The Case of the Golden Idol

The Case of the Golden Idol is a unique detective game developed and published by Color Gray Games, a small independent game studio. The game was released in 2022 for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux.


In The Case of the Golden Idol, players take on the role of a detective solving a series of interconnected mysteries set in the 18th century.

  • Investigation: Each case presents players with a detailed, hand-drawn scene filled with clues, suspects, and curious circumstances surrounding a murder or mysterious event.
  • Deduction: Players must carefully examine each scene, finding connections between characters and events, and deduce the solution to the case by answering a series of questions.
  • Non-linear Storytelling: As players progress through the cases, they uncover a larger, interconnected narrative that tells the story of the titular Golden Idol and its impact on the lives of those who seek it.

The game features a distinctive art style, with intricate, hand-drawn illustrations that bring the 18th-century world and its characters to life.


The Case of the Golden Idol received positive reviews upon release, with praise directed at its clever puzzle design, engrossing storytelling, and unique art style. Critics noted that the game's challenging deductions and non-linear narrative make for a compelling and rewarding detective experience.

Fun Facts

  • The Case of the Golden Idol is heavily inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and other 18th and 19th-century mystery authors, as well as historical events and figures from that era.
  • The game's development team consists of just two people: Andrés Ravelo Crespo and Daniel Fernández Chacón, who worked on the game's design, art, and programming.
  • Each case in the game is designed to be a self-contained mystery while also contributing to the larger narrative, allowing players to feel a sense of accomplishment as they solve each case and unravel the overarching story.

The Case of the Golden Idol stands as an impressive achievement in indie game development, delivering a unique and engaging detective experience that showcases the creativity and talent of its small development team. Its success demonstrates the potential for innovative, narrative-driven games to captivate and entertain players.