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You play in either Thinking (putting words together) or Exploring (collecting words). This means you can investigate more freely to solve each of the deaths. You then pick your suspect, identify the weapon, deduce the motive and unmask the awful truth.
As you progress, you start to use clues from different chapters to not only solve the individual murders but uncover how the events are connected. Soon you are working to reveal the true killers in the vast narrative by discovering their motives.
The result is a game about observation, interpretation and reconstruction of events. As you follow the journey of this cursed aristocratic family you untangle a web of deceit and villainy.
Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked The Case of the Golden Idol 16 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
The developers describe the content as Mature: The game features freeze-frame depictions of murder crime scenes rendered in the style of pixel art. There are visual or text references to alcohol and tobacco use. There are also references to cults, cultists and religious ritual chambers.
11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need good skills of observation and investigation to enjoy this game. Along with the maturity to deal with the violent theme you need to be able to construct detailed sentences based on evidence.
The Case of the Golden Idol
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can purchase additional content:
- Golden Idol Mysteries: The Spider of Lanka. This is a new mystery that begins in 1741, one year before the first scenario in The Case of the Golden Idol, and uncovers the awful origins of this five-decade tale of betrayal, greed, ambition and death.
- Golden Idol Mysteries: The Lemurian Vampire. This is a new mystery following the perilous journey of the Lemurian delegation to Monkey Paw Island in their search for riches and the truth about the legendary fountain of youth.
You can play a trial level of the game in a web browser.
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