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The Case of the Golden Idol

Color Gray Games , Playstack
Oct 13, 2022 - PC
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OpenCritic Rating

88

Top Critic Average

93%

Critics Recommend

PC Gamer
89 / 100
Eurogamer
Recommended
IGN Italy
8.5 / 10
Game Rant
4.5 / 5
Guardian
5 / 5
The Games Machine
8.5 / 10
Screen Rant
4 / 5
Oyungezer Online
9 / 10
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The Case of the Golden Idol - Official Launch Trailer

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The Case of the Golden Idol - Announcement Trailer - Future Games Show Gamescom 2022


The Case of the Golden Idol Screenshots



Critic Reviews for The Case of the Golden Idol

A challenging and inventive set of mysteries to solve tied together with a brilliant storyline.

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Witty, observationalist writing and a hands-off approach to deduction elevate this excellent period murder-mystery to a singular work.

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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.

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The Case of the Golden Idol's clever mysteries leave players feeling like Victorian super sleuths.

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A treasure inspires murder, and your job as detective is to piece together the crime in this addictive 18th-century whodunnit

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The Case of the Golden Idol is an excellent debut. Color Gray has learned the lesson of Return of the Obra Dinn and reinterpreted it with its own style. The cases to be solved are well thought out and to come to grips with puzzles that require deduction and intelligence rather than skill with the classic mechanics of the genre is quite satisfying. The Latvian developer duo in his first game shows they have personality, including in the graphic style that does not mind being disturbing and in the appropriate background music, all of which conveniently mystery-themed.

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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.

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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.

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