Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #101

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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The Last Matches indie game

The Last Matches

  • Publisher: Akua, cross_couloir, NiAsobu, pumpkin spike
  • Genre: Fantasy | Fairy Tale | Amare
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac, & Linux

Who would buy matches on Christmas Eve? On a cold, snowy Christmas Eve, the girl strikes her first match in the darkness, illuminating memories she’d since buried deep. Will the last matches give her the strength to keep going?

Inspired by the tragic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, together we bring you an alternate story of a maybe happier ending and a happier life for the little match girl.

Official Synopsis

The Last Matches is a short indie visual novel developed for Winter VN Jam 2021. The game is an alternate retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl and offers a slightly happier outcome to the tragic tales. The game features two distinct endings to explore and four original CGs to collect.

Hallow Breaking Ice indie game

Hallow: Breaking Ice

  • Publisher: Apriscent
  • Genre: Adventure | Puzzle | Visual Novel
  • Cost: Name Your Price
  • Where to Play: Windows Mac & Linux

Winter has reigned over Pluto for more than 100 years. It has gotten so bad that most people cannot leave their house, and the alarming resource shortage means this planet is doomed to be destroyed. 

Unless Pluto manages to place 1st in the next Sorting Event – an opportunity which allows the winner to rearrange the Solar System. 

Chosen to be Pluto’s representative for the upcoming Sorting Event, Charon is training hard to prepare for this challenge. But before moving into the final stages, Charon’s mentor – Xander – wants him to hear a tale about the beginning of Pluto’s dark age.

Official Synopsis

Hallows: Breaking Ice is a sci-fi fantasy indie visual novel developed by Apriscent for Winter VN Jam 2021. The story is set in an endless winter in Pluto that has reigned more than 100 years. Take on the roll of Charon as they compete for a chance to win the upcoming Sorting Event to help change Pluto’s position in the solar system and put an end to the seemingly endless winter.

Holiday Hearts indie game

Holiday Hearts: A Very Merry Christmas Dating Sim

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

Welcome to the town of Winterhaven, a small town where Christmas is the most magical time of the year. Will some of that magic include a little romance?

It’s almost as if you’re living in one of those holiday romance movies…

Just try not to be naughty this year.

Official Synopsis

Holiday Hearts is a Christmas themed indie otome game that was developed by Julia for the Winter VN Jam 2021. Live out your cute winter romance dreams in this cute this is a fun Christmas-y rom-com inspired by holiday movie tropes.

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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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