Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #82

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 out this week’s thrifty gaming picks!

There's This Girl Angela He

There’s This Girl (2018) – Angela He

Cost: Name Your Own Price

Windows, Mac, and Browser | Android | iOS

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

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, and Browser

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

Sumi and the Soulless Spirits (2021) Nacho Average Team*

Cost: Free


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.

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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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5 thoughts on “Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #82

  1. HI! WOW! Thank you *SO* so much for mentioning our game (Sumi and the Soulless Spirits). We’re extremely honored to have been chosen as one of the featured games in your blog! ^ ㅡ^ 💖

    We’re currently planning on releasing version 1.1 with a little extra polish on April 11th, so we hope that the experience will be a bit better. :3

    And if possible, we’d love if you could credit the whole team! We published under “Nacho Average Team” haha! But our members are: Lunadyn – programmer, Snoqie – character artist, Vyre – 3D artist, Wanderer – programmer, Bosu – composer.

    Thanks SO MUCH again for mentioning us! Hope you enjoyed the game! 😀

    1. Ooops, I just went with the account listed on itch, but I updated the post! You all did such amazing work, gotta make sure to give credit where credit is due! 😊

      You and the team made a super cute and fun game and I just had to share it! Thank you for stopping by and I’d love to see more games from you all in the future!

      1. OH NO! Totally fine!! 😀 Lunadyn definitely did TONS of amazing hard work to make this game possible. Without her, Sumi wouldn’t be what it is today! ^ ㅡ^
        Thank you for updating the credit list!! We really appreciate it. 💛
        And thanks so much for the compliments – really warms our hearts to know that you enjoyed it and thought it was cute haha!!

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