Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #95

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!


A Year of Springs

 

A Year of Springs (2021)npckc

Cost: $5.00

Windows, Mac, & Linux | Steam

three women, three stories, three springs.

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experience the stories of haru, erika, and manami in A YEAR OF SPRINGS, a visual novel trilogy about a trio of friends navigating their feelings of love, connection, and just wanting to belong.

– Synopsis

A Year of Spring is a compilation game of One Night, Hot Spring trilogy by npckc and includes all three games along with three brand new epilogues following the characters after the events of their respective stories. The trilogy discusses issues that people of different genders and sexualities may face in their day to day lives. In One Night Hot Spring, follow Haru a transgender Japanese woman as she navigates a trip to a local hot spring with her friends. In Last Day of Springfollow Erika as she tries to plan a spa day for her friend Haru (and also discovers her own budding feelings of love). In Spring Leaves No Flowersfollow Manami as she discovers what love and romance mean to her. Three different women. Three different, but interconnected journeys.  


Heart Fragment

Heart Fragment (2021) Starfield Gaming

Cost: $9.99 

Windows, Mac, & Linux | Steam

Can you collect all of the fragments, solve the mysteries, and find your way to a happy ending? 

In this mysterious otome game, play as a protagonist (name customizable but “Xani” by default) struggling to cope with the hand life has dealt you. Your mother’s death was a tragedy that left you cynical and numb to the world. Now, though, greater challenges are piling up fast – and it all begins when you find out you are not entirely human.

The disappearance of a friend. A sudden attack that leaves you wounded. Mysterious characters entering and leaving your life. Growing bonds. Coming to terms with what exactly “humanity” is…

Please. Find a happy ending. Don’t let tragedy be the only option.

-Synopsis

Heart Fragment is a mystery romance indie otome game developed by Starfield Gaming. The game has three planned books, however at the time of this post only book one is available to play. Take on the role of Xani Green, a young woman who discovers that she may not be as normal as she once believed. Piece together the secrets of her past to unlock a larger supernatural mystery. In Book One, players can romance two unique characters, Kay and Clive (later books will introduce new romanceable/befriend-able characters). 

Check out my playthrough over on Twitch!


Up All Night

Up All Night (2020)  Fiendish Fiction

Cost: Free

Windows & Mac

Stranded in the remote cabin that was supposed to serve as a weekend getaway, recent high school grad Nick is on his own to explore the surrounding backwoods.

Unfortunately things take a dark turn when he stumbles upon a gruesome scene.

Accompanied by two new local acquaintances, Nick’s first goal is to uncover the mystery of what haunts the woods. His second is to survive it.

Unearth secrets hidden between the trees. Solve a murder. Confront what awaits in the darkness.

Whatever transpires, you’re guaranteed to be up all night.

-Synopsis

Up All Night is a short psychological horror visual novel developed by Fiendish Fiction for the Spooktober 2nd Annual Visual Novel Jam. Dive into your very own horror adventure, follow Nick and his companions as they attempt to get to the bottom of a gruesome murder. Can you survive? Unlock each of the game’s eight unique endings and uncover the truth, but beware, your choices will determine whether or not you’ll make it out of your adventure alive. 

Warning: This game incorporates mature themes including physical violence, suicidal ideation, medication abuse, trauma response, and visual and written depictions of gore.


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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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