Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #85

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!

Drowning, Drowning

Drowning, Drowning (2020)Nami

Cost: Free (Name Your Price)

Windows & Mac

DROWNING, DROWNING is the story of a young girl who dives into the sea. make your way through the kelp forests and meet the friendly residents of an underwater city… but were you really invited here just for fun? or was there some deeper reason…?


Drowning, Drowning is a short RPG Maker fantasy game developed by Nami. While the game is rated all ages, there are some horror elements towards the end of the game that may stressful for some players. The game takes roughly an hour to complete and has one ending. Take a dip beneath the sea—explore a vibrant underwater city and interact with its unique residents!

Appetite Amor

Appetité Amor (2021) – Akua et al.

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, and Linux

Fianna is good at anything she puts her mind to — which usually involves trying to max out her stats, inhaling copious amounts of food and doing her best in avoiding getting into Guild House brawls. A pleasant twist of fate leads her to find Cafe Amor and its otherworldly — quite literally — chef, Leon. 

Join Fianna and Leon as they face magical beasts, mysterious entities and something far more strange and wonderful than anything they have ever faced: their growing relationship.


Appetite Amor is a short romance indie visual novel developed through a collaborative effort between Akua, Midge, Azuremia, pumpkin spike, illegalileo, and Foleso for the game jam Nanoreno 2021. Follow Fia and Leon as they tackle magical beasts and maybe catch feelings along the way. Appetite Amor features one romanceable character, with three unique endings and takes roughly an hour to complete. Unlock 2 romantic CGs and 5 Food CGs. 

Maid of Chapelle Bleue

Maid of Chapelle Bleue (2021) Rachelu

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux

New maid Eloise is excited to escape her tiny hamlet to take care of the reclusive Lord Fox’s estate, Chapelle Bleue. The castle is situated in the outskirts of town within a sprawling forest. 

And there are rumors.


Maid of Chapelle Bleue is a mystery visual novel developed by Rachelu for the game jam Nanoreno 2021. Follow newbie maid Eloise as she acclimates herself to her new life at Chapelle Bleue, meet the staff and the manor’s owner the reclusive, Lord Fox. But, all is not what it seems and you’ll need to keep your wits about you as you uncover the secret of the estate and its owner. There are three endings to obtain and the whole game takes anywhere from 25 – 30 minutes to complete. 

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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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