Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #65

Hey there Heroes, Travelers, and Wandering NPCs, it’s once again that special time of the week—Thrifty Thursday!

In a world where it’s all about the almighty dollar, sometimes it’s a little tough to make our pennies stretch enough to accommodate our hobbies. But, there are plenty of ways to balance your budget while still enjoying the things you love, you just have to be a little thrifty about it. So, I created Thrifty Gaming in order to spotlight some lesser known indie titles that are both entertaining an affordable.

If you’re a new follower or someone who has been following since my Nice Job Breaking It Hero days and have been gone for awhile, here’s a refresher… Thrifty Gaming, is a weekly post series where I spotlight three games/visual novels that are under $10.00. These can be mobile games, PC games, and a few times I have found some nice indie console titles too. The list used to focus on just otome games and romance visual novels, but after requests from a few readers I have since expanded to other gaming genres. I don’t include sales or limited time offers, each title has to be consistently priced at $10.00 or less without any promotions to be included in this line up.


Note, these are not reviews, rather recommendations so your mileage may vary with some of these titles. This week’s post will include a brief synopsis and links to each game so you can add them to your gaming library! You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy your hobbies, so save a little bread and check this week’s thrifty gaming picks!

Winterlore Game

Winterlore I (2019) Moroi Springs

Cost: $1.00

Windows, Mac, & Linux

Follow the story of young Ozana, as she embarks on a quest of self-discovery and healing after her beloved grandmother passed away. She begins by treading in the same footsteps as her late grandmother, encouraged by the fact that she knows the family’s traditions inside and out. She’ll meet mysterious characters along the way. Some are friends, some are foes and some, are not entirely human.


Winterlore I is a point and click mystery adventure game developed by Moroi Springs. Explore the region of Moroi Springs—a land filled with strange and mysterious creatures. Uncover the secrets and discover lost traditions and folklore by solving unique puzzles and examining relics scattered around Moroi Springs.

Far From Noise

Far From Noise (2017) George Batchelor

Cost: $7.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux

You are balanced on the edge of a cliff in an old rusting car.

The sun is setting behind the horizon and night will soon fall. With no immediate means of escape, perhaps all that’s left is to attempt to feel some connection with the world at the end of it all.


Far from Noise is a single-player, narrative driven story told through a series of in game dialogue choices. As your car sits precariously balanced on the edge of a cliff, you can contemplate life, death, and the circumstances surrounding your current situation. You can even interact with a variety of creatures while the world around you changes ever so slightly. There are several unique endings that change depending on your choices and actions in each playthrough.

The Ghost Train

The Ghost Train (2020)   Chilla’s Art

Cost: $2.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux | Steam

The Ghost Train is a short atmospheric psychological horror game. Explore a deserted train station and avoid the horrors that exist within. Complete a series of puzzles as you navigate the spooky locales. The game takes roughly 40 minutes to an hour to complete.

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That’s it for this week’s thrifty buys, but, don’t worry I’ll have more titles for in next week’s post, so be on the look out for that next Thursday! But, if all that extra money you saved is burning a hole in your pocket and you just can’t wait for next week’s list, definitely check out some of my previous Thrifty Gaming posts, there are tons of games for gamers who like me are ballin’ on a budget!

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