Narrative adventure game Dordogne releases next month

Explore a French town faithfully recreated in watercolour.

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The key art for Dordogne, featuring a girl with a wide-brimmed hat looking out over the French countryside.

I’m not going to lie: I completely forgot about Dordogne between November 2022’s Nintendo Indie World showcase and today’s release date announcement. I’m a little surprised that I did, because it sounds like the exact type of game I’m interested in playing: a narrative adventure about living life to its fullest. Today, a June release date was announced for the game.

Play as Mimi, a 32-year-old woman who is visiting the house of her recently deceased grandmother. Mimi spend her childhood summers at the house in Dordogne, and her grandmother collected souvenirs in the forms of letters and puzzles to solve. These souvenirs are meant to remind Mimi to make the most out of life.

Dordogne is set in the present and in the past. In the present, Mimi explores rooms in her grandmother’s house. In the past, 10-year-old Mimi explores Dordogne and needs to complete quests that affect the present. Both versions of Mimi will have to solve puzzles. Collect photos, sounds, objects, and words that add up to Mimi’s journal, which keeps Mimi’s memories of summers past.

The narrative is a wholesome family story that gives players a glimpse at the close relationship between Mimi and her grandmother through touching gameplay moments. The developers hope that this enables players to remember their own positive childhood memories. The puzzles and mysteries require players to be resourceful and patient (oh no, I have zero patience).

The environments of Dordogne has been faithfully recreated in watercolour, and will be discovered through young Mimi’s quests through forest walks, climbing, cave explorations, and more. Pictures, objects, sounds, and words will be collected to create Mimi’s journal, which is unique to each playthrough.

Developed by Un Je Ne Sais Quoi and published by Focus Entertainment, Dordogne will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One on June 13.


Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

  • Yay!! One of my most anticipated games of the year, no lie. My Top 4 are Zelda, FF16, SF6, and Dordogne. So happy to see this release date. The aesthetic of the game speaks to my soul. Playing in the early summer sounds perfect.

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