The Case of the Golden Idol

LQ: 9.85


Brain grade: 9.8
Fun score: 9.9

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 12+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used: ,


The Case of the Golden Idol is a mystery/puzzle game where the player needs to solve a series of murders by piecing together clues they find laying around the scene. A fateful murder has led to a family procuring a mysterious golden idol. Misfortune seems to befall anyone who interacts with this artifact and it is up to the player to figure out why.

In each chapter of the game, the player is presented with a murder scene that is frozen in time. The player uses their curser to rove around the screen and click on items that look like they might contain a clue. Clicking on relevant items will add them to a bank of information that the player needs in order to solve the mystery. When the player wants to begin to assemble their theories, they can  simply toggle to the next screen which is where the mystery clues that were unlocked are displayed. The player can then drag and drop relevant information into different areas of the page and attempt to solve the mystery. 

The Case of the Golden Idol is not currently rated by the ESRB but LearningWorks for Kids has set the rating at T for Teen for scenes of violence and alcohol and tobacco use. Parents should take their personal knowledge of their child into account when selecting age-appropriate games.

Case of the Golden Idol helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working. 

In order to complete one chapter of the mystery and move on to the next, the player needs to be able to remember the names of characters, important dates, and events from previous chapters. All of this information carries through from one chapter to another, culminating in a final chapter that requires the player to remember the characters and events from nine previous scenes. The player needs to use their working memory and keep this information in their head while they are actively looking for clues and putting them into the current mystery they are trying to solve. 

Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks. 

In order to solve the puzzles, the player will need to use their focusing skills and pay attention to how characters and items are placed within the scene. Sometimes objects are hidden and sometimes they do not seem significant. Without focus, the player may find themselves unable to find the final clues they need to solve the mystery. For players who need some extra help with their focusing skills, hints can be “purchased” by completing simple puzzles or a button can be toggled that highlights all of the clues in a chapter.

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