Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #81

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!

Corinne Cross's Dead and Breakfast Game

Corinne Cross’s Dead and Breakfast (2016) Bad Chalk

Cost: $4.99

Windows and MacSteam

With no plans lined up after graduating, Corinne agrees to do a favor and look after a hospitalized acquaintance’s home… a home that turns out to be a ghost-infested bed & breakfast! Her peaceful week of housesitting becomes seven days of madness as she finds herself surrounded by a variety of eccentric ghosts with entirely different demands…


Corinne Cross’s Dead and Breakfast  is a short side scrolling adventure game developed by Bad Chalk. The game was initially developed in a month for the 2015 Indie Game Making Contest where it won the grand prize. In the game you play as Corinne and must maintain a haunted bed and breakfast for 7 days. Get to know the B&B’s ghostly guests, interact with them and take care of their various needs—but take care your choices determine which of the endings you’ll unlock. Maintain the grounds by taking care of the various potted plants and even sell the flowers you grow for cash money! Cook up tasty meals and unlock 10 delicious recipes.

Midnight Scenes

Midnight Scenes Ep 1: The Highway (2020) – Octavi Navarro

Cost: Name Your Own Price

Windows and Mac

Claire Barnes is about to discover what kind of horrors lurk in the darkness of a deserted road.

In tonight’s episode The Highway, we follow Claire on her attempt to resume her journey after an unexpected obstacle appears in front of her car.


Midnight Scenes Ep 1: The Highway is the first in a series of short horror stories developed by Octavi Navarro. Inspired by horror and mystery anthology series like The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits, Midnight Scene takes players on their own suspenseful adventure. Navigate atmospheric locales collecting items and solving puzzles in hopes of making it out unscathed. 

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Lavender (2016) Clockwork Prince

Cost: Free

Windows and Mac

An alternate take on the classic fairytale of Rapunzel, with horror elements~


Lavender is a short horror RPG maker game, inspired by the Rapunzel . While the game does feature horror elements it is possible to get through a playthrough without encountering anything too scary. Travel between the different floors of a tower, while solving challenging puzzles as you attempt to unlock each of the game’s unique endings. 

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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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