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Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #66

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.

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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!


Ovine Replica

Ovine Replica (2020) Amorous Ursidae

Cost: Free

Windows & Mac

Once an impoverished boy, Ecout Kanovos lands a job as a recruit for the authoritative force of the city of Enonoia: the Master Order Trained Hire. However, Ecout soon realizes that this work exceeds his expectations of delivering any sort of justice.

Amidst the chaos of sudden abductions and riots, an otherworldly atmosphere looms just beyond the recesses of the city’s society. From a dubious state prison, Ecout frees Otis: a peculiar young man with a beastly visage who promises to return the favor with an ability to grant any wish.

Could this power repair Ecout’s life before it crumbles along with the city, or will the events that follow mark his undoing? What awaits you in the end is yet to be found.

-Synopsis

Ovine Replica is a short adventure visual novel developed by Amorous Ursidae available for PC (Windows and Mac). The game draws inspiration from games like Chaos;Head and Shin Megami Tense. Like most visual novels, the bulk of the gameplay consists of making a series of in-game choices that determine which of the multiple outcomes you can achieve. With each new choice, you uncover a new piece of an overarching mystery.


Therapy with Dr Albert Krueger

Therapy with Dr Albert Krueger (2020) dino999z

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

The genius of Dr. Krueger shines again with his newest revolutionary breakthrough therapeutic sessions. Allow Krueger’s new treatment to tackle the toughest cases of mental disorder (peer-review pending) and fears in our ever changing day to day world. The genius lies not only within Krueger’s stunning techniques as a therapist, but also with what he calls “Dream Therapy”, combining breakthrough neuron technology with his closely held therapy principals.

-Synopsis

Therapy with Dr Albert Krueger is a short interactive survival horror game developed by dino999z the second annual Spooktober Visual Novel Jam. Sign up for your personal therapy session with Dr. Albert Krueger, his revolutionary technique will literally change your life! Complete a series of interactive puzzles and tasks in this hilarious (and lowkey terrifying) VN.


Last Train Home

Last Train Home (2020)   hby

Cost: Free

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A short game about a guy stuck on a train.

-Synopsis

Last Train Home is a short horror-adventure game about being stuck on a train. Loosely based on a story of the same name hby read on the internet. This game was originally submitted to MiniJam 47.


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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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