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 out this week’s thrifty gaming picks!
There’s This Girl (2018) – Angela He
Cost: Name Your Own Price
Experience love between two girls, earnest stargazers and still searching for their path in life.
The future is unclear: Will their dreams be broken? Will they walk different paths? And.. can their love be torn apart?
There’s This Girl is a short LGBTQ+ game developed by Angela He for the Stanford Fall Game Jam 2018. Like many of Angela He’s other releases, There’s This Girl offers an emotional and visually stunning gaming experience taking players through the relationship between two young women. The game utilizes a highly interactive interface—click and swipe your way through scenes as you would pictures on a phone, while also completing simple puzzles and making choices that help move the story along. The whole experience takes anywhere from 10-15 minutes to complete and can be played from your browser, though the game mechanics work best on mobile devices.
NextDoor (2021) – Broelbrak
What starts as a simple confrontation with her upstairs neighbor over his loud music quickly turns into a living nightmare for a young woman who finds herself unwittingly crossing paths with his next door neighbor— a mysterious (and terrifying) woman in black.
NextDoor is a short cinematic pixel horror game developed by Broelbrak. The game is based on the Junji Ito manga, Mimi’s Ghost Stories and serves an homage to the author and his works. The game faithfully adapts the first chapter of the manga anthology, The Woman Next Door, following Mimi as she navigates the strange goings on in her apartment building, including her enigmatic neighbor. Play from your browser using your keyboard to navigate Mimi’s apartment building and interact with objects and other residents.
Sumi and the Soulless Spirits (2021) – Nacho Average Team*
The world of magic is crumbling, which is causing mayhem among the fairies who guard the enchanted forest. You are an apprentice mage who is guided by the different fairy clans to learn and master the wizardry elements. By gathering their elemental orbs, perhaps peace can be restored once again.
Sumi and the Soulless Spirits is a short, cute platformer developed by Lunadyn for the week long College Game Jam. Play as a apprentice mage and navigate a rich fantasy world on a quest to locate 3 elemental fairies to restore peace to your forest home. Use elemental magic to open barriers and use debris from your surroundings to interact with the world around you and other creatures as you move from place to place.
* The members are: Lunadyn – programmer, Snoqie – character artist, Vyre – 3D artist, Wanderer – programmer, Bosu – composer.
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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