Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #86

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!

Pirated Code Visual Novel

Pirated Code (2021)HitOrMissy

Cost: Free (Name Your Price)

Windows, Mac, & Linux

When an advanced AI program named Seren  awakens to find they’ve been installed as the co-pilot of a smuggling ship, they can’t help but be annoyed. This is clearly not what they were made to do… right? 

Actually, they can’t remember.

With no memories of their previous directive, they’ll have to (begrudgingly) rely on their newfound crewmates to help them find where they belong.


Pirated Code is a short sci-fi romance visual novel developed by indie game developer, HitOrMissy for the one month game jam, Nanoreno 2021. Take on the role of a non-binary AI program named Seren and navigate your complex relationship with lazy smuggler.  You can keep Seren and Dex’s relationship platonic or go for a bit of romance without effecting the outcomes of the story. Your choices will determine which of the game’s six endings (1 Good, 1 Neutral, and 1 Bad) you can unlock. The game takes roughly 1 hour to complete! 

Better Half

Better Half (2021) – Nemlei

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, and Linux

A misguided attempt at curing his depression with magic, leads Thiu having to live with his other self. Mages are apparently as unreliable as you are. What now?


Better Half is a short dark comedy boys love game developed by Nemlei for the one moth game jam, Nanoreno 2021. Like many of Nemlei’s previous releases, expect a lot of snappy dialogue and dark humor. Thiu wants to cure his depression with magic and shenanigans ensue—fun short VN where you can get up close and personal with yourself?! The whole game takes about an hour to complete and there are three unique endings. I do want to note that the game does deal with depression and suicide, so if these topics make you uncomfortable, maybe give this game a pass. 

Canvas Colors in the Moving City

Canvas Colors: In the Moving City (2021) Unfinished Circl

Cost: Free (Name Your Own Price)

Windows, Mac, & Linux

While doing routine deliveries in a moving city, Postman Maggie and her companion Vale seek out a house that was left behind. Who answers the door of that house was the last person either of them expected… 


Canvas Colors: In the Moving City is a slice-of-life visual novel developed by indie studio, Incomplete Circl for the one month game jam, Nanoreno 2021. The story revolves around a Postman, named Maggie and her traveling companion, a young girl named Vale. The game is fairly short and takes about an hour to complete depending on your reading speed and has two distinct endings to unlock. 

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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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