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!
I'm a blerd who just so happens to love anime, manga, and games (especially Pokemon and Otome Games).
I don’t know about you dear readers, but hobbies can be pretty expensive! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I spent on manga just last month alone, but even that pales in comparison to the amount of games I buy each month. Most indie games are pretty cheap, anywhere from two bucks to $25, and some of the more mainstream releases can sometime take you back $40 or more and that can add up! Not everyone has the disposable income to buy every new game that comes out, and no that doesn’t mean I condone piracy, because NO.
But, rather than pirating a game, there are some free indie game options that are just as good if not more so than the bigger budget games on the market—and who doesn’t like saving a bit of cash and getting a quality game? So, whether you’re an avid gamer or someone who plays only a handful of games a year, here are some free games that’ll be a welcome addition to your gaming library.
While these games are free, throwing the devs a few bucks in tips is always appreciated~
Genshin Impact and Honkai Impact 3rd developer miHoYo announced that its prime Romance Detective Game— Tears of Themis—hits the global stage today to invite players to solve cases and establish justice through an exhilarating romantic journey in the fictitious city of Stellis. Sign-up for Closed Beta testing are now open until May 6th! The Beta Testing will run between May 8th – May 18th 2021, so be sure to sign up now!
- Genre: Romance Detective
- Platform: iOS and Google Play
- Estimated Release: 2021
- Developer and Publisher: miHoYo
- Languages: English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
- Status: Closed Beta Registration: 4/19
- Official Closed Beta Start Date: 5/8
Stellis, a city that rose from the clash of civilizations.
Modern tech has given it its radiant neon lights but also cast long shadows of obscurity. Lately, there has been an abnormal increase in the number of mental illness cases as well as incidents that threaten Stellis’ social security.
Many gentle and good people of Stellis have somehow grown violent and volatile. These incidents may have been recorded, but they are often drowned out in a flood of data.
Yet someone took notice of them and compiled them for detailed analysis…
Codenamed “X-NOTE”, the project aims to peel away layers of obscuring data and reveal the hidden truth beneath.
When all is put on the scales of the law before Lady Justice, you will be the one to weigh their crimes in the balance.
-Synopsis from Official Site
The Radiants is an upcoming urban fantasy indie otome game developed by Rose Arcana Games. The game blends together some light stats raising with the narrative storytelling of a visual novel. Follow Emmalyn, a normal college student who finds her life turned upside-down when she is unwittingly chosen to be the next oracle to the Radiant Council. Now she must enroll in Serenvale Academy—a magical school that will train her to use her new abilities.
- Fantasy | Indie Otome | Romance | Stats-Raising
- Where to Play: Windows and Mac
- Gameplay: 1 – 2 Hours
- Similar Games: Mystic Destinies Serendipity of Aeons | Ebon Light | Changeling
Appetite Amor is a short romance indie visual novel developed through a collaborative effort between Akua, Midge, Azuremia, pumpkin spike, illegalileo, and Foleso fot the game jam Nanoreno 2021. Take on the role of swordswoman, Fianna who frequents Café Amor, a place to go for delicious treats and amazing company. But, Amor isn’t an ordinary café, run by the enigmatic Leon, Amor serves up some otherworldly treats—which is just perfect for Fianna, since adventuring sure does work up an appetite!
- Indie Otome | Fantasy | Comedy
- Where to Play: Windows and Mac
- Price: Free to Play (Tips Accepted)
- Gameplay: 1 hour
- Similar Games: Rose of Winter | Autumn’s Journey | A Forsaken Place