Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #96

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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I'm a SIDE CHARACTER in a BL story

I’m a SIDE CHARACTER in a BL story

  • Publisher: WitPOP
  • Genre: Comedy | Boys Love | Romance
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac, & Linux

Ever wondered what the side characters get up to in a BL story?

Here’s your chance to find out. 

When a transfer student arrives, Peter recognizes the face of his former childhood friend, Danny. Danny brings back painful memories of the past, memories Peter would rather forget, but Danny seems to have other plans.

No, you don’t play as Peter in this game. You don’t even play as Danny.  Instead, you play as Peter’s friend, Jodeci.

Will you help Peter face his past trauma, or stop Danny from getting too close to hurt Peter again? The choice is yours.

– Synopsis

I’m a SIDE CHARACTER in a BL story!  is a short comedy BL game developed by WitPOP for Yaoi Game Jam 2020. I’m a side character is a spin-off of the team’s main game, I’m a love interest in my childhood friend’s reverse harem!!!, featuring new characters and story (though some characters from the main game make an appearance). In this topsy-turvy rom-com, take on the role of Jodeci, the friend of the main character Peter, and help your friend reconnect with his former childhood friend, Danny… or sabotage their budding relationship (if that’s what floats your boat). Unlock each of the game’s four endings! 

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Candy Scabs

  • Publisher: Nemlei
  • Genre: Fantasy | Black Comedy | Halloween
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows

It’s The Void’s birthday! Bring candy and presents, OR ELSE…!!

A cute but dark little story about two nightmares looking for candy.


Candy Scabs is a cute horror visual novel developed by Nemlei for the Spooktober 3rd Annual Visual Novel Jam. Like many of Nemlei’s games, expect lots of spooky fun, imaginative characters, and a bit of dark humor. Unlock each of the game’s three unique endings–total gameplay is anywhere from 30 mins to an hour. 

The Legend of Heavenly Mist

The Legend of Heavenly Mist

  • Publisher: Saitoki
  • Genre: Fantasy | Boys Love | Romance
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows & Mac

Astor got pushed by his sister on a trip to Heavenly Mist, a mountain with romantic legends.  As he accidentally got in to a strange place, his only companion a mysterious man, what would be the outcome of this encounter?


The Legend of Heavenly Mist is a short boys love visual novel developed by Saitoki for the Valentine’s VN Jam 2021. There is both a browser version of the game and a direct download version. The game takes about an hour to complete and features three unique story paths to unlock. Tired of seeing her brother Astor spend his days alone, Shelly pushes her brother to visit Heavenly Mist mountain. The mountain has a strange rumor associated with it–if a single person visits, they’re bound to find their one true love. Not believing the hype, Astor visits the mountain and is surprised when he encounters a mysterious, handsome stranger… could this be his special someone?

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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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