Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #73

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!

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Nebula (2020) – Nebula the Game Team

Cost: Free

Windows and Mac

NEBULA is a sci-fi visual novel set in a distant solar system. A 3-year war has ravaged the galaxy, leaving the survivors to pick up the pieces. Amongst the victims are the mystical Milii people, who lost their planet in the final days of the war.

You play as the First Mate on the crew of the Mercy, contracted by a humanitarian group called the Baransu Union.

The mission is simple: find the Milii people a new home. Accompanied by the Emissary and the mysterious Seed, you and your crew will explore the far reaches of the galaxy, encountering other survivors, natural terrors and interstellar marvels.

Are you ready?


Nebula is free to play sci-fi visual novel that explores the relationships between the player character and the crew of the Mercy. In the game players can take on the role of the ship’s first mate and choose between three distinctive extraterrestrial species–each with their own unique appearance, backgrounds, and personality traits. The game takes anywhere from 5 – 6 hours to complete and gives players a chance to interact with an blended cast of characters.

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May I Take Your Order? (2020) – Alexis Royce

Cost: Free

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Tonight, we’re pleased to serve you a fun little romantic dish with a scoop of horror and a nice, bloody ganache.


May I Take Your Order? is a short dark comedy visual novel developed by Alexis Royce. The game takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to complete, but there are a whopping five unique endings to unlock. Step into the shoes of a restaurant server who finds themselves serving a very unusual couple… but be sure to bring your best smile and customer service or instead of a big tip, you might just lose your life.

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Alloys Over Flowers (2019) – Elowan

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

Accountant and sculptor Junia has settled into a small town after accepting that her amnesia cannot be cured. Her life is uprooted when a noble’s son attempts to kidnap her from her home, believing she is captive against her will. Shocked to find that his alleged fiancée no longer remembers him, he vows to convince her to return home with him, even if they must forge a relationship from scratch.


Alloys Over Flowers is a romance visual novel developed by Elowan & Jelli for the one month game jam, NaNoRenO 2019. In the game you play as Junia, an amnesiac young woman who must choose between her former fiancé, Owen, so of the local Viscount and small town blacksmith, Marcus. Alloys Over Flowers takes about an hour to complete and offers three different outcomes.

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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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One thought on “Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #73

  1. You really have a penchant for discovering these. “May I Take Your Order?” and “Alloys over Flowers” both look like fun and low-commitment games that I’d love to try.

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