Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #75

Hey Blerdy Tribe! It’s 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!

Ascension Visual Novel SulMatul

Ascension (2021) – SulMatul

Cost: Free

Windows and Mac

Ascension is a visual novel following three lost souls as they venture into The Zone – a dangerous and alien area, fenced off by the rest of the world – and at its center is rumoured to be something that can grant any wish, any innermost desire.

But, at a price. 

There’s no turning back. Once you leave your old life behind to go chasing dreams, you can never return. 

Two desperate people and their sardonic guide venture into The Zone, but what they find there will forever, permanently change them – and, just maybe, change the world.


Ascension  is a short dramatic LGBT positive visual novel developed by YouTuber, SulMatul. The game is loosely based on Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 sci-fi film, Stalker and follows three different characters as they leave their lives behind to venture into The Zone in search of an item rumored to grant wishes. The game takes 2-3 hours to complete and feature LGBT romance options. Like most visual novels, your choices will determine which of the game’s five endings you will unlock. 

Purrfectly Apawcalypse 2

Purrfect Apawcalypse: Purrgatory Furever! (2019) – 90% Studios

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

One thousand students from the Hachiko High School massacre have risen from the dead to crash Olive’s birthday party! Trapped in the Grimalkin Estate, Olive and their pals will have to figure out how these dogs were resurrected, why Sparky’s acting so strange, and why Angel’s old body is out to get them.

But remember: Just because you’re trying to survive the zombie apawcalypse, doesn’t mean you can’t try and make your friends happy!


Guilty Parade is a two part military fiction visual novel developed by the indie games studio, Nozori Games. xperience two sides of a military conflict, by stepping into the shoes of two very different protagonists on either side of the barricades. On one side is Nemo—an amnesiac young man who is taken in by the Commander of an unusual squadron of soldiers. Though he doesn’t remember much about his past, he is thrust headfirst into their cause as he and his new comrades attempt to investigate a mysterious crime. On the other side is Lien—a child of war, desperate to avenge the death of his mothers at the hand of the black apostates. Your choices matter as you navigate the complexities of war.

When the Past was Around Nintendo Switch

When the Past was Around (2020) – Mojiken

Cost: $7.99 (Steam) | $8.49 (NS)

Steam | Nintendo Switch

Something is missing from her world…

This is the story of Eda, a girl in her early 20s.
Like anyone in her age, she’s lost.
She lost her way in the journey to achieve her dreams.
She lost her way in the journey to find love.

That until she met The Owl.

The man that would help her burn her passion,
the man that would help her find the spark in a relationship,
and also the man that would teach her about heartbreak.

The game tells a bittersweet tale between a girl and her lover in a surreal world consisting of disjointed rooms from memories and time. With each gathered clue, solved puzzles, and unlocked door, the girl will find her way, unraveling the secrets between her and her lover, the secrets which she used to know.


When the Past was Around is an adventure point-and-click puzzle game about love, moving on, letting go, and the joy and pain of everything in between. The game is a short silent narrative experience that can be finished in less than 2 hours. Explore a bittersweet tale between a girl and her lover in a surreal world consisting of disjointed rooms of memories and time. Solve several brain-teasing puzzles as you navigate the story. 

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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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