The Case of the Golden Idol

The Case of the Golden Idol

released on Oct 13, 2022

The Case of the Golden Idol

released on Oct 13, 2022

A new kind of detective game that allows you to think and investigate freely. Discover clues surrounding 12 strange and gruesome deaths and build your own theory. Pick your suspect, deduce the motive, unmask the awful truth.


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Essentially a more accessible, streamlined version of Return of the Obra Dinn, which at the end of the day, still make for a pretty fantastic game. Not to say the game doesn't have its own identity, just that it wears its inspiration on its sleeve. While I personally prefer Obra Dinn's more esoteric, hands-off approach to deductive gameplay, Golden Idol is way more approachable to those trying to get into the genre.

Also played both DLCs (The Spider of Lanka, The Lemurian Vampire).

I got stuck before too long and didn't feel drawn to come back.

Fun mystery story about a bunch of nasty Britishers with some beautiful art and great presentation.

I've been itching for a mystery game like this since I finished Obra Dinn, and The Case of the Golden Idol certainly scratched that itch.
I plowed through this game with a couple of friends, and sharing the aha-moments once all the pieces were starting to fall into place was fantastic. A large part of the mysteries can be solved with enough trial and error, but we tried to challenge ourselves by only placing names that we were 90% sure were going in the right spot.
Looking forward to the sequel!

Visually appealing and good narrative.
Unfortunately due to how clues are pieced together can rely too much on guesswork.
A logbook that retains clues from all cases would also be appreciated as some elements return in future cases and the only way to relearn them is to go back to already completed cases.