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  • genre Strategy / Building / Historical
  • download size 879 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 1285 user ratings.
  • release date September 27, 2002
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish
  • developer / publisher FireFly Studios / FireFly Studios
  • game modes Single-player, Multi-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual (79 pages)
  • mini game
  • bonus characters
  • soundtrack
  • HD wallpaper
  • Classic Stronghold Crusader (Windows)
  • Classic Stronghold Crusader (Mac)

What's cool about it:

  • The new package includes the original Stronghold Crusader and Stronghold Crusader HD, which supports higher resolutions and the new HD battlefield view, which allows you to view the entire map.
  • Stronghold Crusader HD comes packaged with content from both the Stronghold Warchest and Stronghold Crusader Extreme, including an increased unit cap of 10,000, new missions and special Tactical Powers.
  • Join the Crusaders and Saladin’s forces in four historical campaigns
  • Fight in 50 skirmishes, each one more challenging than the last
  • Use new units like assassins and mercenary soldiers to your advantage


Journey to distant Arabian lands renowned for brave warriors and fearsome weaponry in FireFly Studios' Stronghold Crusader. This highly anticipated successor to the best-selling Stronghold combines the finest aspects of a City Builder and RTS. Lead a determined group of Crusaders, forged by centuries of barbaric foreign invader amidst the haze of the desert heat.

Now you have the chance to relive the historic Crusades in four campaigns as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, the Sultan of Syria. Attack the strongholds of fierce rival lords during the intense new "Crusader Mode". Conquer the "Crusader Trail" - 50 linked skirmish missions, each one more challenging than the last! Storm enemy barricades with over 25 units!

Create an awe inspiring fortress in the Castle Builder mode! Design challenging new scenarios with the full-featured map and scenario editor! Join for the ultimate crusade for the crown! Crush up to 8 friends in multiplayer Skirmish Mode via LAN or over the Internet! If you're a fan of historical strategy games and enjoy epic-scaled RTS combat, you simply can't say no to this one.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood, Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Bad Language, 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 RAM Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled. Patched to version 1.2

All user reviews:

User reviews:

Great fun

Posted on 2009-03-22 17:03:46 bycootetom's avatarcootetom:

Great game. I thoroughly enjoy building a massive army from the resources provided by a thriving economy inside my well defended castle walls. Had the first stronghold a while back but I prefer this one as it has some really cool new characters (archers on horses). This one also seems to play a little better than I remember the first time round, you tend to have to tweak your strategyread more to win games rather than stick with the same approach each time.

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Simple, well balanced, beautiful

Posted on 2009-04-19 03:59:48 byadricv's avataradricv:

Buy if: You want to get into RTS, you want a simple but compelling RTS, you're looking for a good sim game, you're looking for quick pick up games
Don't buy if: You absolutely, unequivocally, despise RTS games
Stronghold Crusader is a game which is simple enough and properly designed to be very easy to get into. Newcomers to the RTS genre will find much to like in this title,read more which doesn't obfuscate gameplay with infinite amounts of units or magical powerups which suddenly swing the balance. It feels very much like a castle 'model' in the scientific sense, and this adds a lot to the final experience. The economy is simple and intuitive and you find yourself micromanaging in ways you'd have never thought possible for yourself.
Constructions become 'your own'. S:C plays to the nostalgia in its customers, who go back to the days of Lego fortresses.
The sandbox options are absolutely stellar. If you tire of having to fight enemies you have the option of simply building a castle in peace, bringing it to its full glory without the bothersome Arab raiders coming to wreck your achievements!
Personally, I prefer Crusader over the first Stronghold, if only because of the setting. The Crusader setting is not often used and the isometric graphics are quite simply beautiful, especially in the context in which it's set. The soundtrack accompanies the game well enough to convince you to keep the speakers turned on.
Overall, there is little to dislike in Stronghold Crusader. At times, the shortcomings of the isometric camera appear when fiddling with menial construction details, but these punctual and very specific snags do not appear often enough to subtract from the overall brilliant experience.

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Slaughter your enemies and a Sunday Afternoon.

Posted on 2009-02-03 10:25:50 byDMorrone's avatarDMorrone:

A fine balance of resource management and combat - what other game do you have to make sure that archers on the wall protect the bakers running to get flour to make bread to feed your archers?
The AI of this game, though not exceptional, still does the job very well - and each "personality" has enough quirks where you'll start to look forward to going head toread more head with them.
This game is worthy to stand alongside the Age of Empires series, and I'd have to say Stronghold has that little bit more of a personality for me to choose it over that series when I want some old fashioned RTS goodness!

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