It's the 1700's, and you've been dropped into a seemingly endless string of drama, family betrayal, and murder. In The Case of the Golden Idol, you play as an unseen detective, working to piece together the story behind several different chapters, (and in each one, a murder). Despite its gruesome nature that may give parents pause, this game is a marvel. A testament to the wonders of keeping things simple, The Case of the Golden Idol makes for a very easy play through (mechanics-wise) and would probably not frustrate players who are unfamiliar with video games. Don't be mistaken, though – for what it lacks in complex button-pressing, it makes up for in logic puzzles. Some chapters are surprisingly simple, and others a bit overwhelming. But fans of mystery games know all too well that discovering what is relevant to the case and what isn't is half of the fun.
In the end, this game is a dream for fans of investigation and mystery challenges. Instructions are few and far between, but the simplicity of the game mechanics don't really warrant extensive help, and getting through tasks on your own, without the game's help, brings a sense of accomplishment and not frustration. Frequently referring to you as "friend" when you prompt it for hints, The Case of the Golden Idol implies that it knows the conclusion of this tale far before you will. But most of all, it knows that you'll have a blast solving this tangled web of cults, crimes, and clues.