Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #107

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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  • Publisher: Rotten Raccoon
  • Genre: Dark Fantasy | Amare | Romance
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac, & Linux

I once heard a story…
There’s a marketplace under the mountain where anything can be bought and sold. Visitors wear masks to become faceless strangers. It’s home to the unscrupulous, the outcast, and the desperate.

You’re one of the desperate.

Strangers with their own secrets and ambitions can show you ways through the market. They’ll guide you to your goal, but don’t trust them to have your best interests at heart.

Official Synopsis

Obscura is an episodic dark fantasy romance game developed by Rotten Raccoons for Otome Jam 2022. Dive into the dangerous marketplace under the mountain in search of a rare item, get to know its inhabitants and place your trust in the hands of mysterious strangers. Players can choose their protagonist’s name, pronoun, and the mask they wear and pursue one of two (a third LI is in the works) romanceable characters. At the time of this writing only episode 1 is available.

3 Seasons

  • Publisher: Hamilton Hour
  • Genre: Slice-of-Life | Fantasy | Romance
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows Mac & Linux

The story follows our MC as she attends a mysterious job interview, only to find herself whisked away to the elemental realm. There she meets 3 handsome men: the spirits in charge of Winter, Summer and Fall. Due to the Spring spirit’s disappearance, she winds up taking over his tasks until his scheduled return. Will she manage to get closer to one of these interesting strangers in the short time they have together? 👀 That’s up to you!

Official Synopsis

3 Seasons is a short fantasy indie otome game developed by Hamilton Hour for Otome Jam 2022. Step into the shoes of Ivy after she is whisked away to the elemental realm to take over for the spirt of Spring. Pursue one of three love interests inspired by the seasons, Winter, Summer, and Fall. Each route has a romantic and friendship ending to unlock.

Hummingbird’s Crown

  • Publisher: Fable Novel
  • Genre: Mystery | Romance | Point and Click
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac & Linux

Wren is a hardworking book editor who has recently turned 30 and begins to ruminate about her life.

Her only solace is gaming and her small group of 2 online friends, Kanaria and Lonan, who she sometimes chats and plays with. 

‘What does it mean to be an adult? Why does my job make me feel incomplete? Why do I feel like I don’t fit anywhere?’

On May 31st, taking advantage of an upcoming long weekend, Kanaria suggests they should finally meet in person at the upcoming GameCon, a medium-sized local game event from Solstice City. 

Unfortunately, the day of the event itself, a terrible accident happens at the Eon Building, the place where it’s being held. Wren panics and doesn’t know what to do until… huh? 

Why is it suddenly May 31st again? Did she just go back in time?!

Hummingbird’s Crown is a mystery point & click romance visual novel developed by Fable Novel for Otome Jam 2022. Trapped in a Groundhog Day like situation, follow Wren as she races against the clock to save her friends after a tragic incident takes place. Play as a female protagonist and pursue one of two male love interests (more are planned for future updates). Enjoy an immersive visual novel story and complete interactive point and click investigations. The current build has 4 unlockable endings (2 Romance endings & 2 Bad endings).

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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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