Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #112

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 Triar Incident

  • Publisher: Chonkers HQ
  • Genre: Detective | Horror | Mystery
  • Cost: Name Your Own Price
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac, & Linux

The halls of Alteria Academy lie ahead of you.

Join the mysterious Detective Korvus to solve the mystery of the Triar Incident. Search for clues about the Grand Scholar, Kellum, interview students transformed by the explosion, and recover your memories as their professor.

Official Synopsis

The Triar Incident is a mystery horror visual novel developed by Chonker HQ for the Spooktober 4th Annual Visual Novel Jam. Follow a detective as they attempt to uncover the truth behind a mysterious incident at an unusual academy. Interrogate students and slowly piece together your forgotten memories.

I deserve a Happy Ending

  • Publisher: Man-Eater Games
  • Genre: Psychological Horror | Romance
  • Cost: $3.99
  • Where to Play: Windows | Steam

Once upon a time there was a prince, protagonist of a book whose author died before it was finished  — and for years, he’s been waiting for someone who can help him.

As the latest person to find the book, you decide to help the prince as he attempts to both claim his place as the rightful heir to the throne and deal with the two mysterious strangers that he meets along the way. 

Will his story finally have a happy ending?

Official Synopsis

I deserve a Happy Ending is a fantasy boys love visual novel developed by Man-Eater Games. Play as a prince in an unfinished fairytale as he tries to find his happily ever after. The game has three character routes and is available in English and Spanish. The developers have released a free 18+ patch with optional sex scenes.

Panacea Rebirth

  • Publisher: Fable Novel et al*
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Dark Fantasy
  • Cost: Free to Play
  • Where to Play: Windows, Mac, & Linux

In a small village called Amber Stone, right on the outskirts of the Dark Forest, where it’s rumored to be lurking with dangerous creatures, a sickly young girl named Lacrima lives together with her family.

As alchemists, Lacrima’s parents are constantly working on their potions and medicine for the village,  which she’d like to help them with but she always receives the same answer: ‘you need to rest’. 

Bored and lonely, Lacrima seeks comfort and adventure in her regular visits to the Dark Forest, where she meets her friend Nox, a mysterious owl creature, and Angis, a non-human alchemist boy who is prone to blushing.  

One day, Lacrima overhears her parents talking about an essential ingredient needed for their potions: the moonflower, a plant that only blooms in the Dark Forest during full moon nights.

Determined to mend her relationship with her parents, Lacrima slips out on the night of the full moon in search of the rare flower.

Official Synopsis

Panacea Rebirth is a dark fantasy visual novel developed by Fable Novel* for the Spooktober 4th Annual Visual Novel Jam. Follow alchemist, Lacrima as she embarks on a journey to find the elusive Moonflower essential to alchemic potions. Enlist the help of your friends, Angis, an inquisitive non-human alchemist and Nox, a mysterious owl creature. There are three unique endings, 2 death ends and variations on the true end. To add a bit more punch to the story, there are also chase scenes and timed choices.

Fable Novel (@FableNovel), Jello (@loaflhloaflyr), Matías Jara (@matcomposer), Pilar Hidalgo Lopez -PhilowFlorisam (@floramisuu), Yui EnajoriAnta (@Antares252)

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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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3 thoughts on “Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #112

  1. I’ve taken Latin for like four years. Four years, and I can’t remember what “lacrima” means.
    It’s like sad or crying I think. Is that even relevant to the plot of the game that character is in??

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