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  • genre strategy / building / historical
  • download size 740 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 1815 user ratings.
  • release date October 22, 2001
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish
  • developer / publisher FireFly Studios / FireFly Studios
  • game modes single-player, multi-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual (67 pages)
  • Super Castle Attack mini game
  • soundtrack
  • Stronghold Excalibur Pack
  • HD wallpaper
  • Classic Stronghold (Windows)
  • Classic Stronghold (Mac)

What's cool about it:

  • The new package includes the original Stronghold and Stronghold HD, which supports higher resolutions and the new HD battlefield view, which allows you to view the entire map.The atmosphere of real medieval warfare 21 story-based missions where you can defend against and attack different foes Many unique game modes where you can besiege famous historical castles


Establish your settlement, build your castle, and engage in siege warfare to defend your people in Stronghold, a unique "Castle Sim" combining the best aspects from City Builder and a Real-Time Strategy Game. Set in Medieval Europe, Stronghold challenges you with the daunting task of protecting your land from invasion, while keeping Lords, ladies, Jesters, Chicken, and much more.

Choose from four separate game modes: play the economic (non-combat) campaign; siege famous historical castles; test your castle building prowess in the "Siege That" challenge mode; or use the freebuilder mode to peacefully design your ideal castle.

Stronghold features single-player campaign consisting of 21 story-based missions. If you want more you can create new missions for you and your friends with full-featured map and scenario editor. Invite up to 8 players via LAN or over the Internet and get prepared for destruction waits outside your safe heaven, as the enemy prepares to storm the castle walls.

Download Fan-Made Mod! If the base game isn't enough for you, check out the great mod that other gamers have made!

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood, Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later.Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+Memory: 1GB of RAMGraphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled. Patched to version 1.3 (PC) / 1.2 (Mac)

All user reviews:

User reviews:

Great castle simulator

Posted on 2009-01-26 16:00:40 byDespy's avatarDespy:

A lot has been said about this game in the other reviews, but it really is a great game. A basic description would be castle building, defense, and attack. The main campaign is a series of missions to consolodate control of the country by besting four other lords. You start out with small defensive oriented missions and grow to full-out castle assaults. Not only must you activelyread more defend your castle, but you must build up your economy and keep you people happy.
The very first thing you notice is the attention to detail. Every building has a nifty little animation that goes along with it. The game is 2d, but that allows for a TON of fancy little animations. The trees all sway in the breezes, the rivers flow peacefully by and dairy cows amble about. More importantly, the archers make great little pincushions out of their targets and pit traps are suitably messy. Stronghold provides one of gaming's greatest thrills when a properly placed pitch trap is ignited by fire-arrow just as enemy troops arrive. FWOOSHH!!
Once you are done with the main campaign, there is a secondary economic campaign. This one is primarily to test your management skills, but does offer a challenge. In addition there is a wonderful editor for creating your own levels. Back in the day there was a thriving community making new castles to assault and defend, most based on real world fortresses. You can probably still find these if you know where to look.
I loved this game and heartily recommend it to anyone interested in castles and life in the middle ages.

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Good casual strategy

Posted on 2009-01-20 09:58:42 byinstant's avatarinstant:

Stronghold is a nice strategy game which unfortunately suffers from some flaws that prevent it from being enjoyable for a very long time. The economy aspect is nice and balanced, however, the combat system is not, and you'll find yourself often cursing at the fact that a bunch of simple spearmen and other footfolk can tear down a stone wall of your beautiful and tideously createdread more castle in a matter of ten seconds.
This and the fact that the voice replies of the in-game units become quickly annoying, somewhat stains the whole experience of, what would have been otherwise a very fun and satisfying gaming experience.
That said, te cutscenes of the single-player campaign, as well as the story itself are quite entertaining, and the difficulty curve is such, that you rarely find yourself being frustrated.
All in all recommended, considering the price.

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A perfect game to fill the castle strategy void

Posted on 2009-03-11 18:21:00 bybreakupthespace's avatarbreakupthespace:

This is a really well balanced game for every strategy fan. There are excellent economic aspects to the missions, and building up your castle for defense is excellent fun. A must buy for any RTS fan!

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