Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #83

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!

Yuki's Palpitating, Passionate, Phenomenal, and quite frankly Proficient quest for a (hot) girlfriend!!!oys Love Games

Yuki’s Palpitating, Passionate, Phenomenal, and quite frankly Proficient quest for a (hot) girlfriend!!! (2021)milkkylemon

Cost: Name Your Own Price

Windows and Mac

Help Yuki get a girlfriend!!! (or maybe three?)


Yuki’s 4P is a short comedy yuri visual novel developed by milkkylemon for the game jam, Nanoreno 2021. Follow Yuki, a cute girl in the springtime of her youth on her quest to bag a hot girlfriend! Romance three mega hot girls—pursue them separately or shoot for the game’s poly ending~ Unlock each of the game’s five endings! 

Monster Cafe

Monster Café (2021) Kira and Vincent Night

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, and Linux

When you suddenly lose your job under mysterious circumstances, you’re relieved to find that a local coffee shop is hiring—although, you don’t remember seeing this particular café before today… 👁️

But Mosspoint is a weird little town where the strange is a part of life.

Take orders from some of the cafe’s strange regulars, learn about their (surprisingly mundane) lives, and maybe brew up a little friendship in the process.


Monster Café is a supernatural slice-of-life indie visual novel developed by Kira and Vincent Night for the game jam, Nanoreno 2021. Take on the role of a gender neutral protagonist working at a mysterious café, serve up some coffee and get to know some of the shop’s strange patrons. Befriend an energetic demon named Poppy and a super cute super shy moth. Keep things platonic or pursue something a bit more romantic, the choice is yours. Unlock each of the game’s four unique endings and collect the gorgeous ending CGs. 

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A Forsaken Place (2021) LegendEX Games

Cost: Free

Windows and Mac

Centuries ago, Ingrid the Great waged war on demonkind with the power of black magic and won. Demons were banished to the underworld where they could no longer harm humanity with their wicked ways.  Or, so the legend goes.  

After finding her great ancestor’s journal, Titania wants to become the greatest enchantress to ever live. So naturally, she summons the Demon Prince, Asmodeus, using Ingrid’s notes. What could go wrong? 

Romance, befriend, or even make an enemy of Asmodeus. Will you be able to uncover the truth about the relationship between humanity and demonkind, or will you be left in the dark? 


A Forsaken Place is a dark fantasy indie otome game developed by LegendEx Games for the game jam, Nanoreno 2021. In the game you play as a Titania, a mage descended from one of the greatest enchantresses the world has ever known. But unlike her famous ancestor, Titania’s powers are average at best and she comes up with a plan to summon the Demon Prince, Asmodeus in hopes that he will teach her more about the dark arts. There is one love interest to pursue and three unique endings to unlock. A Forsaken Place also features partial English voice acting!

Check out the full review: A Forsaken Place Nanoreno 2021 Game Review

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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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