Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #91

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!

AniCon Animal Complex Sheep

AniCon: Animal Complex – Sheep’s Path (2018)Zeiva Inc

Cost: $7.99

Windows, Mac, & LinuxSteam

Clena, your normal everyday girl, finds herself in front of a circus filled with lovely animals. However, she quickly discovers that they are not ordinary animals – They are actually human boys who can transform into animals!

A romance, comedy, fantasy Visual Novel – filled with adventures, misadventures, adorable animals, brother conflicts, circus cleaning, collecting puzzle pieces, and more – all in one package!

– Synopsis

AniCon-Sheep’s Path is the second route in the romance comedy indie otome game series, AniCon: Animal Complex, developed by Zeiva Inc. Each installment focuses on a new love interest and features a story unique to that pursuable characters. Because of this you do not need to play the first installment, Cat’s Path to enjoy Sheep’s Path. The game takes place over the course of one year and features a total of three unique endings. Your choices throughout will determine which ending you unlock, but in addition to the usual visual novel gameplay features, players can also perform tasks (cleaning around the circus) and interact with various other characters.

Blooming Panic

Blooming Panic (2021) RoboBarbie

Cost: Free 

Windows, Mac, and Linux

Depressed day-in and day-out from a draining corporate job, you become invested in a fantasy webnovel and find a mysterious link to a fan server. Everyone is warm and welcoming, but three members take a special interest in you!


Blooming Panic is a meta romance otome stylized like a modern messenger fanserver. The game was developed by RoboBarbie for Otome Jam 2021. Blooming Panic takes place largely within an interactive fanserver (similar to Discord) where players can interact with the love interests and other characters. There are also fun interactive character video calls (with English voice acting). Players can pursue 3 characters with a total of six  unique endings and four epilogues. 

Yrsa Major

Yrsa Major (2021) Shibalist

Cost: Free

Windows, Mac, & Linux 

In a world governed by the laws of alchemy, where elementals called ishim live among humans, and alchemists are revered… the woodcutter Yrsa doesn’t care about any of that. Her village is too poor for alchemists or ishim, and monsters frequently menace it. All she wants is to protect her village however she can.

Then an encounter with a mysterious alchemist leaves Yrsa bonded to an ishim of her own. However, rather than being powerful or fierce, Uribel is a gentle pacifist, a water elemental with a love for all living creatures – and as a result is entirely useless to Yrsa, or so she thinks.

But as Uribel continues to aid her in his own way, could Yrsa eventually come to accept that there is more to strength than power, and more to love than the love she’d given up on?


Yrsa Major is a short fantasy indie otome game developed by ShibaList for Otome Jam 2021. This is the team’s first visual novel project and features a straightforward healing romance with action, suspense, magic, and big creepy monsters. Romance one older male love interests and explore a rich fantasy setting—your choices throughout will determine which of the game’s three endings you unlock. There is roughly 2 hours of gameplay. 

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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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