"Noblesse Oblige"—Find romance amid secrets in a lonely estate!


We’re proud to announce that Noblesse Oblige, the latest in our popular “Choice of Games” line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for Steam, Android, and on iOS in the “Choice of Games” app.

It’s 20% off until September 1st!

Spark romance amid secrets in a crumbling mansion! What will you sacrifice for love? Can you trust your own heart?

Noblesse Oblige: a Crème de la Crème Adventure is a 140,000-word interactive Gothic romance novella by Hannah Powell-Smith, a standalone story in the “Crème de la Crème” universe. It’s entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

On a windswept island, far from the mild shores of Westerlin, stands the estate that is your new home. You have been hired to work as a conversation partner for a lonely aristocrat. It is a profitable opportunity, and your impoverished upbringing and middling university education leave you few others.

But secrets lurk in every darkened corridor, and nothing is what it seems. Why does your charge go wandering in the middle of the night, haunted and mourning? What does the charming new secretary seek to uncover? Why is your elderly employer so intent on keeping outsiders from prying into the family’s business?

Attend grand balls, ride through fast-paced fox hunts, spend jovial evenings with the servants, teach diligent lessons to your charge, and observe—or take part in—this northern land’s religious rituals. Meanwhile, there are webs of deceit for you to unravel, and deep mysteries to explore. When you reach the end, will you bring justice to those who deserve it, or keep their secrets buried forever?

And, of course, there is love: midnight trysts, stolen moments, and sweet warmth amid the cold. Your job on this remote island has just begun: will you work hard for a secure future or abandon everything to follow your heart?

• Play as male, female, or non-binary; gay, straight, or bisexual; monogamous or polyamorous; asexual and/or aromantic.
• Romance the forthright, flirtatious housekeeper who works hard and plays hard; your intense, zealous conversation partner desperate for tales of the outside world; or a charming, cultured stranger offering excitement and luxury but risking danger.
• Connect with those outside the estate to make a future elsewhere.
• Secure a shining reputation in your household, or shroud yourself in suspicion.
• Build steadfast bonds of loyalty—or shatter them.

Can you trust your own heart?

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Congrats to @HannahPS on another release!

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Hooray, I’m so pleased it’s out! I hope everyone has fun!

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Just got from Steam! :partying_face: I’m excited to explore more of the Creme Extended Universe and the world that lies beyond Galatin. And… cozy up to dear Pascha of course :blush:

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Can’t say that I got a particularly happy ending but it felt the right kind of wistful for my cautious introvert.

I also really liked that we were able to talk about emotional boundaries with the ROs. However, I must admit that I originally chose that option because I somehow expected to get to talk to Pascha about how this new relationship development shouldn’t impact our tutoring sessions. In my next playthrough, I will definitely have to check out their response to an ace MC.

This week has been stressful as hell, so far, but I’m really glad I got to sit down today and treat myself to this game. It was a lot of fun, even if the fact that I didn’t complete Pascha’s romance made the ending somewhat bittersweet. Felt fitting, though, for my MC, and retrospectively I wouldn’t change a single choice.

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@Kelly_Seastar I hope it’s fun!

@feurio that’s a huge compliment that you didn’t get a super-happy ending but that it made sense for your character. There are definitely some bittersweet paths in there! I’m glad it worked for you and I hope your week improves - it is lovely that the game was able to be a distraction.

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Congratulations on the release! I can’t wait to read the game on the weekend, it’s something lovely to look forward to :heart:

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Finished my first playthrough! It was really fun! And the setting of the game (the cold place and the opressive atmosphere of the house) was SO well described that felt really immersive for me.

I must say that I had the impression that I barely scratched the surface of the mysteries of the game, because of my choices. But it will be fun try the other choices.

I romanced Danelak and choose to help him his papers and run away with him. So I didn’t discovered anything about the fire. I liked the ending I got, but I’m curious about the role of Pascha in all of this. And Rys is… shady, at best. Yep. Definitely I will play the game again.

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Oh boy, you do still have soooo much to discover and I’m super excited for you! It’s definitely necessary to play several times if you want to unlock all the secrets the island has to offer. :wink:

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Absolutely same. But still, I’d make questionable decisions for Danelak again. 10/10.

Looking forward to trying other routes, although it’s always hard for me to move on from my first love.

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So people would you recommend this if i’m interested in romance?

Yes, definitely. It’s basically a romance game where the romance isn’t mandatory.

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@Anathema That’s so kind, thank you very much! I hope it’s a nice weekend read!

@RenataC ahh how exciting, I’m so glad you had a good time! Yes there’s a lot more to find out on other branches! And @furyleika I’m so pleased Danelak is getting some love!

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Who is character that i can romance polymolary?

You can get into a poly romance with Danelak and Pascha.

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I have somewhat spoilery question about possible endings

Is there a way to help Pascha

Is there a way to help Pascha without running from the island? I went with plan to burn the hall,brought Danelak into plan (and romance), but stopped arson peacefully a the last moment. Escape on ocean liner was sweet and hot as hell but Iwas left with concerned feeling about her familiy. We run to Westerlin, but they did not seem like a people to left such issue without response so I was left a bit worried :neutral_face:

I really have a thing for (quirky) damsels in distress. Blaise Marechal was my favourite from Creme, I almost cried at their romantic ending with MC :rofl:

Amazing game. ROs are all gripping mix of sweetness and flaws, atmosphere is oozing and like in Creme, some of the quiet moments were some of the game’s best. Post station visit really made me smile. Staying in line at the post station in small town is certainly familiar experience to me :smiley:

I’m so happy that you enjoyed it, and that the characters were fun for you! I had such a good time writing it so it’s really lovely to hear that it worked for you :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

So, if you are solely romancing/befriending Pascha (rather than bringing Danelak along) and you talk Pascha down from the arson, you can say you think it’s better if you both stay on the island. But if you do the arson, Pascha always runs away whether or not you stay.

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Wow, thanks a lot. :heart_eyes:

It’s really cool that polyamourus route has it’s one flavor compared to solo ones I just noticed it has its own achievment, and personal achievments are not unlocked for Pascha and Danelak, which makes sense now,

So, at least 3 new runs await!

I also highly recommend to people who is about to play the game to use some “victorian ambient gothic music” compilation to your taste on Youtube as unofficial sountdrack. I used that one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAnoryONNWI Really added to experience!

Thanks again! :grinning:

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Ahh I hope you enjoy your future playthroughs!

That playlist is fantastic, so atmospheric! That would have been fun to have when I was writing. For most of the game I wrote listening to this playlist but for the last couple of chapters I listened to the Return to the Obra Dinn soundtrack on repeat!

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It was absolutely delightful to read. Wonderful story and amazing characters. I don’t have any complaints. I express great respect and admiration to the author.

Rys were sweet. :pleading_face: I was actually amused by the fact that Rys are a spy . No wonder they looked so shady haha .

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