Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #110

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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Cooking with Belmont

Throw a dinner party with your disaster chef boyfriend!

~No bad endings, only bad cooking~

It’s Merritt’s friend’s birthday, and he’s promised to deliver a mind-blowing dinner party.  To pull off a great meal, all Merritt has to do is keep his disaster boyfriend Belmont out of the kitchen.  Sounds easy enough, right?

Crime boss Belmont has never cooked a meal he hasn’t mangled—or poisoned.  But he’s a great boyfriend, and he knows Merritt has bitten off more than he can chew.  He wants to help.

What if cooking with Belmont could make Merritt’s meal, and his night, even better? Will they make amazing food, or commit a culinary crime?

Good food or bad, it’ll be a night to remember.

Official Synopsis

Cooking with Belmont is a short hilarious cooking themed boys love visual novel developed by webcomic artist Bob based on their comic, Demon of the Underground. Help assassin for hire Merritt and crime boss boyfriend Belmont prepare a delicious birthday dinner for their friends. There’s just one catch, Belmont is much more adept a cooking up poisons than anything edible in the kitchen. The game features, 3 routes, 7 outcomes, and 10 achievements and takes roughly 3 hours to complete!


  • Publisher: Hatoge Games
  • Genre: Adventure | Puzzle | LGBT+
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows

You play as John Blanc, a narcissistic convict, who finds himself trapped in a strange pocket dimension. Soon after his arrival, he is greeted by a former cell neighbor and executed serial killer, Chase Colt. While Chase claims that John has already died, this quickly turns out to be a malicious lie to keep John trapped in this world. Will he be able to figure out a way to escape, or will he die to the many tricks of this wicked place?

Official Synopsis

Mistrick is a short RPG Maker puzzle adventure game developed by Hatoge for Yandere Game Jam 2022. This game is a spin-off of Misfiction, but can be played without having experienced the first game. Help convict, John escape a puzzle filled pocket dimension or die trying! Mistick has 3 Endings, 13 unique ways to die, and takes roughly 40-60 minutes to complete! Note: This game can only be played with a keyboard.


  • Publisher: Squiddershins
  • Genre: Comedy | Parody | Dating Sim
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Where to Play: Steam

Kaichu is a dating sim about kaiju! You play the role of Gigachu, a gigantic romantic looking for love. Meet six other eligible kaiju and visit twenty-four famous landmarks where Gigachu will answer challenging compatibility questions to decide the fate of your relationship.

Official Synopsis

Kaichu is a comedy kaiju themed dating sim developed by Squiddershins. The game has been featured on the Wholesome Games Direct 2022 and challenges players to help single kaiju, Gigachu find love with six eligible kaiju suitors. Explore 24 unique locations to connect with other kaiju, go on demolition dates and destroy some monuments, communicate with potential partners through a fun non-verbal mechanic. Unlock several different storylines and outcomes in your quest for love!

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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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