Categories: Point-and-Click
Meta Score: 84
Store: The Case of the Golden Idol (Price: $ 14,75)
User Score: 84.0
Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch
Publisher Names: Playstack
Support Language: English*
*languages with full audio support
Publish Date: 2022-10-13

PC Requirements:


  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
  • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 400 MB available space


The Case of the Golden Idol is a wryly amusing detective game set in the 18th century, brought to life with striking hand-drawn artwork. The game tests your ability to piece together clues and reconstruct the events leading up to some mysterious deaths.

Investigate a series of mysterious deaths. Explore hand-drawn locations set in the 18th century, where some mysterious deaths have taken place.

Reconstruct the events with a unique drag-and-drop mechanic. Gather verbal evidence and visual clues, then apply your deduction skills to figure out what actually happened and how each victim died.

Explore a greater mystery that spans centuries. Start revealing a larger overarching story that connects all the individual tales.

Positive Comment(s)

This game is a truly unique experience that combines clever gameplay and a captivating story of deceit and murder that will keep players engaged and entertained.90Game Rant
A captivating and thought-provoking game that will keep you glued to the screen for hours on end.89PC Gamer
The game’s story is captivating and the puzzles are challenging and rewarding. It’s a must play!90RazielIgor

Negative Comment(s)

The Case of the Golden Idol is one of the biggest surprises of this year. I liked the demo a lot, but I honestly wasn’t expecting the full game to go far beyond that and offer a completely original and memorable experience like Return to Obra Dinn. You’ll be sorry if you miss it.90Oyungezer
Its fun gameplay and coordinated story will have you dive deep into its details until you discover all its secrets.90TrueGaming
The Case of the Golden Idol is a brilliant and original detective point & click adventure, supported by an excellent art direction and some really fresh ideas about its
As a debut title from a new indie team, it’s difficult to imagine how things could have gone better: Gray Color Games has indeed managed to create a charming and well-crafted investigative adventure that every wannabe detective should really consider playing.85IGN Italia
A truly great detective story needs a satisfying conclusion – and here the Klavins deliver, and then some. [Issue#377, p.116]80Edge Magazine
While I do think there was room for some additional quality of life features here, and it sometimes gets a bit too clever for its own good, The Case of the Golden Idol took me back to my childhood, reminding me of the puzzles I once loved while putting its own spin on things that would only work in a video game. This idol might be cursed, but you should still take a chance on it.80Hey Poor Player
For situations where players have exhausted all their available options and brainpower, The Case of the Golden Idol also offers a fantastic in-game hint system. It doesn’t overreach and offer solutions blatantly, but instead uses phrases like “consider the food on the dinner table, and everyone’s personal eating habits” to point confused players in the right direction. None of the puzzles presented in the game are impossibly difficult (except for one late game chapter which suddenly threw maths in, but that could be my own personal shortcomings) and the story it tells about the golden idol itself is delightfully weird and fleshed out despite the game’s short runtime. For anyone looking for 3-6 hours of cryptic crossword-like murder mysteries, The Case of the Golden Idol is a solid choice.80Screen Rant
Another great indie detective game that not only makes solving crimes fun and interesting but has some surprisingly good storytelling to tie everything together.80Metro GameCentral
Triple Click Podcast has been going on and on about this being one of the best unsung games of the year, and it’s easy to see why. The ability to get on with, enjoy and progress through this title makes one feel intelligent, and there’s even a touch of smugness that’s attached to that feeling. On more than a couple of occasions, The Case of the Golden Idol requires some leaps in logic to reach the conclusion, in absence of having all of the information needed to be certain, and this is so well done as one will self-reflect that they are a genius for figuring it out. Otherwise, it is a very slow and rigid title that will no doubt be an acquired taste for many – the last two cases in particular are extremely difficult, and with little flexibility for experimentation it could be easy to run into a hard stop. At the end of the day, there is nothing else in the whodunit genre that represents what it was like to be Father Dowling on an intellectual level any better.70Cubed3
In The Case of the Golden Idol, the mystery-solving is quite engaging up to a point. But overall, the narrative is frustratingly executed and the presentation is unremarkable.60Adventure Gamers

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