Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #72

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!

My Vow to My Liege

My Vow to My Liege (2020) – YETU Games

Cost: $9.99


In the last years of the dynasty, during the Spring and Autumn Period (approximately between 771 – 476BC), the Liege of a certain nation struggles of hegemony, and wars seemed endless. The Kingdom of Ng defeated their old enemy, the Kingdom of Yue. In the course of the war, the King of Ng, HéLǘ, sustained fatal injuries as he passed the throne to the new king “FuChai”, a girl.

To fulfil the secret and long-standing wish of their ancestors of breaking their sacred vow with the Dragon God, she is forced to live a lie. Faced with countless bloody battles to seal the Dragon God, there suddenly appears a reprieve…

Amid the chaos, who will loyally sacrifice their life and who will plot a scheme of betrayal——
Will they choose the man over the country? Love over hate? Who will they finally end up with?


My Vow to My Liege is a alternate historical romance visual novel from Yetu Games, the developers behind Lost in Secular Love. While the game borrows elements from Chinese history, it is meant to be a work of fiction. In the game you play as a young woman masquerading as  the King of Ng, FuChai. Romance one of four male love interests as you navigate the highs and lows of court politics.

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What Comes After (2020) – Mohammad Fahmi (fahmitsu) & Rolling Glory Jam

Cost: $4.99

Windows & Mac | Steam

Help Vivi finds herself through the journey that takes her to where people go after they died, to what comes after. Ride the train filled with the souls of the people, animals, and plants that are on their way to leave this world, and talk to them to learn about love, regrets, life, and death that haunt us every day until our time has come. All presented in a light-hearted way with a sprinkle of comedy and philosophy.


What Comes After is a short interactive game developed as part of a collaboration between fanmitsu creator of Coffee Talk and Rolling Glory Jam the creator of Rage in Peace. In the game, you play as Vivi a passenger on a train headed to the afterlife, encounter the ghosts of other people, animals, and even plants. Listen to their stories and learn an important lesson about yourself in the process.

*Note the game does have references to suicide and self harm. 

Scarlet Hollow

Scarlet Hollow Episode 1 (2020) – Black Tabby Games

Cost: Name Your Own Price

Windows, Mac, & Linux | Steam

You jolt awake as the bus hits a particularly nasty bump. You feel like you’d only just managed to start drifting off, and now here you are, awake again and still exhausted.

For a moment, you’re hazy on the details of where exactly ‘here’ is, confusing this bus with the many others that came before it. But as your mind continues to reassert its existence in the waking world, the past few days come back into focus. The long-lost cousin, the bad news, the twenty-six hours of bus rides with countless late-night stops in seedy depots that felt unsafe even in the middle of the day. You wouldn’t normally find yourself traveling like this, but your cousin bought the tickets. The funeral of her mother, your aunt, seemed like something you shouldn’t ignore, even considering your own late mother’s rocky relationship with this side of the family.

Fortunately, the end of your long journey is in sight. You’re almost in Scarlet Hollow.


Scarlet Hollow is a horror adventure game developed by Abby Howard. In the game you’ll explore the mysterious town of Scarlet Hollow—a place where everything isn’t always what it seems. Unravel the mysteries surrounding the town by investigating it’s secrets and interacting with some of its residents, some of which you can pursue romantically.

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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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  1. I’m on my way to finish My Vow To My Liege 2nd route. This game was really good. My only problem is the one I interest in was a girl which she didn’t have route, even if Yetu maybe make an DLC in the future if their sale go well.

Gush about cute otome boys~