Chances are you haven’t played The Case of the Golden Idol – but you really should. We called it out as one of the best indie games of 2022, and in the months following our proclamation, it won the IGF Award for Excellence in Design, became a finalist for the Grand Prize, and later nabbed a BAFTA nomination. Anyway, the game is getting a new DLC expansion on 4 May 2023, titled Golden Idol Mysteries: The Spider of Lanka.
The Case of the Golden Idol is an unnerving murder mystery game centred around a series of grisly deaths surrounding the titular golden idol, and its excellence comes from its self-directed nature, which puts the onus on you to pull the pieces together in an unmoving scene, and work out just what happened, who was involved, and why. It takes a lot of inspiration from The Return of the Obra Dinn, and it’s an incredibly satisfying experience.
The Spider of Lanka serves as a prequel to the events of Golden Idol, which explores the origins of the ancient relic, before it causes the long string of deaths in the main game. It will introduce a total of three new scenarios to unravel and solve, and the publisher indicates these will be on the meatier end of the spectrum, lasting for about an hour each.
Given that The Case of the Golden Idol was one of the most memorable releases of 2022 (at least, for those who played it), the idea of diving back into its grim, ugly world is very enticing.
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