Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #106

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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You and Me

You and Me

  • Publisher: Kathinka
  • Genre: Yuri | LGBTQ+ | RPG Maker
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac, & Linux

You’re visiting an old temple. Do you wish to make an offering?

Official Synopsis

You and Me is a short girls love puzzle game and visual novel developed by Kathinka. The game was made using RPG Maker with art assets created using washi tape. Explore the temple of a goddess, solve short puzzles and unlock four CGs. You and Me takes about 15 minutes to complete.

astra's garden

Astra’s Garden

ASTRA’S GARDEN is an idle game where you grow plants to make medicine for your customers. it takes under an hour to reach the ending, but you can keep growing plants forever if you like 🙂

Official Synopsis

Astra’s Gardent is a short casual gardening game, developed by NomnomNami. The game is a prequel to Starry Flowers and features characters from First Kiss at a Spooky Soiree, but can be enjoyed as a standalone experience. Grow plants and make medicines from customers, while the game takes about an hour to play, you can continue to play the game for as long as you’d like.



  • Publisher: paranoidhawk
  • Genre: Furry | LGBTQ+ | Western
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac & Linux

Two lookouts meet in a desert, far from the sight of their gangs.

With more in common than they could’ve expected, they scout out a town with rumours of gold.

What will become of this fateful meeting?

Official Synopsis

Lookouts is a romance visual novel about two gay trans masc outlaws in the old west, finding refuge in each other, and a little hope for a better life. The game was originally conceived for the Gay Western Jam. This expanded version includes 5-6 hours of gameplay time

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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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