Following on from the story of the original game, you play a detective sent to investigate a string of grisly murders with no outward connection. Soon, however, as you uncover clues and dark truths, you learn of a mysterious golden idol that links the murders to one another and must find out the truth before it's too late.
Play involves investigating each murder scene to find clues and reveal the killer's identity. Once you've gathered enough facts to be certain of your theory, you use them to complete accusations that (hopefully) close the case. As you progress, an overall story begins to emerge, using clues from multiple scenes, and you must deduce how the crimes are connected.
The result is a game that expands the approach of the first game in original and intriguing ways while using its more modern setting to present a more varied assortment of deaths to solve, making for an engaging, involving puzzle.
Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Rise of the Golden Idol 7 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
The developers state that 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."
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. You need good skills of observation and investigation to enjoy this game. Along with the maturity to deal with the often gruesome subject matter, you need to be able to construct detailed sentences based on evidence.
The Rise of the Golden Idol
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Pixels