Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #70

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!

House Game

House(2020) – Bark Bark Games

Cost: $4.99

Windows, Mac, & Linux | Steam

House is a dynamic survival horror game where you play as a young girl exploring an ever-changing House. Over the course of a day, you can interact with the various creatures, objects, and characters to ultimately sway the final dark outcome.


House is a short survival horror game developed by Bark Bark Games just in time for Halloween 2020. Step into the shoes of an unnamed young girl and explore an ever changing setting–interact with strange creatures and characters and unlock each of the game’s uniquely spooky endings. Danger lurks around every corner and your actions can spell disaster if you’re not careful…

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Beyond Your Window (2020)Team SolEtude

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

While searching for new stories to tell, you look outside your window…
and catch glimpses of other people’s lives.
Observing their struggles, you ask yourself what you would do
if it was you living those moments, those situations.
As you immerse yourself in stories filled with love, choices and difficulties,
will you be able to find something to inspire your ideas?


Beyond Your Window is a short narrative game developed by Team SolEtude. The game is divided into four different short-stories each with their own unique epilogue that changes depending on your choices. Interact with objects on your desk and peer out your window and into the lives of the people you see.  The game takes about 30 minutes to an hour per play through and features 15 unique characters.

The Year After

The Year After (2020) – Hadrian Lin

Cost: Free


A low-res game about life, love, loss and walking through time.


The Year After is a story-driven heart-rending walking simulator game about an invisible stranger making their way through seasons to follow the life of a family with all its joy and sorrow. It’s a linear story with few choices, but the ones you do make can change the fates all the characters in the game.

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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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