Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #99

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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First Bite

  • Publisher: First Bite Games
  • Genre: Fantasy | LGBTQ+ | Romance
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac, & Linux

Play as Noe, a human and lover of all things paranormal, as they take a chance and enter the strange house on Dead End Drive with the hope that the rumors they’ve heard about its inhabitants are true. There they find Laurel, Ilyas, and Valeria, and they quickly discover that there’s no escape, but not all endings are fatal. 

– Synopsis

First Bite is an 18+ LGBTQ+ dark comedy visual novel developed through a partnership between Souha Al-Samkari, Dani Dee, Aenne Schumann, and Kris Wise–each of whom work within their own indie dev teams. Take on the role of Noe, a human who finds themselves at the mercy of three sexy vampires. Will you live to see another day? Or will you succumb to the dangerous whims of this trio of gorgeous vampires?

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AniCon: Animal Complex – Rabbit’s Path

  • Publisher: Zeiva Inc.
  • Genre: Fantasy | Comedy | Romance
  • Cost: $7.99
  • Where to Play: Windows Mac & Linux

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!


AniCon-Sheep’s Path is the third 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 two installments–but it will help give insight into some of the other characters. 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.

Yurisprudence Game


  • Publisher: mlkrn & cygni
  • Genre: Yuri | Slice-of-Life | Romance
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac & Linux

An epistolary romance about two law students.
Whether it’s more about yuri or jurists is open to discussion in the existing doctrine.


Yurisprudence is a short yuri visual novel about jurisprudence developed by mlkrn and cygni for Yuri Game Jam 2021. Learn a bit about law and watch two law students fall in love! The game takes about 30 minutes to complete and features 3 unique endings, 1 CG, and two animations. 

*Warning from the Devs: This game is not recommended for children under 13. It contains strong language, written descriptions of crime, violence, human rights abuse, and discusses political themes. 

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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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