Thrifty Gaming: Games That Won’t Blow Your Budget #77

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.

Sailor Moon Money
 
 

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 this week’s thrifty gaming picks!

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HuneX Drops Demo for Steam Prison Nintendo Switch Port

Hey Blerdy Tribe! HuneX, is releasing the demo for the Nintendo Switch port of Steam Prison today (January 28th)! But, that’s not all in this exclusive demo, players can now play through Eltcreed’s route from start to finish! So if you’ve been on the fence about giving Steam Prison a try, now is your chance to do it!!

The full version of the game will be made available on February 25, 2021 and it boasts some great new extras that weren’t included in the initial MangaGamer PC release!

Demo Features

  • Players can enjoy Eltcreed ENTIRE route all the way through to the Best Ending, “My Queen”
  • Available in Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese for display language.
  • Digital pre-order opens simultaneously.

※The save data from the demo cannot be carried over to the actual copy of the game.

Get the Demo from the Nintendo eShop!!

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Shut Up and Let Me Enjoy My Otome: Elitism in the Otome Games Community

Elitism in the otome games community has been the bane of the fandom since the beginning and I’m tired of folks bashing otome game localizations and Western fans of the genre. It seems like every time a new otome game localization is announced, folks who have played these games in the original language seem to crawl out of the dark recesses of the internet to find fault with the as of yet UNRELEASED localization. As a Western otome fan who doesn’t have a working knowledge of the Japanese language these new localizations give me and others like me a chance to experience otome games that otherwise we’d never get a chance to play. 

I usually stay out of the otome discourse, because fandoms can be toxic and as a grown adult woman, I have bigger things to worry about than arguing with folks on the internet. But, with the increase in new otome game localizations the elitism that permeates the otome fandom has reached an all time high and I’m just sick of it! So, today I want to share my thoughts on elitism in the otome games fandom from the perspective of a Western fan who is fed up with all the BS. 

So first off, check your privilege at the door–I am not here to entertain trolls. If you don’t agree with me, fine; everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I will not abide by personal attacks or bullying–you will be blocked. 

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Touken Ranbu Online is Making its English Language Debut

Online PC gaming platform, Johren has announced that they will make the super popular Japanese joseimuke game, Touken Ranbu available in English on February 23rd, 2021!! The English Release has been postponed. The tentative release date has not been announced yet. Touken Ranbu Online is a free to play, turn-based, sword raising simulation game developed by Nitroplus and DMM Game, that centers around a sage who must battle an evil entity trying to alter history with the help of anthropomorphized swords that transform into heroic, sword-wielding men.

Originally released in 2015, Touken Ranbu has amassed an impressive fanbase of 1.5 million within its first year! The game is especially popular among women, due to its supporting cast of attractive male characters and has been adapted into three anime series, stage musicals, stage plays, and a feature film.

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Melanin Friendly Games: Battle Royale: For Your Heart! Demo

Hey  Blerdy Tribe!! It’s Monday once again and I want to kick off the week with some melanin friendly games! If this is your first time here at Blerdy Otome, welcome!

Every Monday I spotlight video games that focus on stories surrounding more diverse casts of characters—for folks like me looking for a bit more representation in their games. Video games are for everyone, so shouldn’t their stories and characters be just as diverse as the people that play them? So I created this series to celebrate games that strive to tell much more diverse stories centering on Black and Brown individuals. But, I welcome all diversity and the series has expanded to include games featuring LGBTQIA rep and characters from other underrepresented groups.

So, if you’re interested in seeing previous melanin friendly games posts, click HEREThis week, I’m spotlighting the demo for the battle royale themed parody romance game, Battle Royale: For Your Heart, from LegendEx Games.

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