Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #97

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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Wolfskin's Curse

Wolfskin’s Curse

  • Publisher: Tamafry et al*
  • Genre: Fantasy | Kinetic Novel | Indie
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac, & Linux

Welcome to Belorov.

You stay the night in a walled town with your traveling companion.  Terrible affairs of the past leave you two lost,  left with no choice.

The master of the town has invited you and three others, to partake in a banquet on All Hallows’ Day. 

But as the moon wanes, the scent of fresh blood can be smelled as a scream punctures the night.

Your companion has been accused of murder: after all, he’s beginning to take on a monstrous form and the easiest option would be to blame him. 

The curse brings with it deceit.

Can you prove his innocence to these strangers? 

You have until sundown.

– Synopsis

Wolfskin’s Curse is a short Gothic horror, romance kinetic novel developed by Tamafy et al* for Spooktober 3rd Annual Visual Novel Jam. This is not a visual novel, so there are no branching in-game choices, however the game does deliver an immersive story with several twists and turns that will keep you guessing till the very end. The entire experience takes between 1-2 hours to complete and features full English voice acting. 

*Tamafry (@tamafries), SandraMJ (@sandramjdev), helrouis (@helrouis), Jordan (@robotortoise), Abhishek (@akhmin_ak), RunnerGuitar @RunnerGuitarFordAudioDesign (@FordAudioDesign), Gaming Variety Potato 

Ghost Switch Katy133

Ghost Switch

  • Publisher: Katy133
  • Genre: Supernatural | Wordless | Indie
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac, Linux

Ghost Switch is a wordless visual novel game about a con artist and a ghost who work together to swindle money out of clients who call to have their homes “exorcised.” Things have been going swimmingly so far, but the two may have gotten more than they bargained for with their next gig.


Ghost Switch is a cute Halloween themed visual novel developed by Katy133 for the Spooktober 3rd Annual Visual Novel Jam. Unlike most visual novels that rely on text to tell their stories, Ghost Switch uses symbols as dialogue. The game is short, taking roughly 30 minutes to complete a single playthrough, with three outcomes for the main characters. 

Who Is the Red Queen 4noki

Who is the Red Queen?

  • Publisher: 4noki
  • Genre: Fantasy | Yuri | Romance
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows & Mac

Alice falls down the rabbit hole into a Wonderland not quite right. Meeting an eclectic collection of people, animals, and some things in between, she sets out on an adventure in this odd new place to find the missing Red Queen. Or, more specifically, to find the pieces of the dismembered queen whose body has been strewn across the land.


Who is the Red Queen? is a mid length girls love visual novel developed by 4noki for Spooktober 3rd Annual Visual Novel Jam. The game is a twisted retelling of the Alice in Wonderland story, which follows Alice as she attempts to collect the pieces of the missing Red Queen. Interact with twisted versions of your favorite Wonderland characters and unlock each of the game’s unique endings. 

CW: death, gore, dismemberment, animal cruelty, execution, imprisonment, and suicide from high places

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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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