Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #102

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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Stillwater by Studio Clump


  • Publisher: Studio Clump
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Story-Based
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac, & Linux


Private Investigator Hugo Laurent was ready to busy himself with more paperwork until a young disturbed woman entered his office to request an investigation regarding her grandfather’s safety. What danger awaits underneath the surface of this mystery?

Official Synopsis

Stillwater is a short mystery indie visual novel developed by Studio Clump developed for the Spooktober 3rd Annual Visual Novel Jam. Take on the role of a private investigator as they’re on their latest case. Stillwater is an atmospheric horror game with two unique endings for players to unlock.

Blackout by FRESH


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

A witch on the roof of a scary old house. Black cats, cobwebs, and a crescent moon – all too creepy! In this point & click adventure, your task is to guide the main character Marilyn as she ventures deeper and deeper into a mysterious house in the middle of the night.

Blackout is a straight forward point & click adventure. Investigate, navigate, and use items to interact with things in your environment.

Official Synopsis

Blackout is a short spooky point & click adventure developed by FRESH. The game was originally developed for Ludum Dare 48, this is an updated version of the game. Investigate, navigate, and use items to interact with things in your environment, as you explore a mysterious house in the dead of night.

I want to Pursue the Mean Side Character

I Want to Pursue the Mean Side Character!

  • Publisher: Tsungelique
  • Genre: Fantasy | Yuri | Romance
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac & Linux

Beatrix is used to being misunderstood by her fellow peers.
With her sharp eyes, tall height, and ringlets, she looks like the mean villain straight from a novel.

Thus, she decided that if she was forever going to be seen as the mean bully, she might as well reside herself to the role.

However, things change when she becomes fast friends with the new commoner transfer student, to everyone’s surprise including her own.

And more weirdly, how this new transfer student can seem to understand her better than anyone else and can see her for her true self rather than the part she had been reluctantly forced to play!

Official Synopsis

I Want to Pursue the Mean Side Character is a short girls’ love visual novel developed by Tsungelique. Follow the unlikely friendship between misunderstood Beatrix and super bubbly transfer student, Lily. Can this friendship blossom into something more? Or will Beatrix’s insecurities about her appearance keep her from a sweet romance?

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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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