Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #94

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!

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Tears of Themis

Tears of Themis

  • Publisher: MiHoYo
  • Genre: Joseimuke | Gacha | Investigation
  • Cost: Free (optional in game purchases)
  • Where to Play: App Store | Google Play Store

Stellis, a city that rose from the clash of civilizations.

Modern tech has given it its radiant neon lights but also cast long shadows of obscurity. Lately, there has been an abnormal increase in the number of mental illness cases as well as incidents that threaten Stellis’ social security.
Many gentle and good people of Stellis have somehow grown violent and volatile. These incidents may have been recorded, but they are often drowned out in a flood of data.

Yet someone took notice of them and compiled them for detailed analysis…
Codenamed “X-NOTE”, the project aims to peel away layers of obscuring data and reveal the hidden truth beneath.

When all is put on the scales of the law before Lady Justice, you will be the one to weigh their crimes in the balance.

– Synopsis

Tears of Themis is a gacha romance detective joseimuke developed by miHoYo—the team behind Genshin Impact. In the game, players take on the role of a young lawyer as she pursues truth and justice at the Themis Law firm. Question witnesses and suspects, conduct investigations, examine evidence, and take part in gacha card based legal battles as you work to bring peace back to your fair city. When you aren’t fighting for justice you can also pursue four gorgeous love interests, each with their own backgrounds and motivations! 

I'm a love interest in my childhood friend's reverse harem

I’m a love interest in my childhood friend’s reverse harem

A not-so-generic otome game with BL possibilities.  

Instead of playing the heroine and choosing between several men that have typical dating-sim personalities, you play as the childhood friend. That’s right! The route that’s usually the easiest to complete is no longer available.  You (Geum Park) are thrust into the world of a reverse harem, where your precious childhood friend (Emily Carter) is being hit on by two of your classmates (Ao Yazawa and Hong Yang Chan). You can choose to either play the role of a love interest and try to win the heroine’s heart, or… you can play your own game and try to make the two boys fall for you instead! The choice is yours!


I’m a love interest in my childhood friend’s reverse harem is a  not-so-generic otome game (with BL possibilities) developed by WitPOP for Yaoi Game Jam 2019. Play as the male childhood friend, as he either tries to romance the female heroine, or make the other two male love interests fall for him instead. In this parody of otome games, you decide how your adventure unfolds, make choices that will unlock one of the game’s 10 unique endings in this fun rom-com story! 

Off Day Visual Novel

Off Day

  • Publisher: Viv_url JenJen, CAJJI, klaiis, Arcadim, NicPhan
  • Genre: Point-and-Click | Adventure | Story Based
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Browser | Windows & Mac

A point & click visual novel about appreciating the little things in life.


Off Day is a short chill point and click visual novel developed by viv_url et al. Try and find joy in the little things by exploring your personal spaces. Click on items around each room and decide how they make you feel to bring a bit of happiness back into your life. With it’s chill vibes and soft music, Off Day is a relaxing short game to check out during a lazy afternoon. 

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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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