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The Case of the Golden Idol (2022) is a point-and-click adventure set in the 18th century, where you attempt to solve 12 gruesome deaths. You play by investigating each scene to gather information in the form of words that you piece together to make statements to solve what happened.

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 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Point-and-Click and Sequencing game with Brain Game and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete. The game offers little in the way of hints, letting you figure things out for yourself, so the time to beat ca vary significantly depending on how quickly you piece things together.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Sexual Innuendo, Horror.

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.

Skill Level

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 usually costs £0 to £16.99. 

The Case of the Golden Idol

XBox Store Xbox X|S £14.99
XBox Store Xbox One £14.99
Steam Store PC £16.99
Steam Store Mac £16.99
App Store iOS Free
XBox Store PC Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

The Case of the Golden Idol

Switch Store Switch £16.99
Android Store Android Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • 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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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/10/2022, updated in 2023

Price: Free

Out Now: PC, Switch and Web

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Point-and-Click, Sequencing (Brain Game and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 18 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Color Gray 7 (@ColorGray7)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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