Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #68

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!

Infinite Nightmares

Infinite Nightmares (2020) alpasyon007

Cost: Free


Infinite Nightmares is a horror game with a stuck in a loop theme. This game is about a little girl’s nightmares. She is stuck in her own nightmares and trying to solve the mystery right until she discovers something horrible at the end…


Infinite Nightmares is a short 2D horror game developed by alpasyon007 for the game jam, Ludum Dare 47 .  Explore the recesses of a young girls nightmare, by navigating what seems to be an infinite hallway loop in an effort to solve an ongoing mystery by solving unique puzzles.

Take a Hike

Take A Hike (2020) Jane Titor

Cost: $3.50

Windows, Mac, & Linux

Cheerful slacker Olive thought that taking an outdoor ed. class during her final year of high school would be an easy credit, but the year-end camping trip turns out to be a lot more than she bargained for. When an argument with another classmate spurs the hot-tempered Sage to run off alone into the woods, Olive follows her, hoping to lift her spirits and make sure she’s safe. But the bubbly and energetic Heather has the same idea, and tensions between her and Sage threaten to turn the trip into even more of a disaster than it is already. Olive just wants her classmates to get along, but they seem to disagree on everything—and to make things even worse, they’ve lost track of how to get back to their campsite! Follow three stressed-out teens on a journey full of bickering, mosquitoes, and self-discovery.


Take a Hike is a short yuri visual novel developed by Jane Titor, the creator of the fantasy VN, The Light at the End of the  Ocean. The game takes roughly 30-45 minutes to complete. Follow Olive as she navigates the ups and downs of a school camping trip, interact with a vibrant cast of characters in this fun coming of age story.

Therapist Mind Manager

THERAPIST: Mind Manage (2020) Nicolau Chaud

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

Trigger Warning: The topic of rape is addressed through numerous elements of the game. 

THERAPIST: Mind Manager is a visual novel with simulation elements set on modern times, following the life of an ordinary man working as a psychotherapist.

Working as a therapist, you also need to keep your patients sane and balanced. Conducting a therapy session requires multiple skills: maintaining your posture, validating your patient through dialog choices, choosing appropriate intervention approaches and performing skill tests. Session scoring affects feedback from your patients and the game ending.

The story plot focuses on the existential downward spiral of the main character and the moral and ethical challenges posed by one of your patients: an admitted sexual offender.


THERAPIST: Mind Manager is a short life simulator/visual novel about a troubled therapist who needs to manage his patient’s mental health as well as his own. Your main stats are MOOD, ANXIETY, STAMINA and MONEY. Every action and event affect some or all of those stats. If MOOD is low or ANXIETY is high, there are certain actions your character will not perform. If your stats reach critical levels, the effects are more tragic. Your main goal in the game is to remain sane and balanced throughout the story. There are three endings in the game to unlock.

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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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