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Stronghold Crusader HD

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The game is an addition to the game-strategy Stronghold.

The main thing about the series of games Stronghold

The game Stronghold - a simulator of three activities:
the construction of a medieval castle,
military actions - assault of the castle or its defense,
creation and management of the village.

The atmosphere and situation of the first game

Briefly, this is the stylization of the Middle Ages. Game events begin in 1066, but there are often no time limits, so theoretically, missions can last dozens and even hundreds of game years.

The path of war and the path of peace

The game allows you to build - a settlement or a castle, carry out individual economic missions or just build freely, and destroy - invade the country, take the castle under siege or, on the contrary, crush the attackers. You can create your own maps and play in multiplay mode.


You are the ruler of the castle, you are responsible for both the economy and the war. Do not forget about the popularity - it's a separate indicator in the game.

You can build six types of buildings:
the castle and everything inside it - walls, towers, gates, barracks, ditches, etc.,
sawmills, quarries, mines and other structures for extraction of resources - wood, stone, iron and oil.
Farms that bring meat, milk, wheat, apples, hops, skins of cows,
city ​​buildings - houses, churches, wells,
Weapon workshops, where they produce weapons and armor,
Barns and shops for cheese, bread, ale

Buildings are built instantly, it is only necessary to make such a decision. Just as quickly your soldiers are trained. But all this requires money obtained from the collection of taxes and trade.

To succeed in the economy it is not enough just to make calculations. We have to cope with unpredictable disasters like the invasion of rabbits or fire.

The war is fought by soldiers of close combat and distant combat: archers, crossbowmen, pikemen, swordsmen, spearmen, knights and even monks with clubs.

Troops can shoot from towers, move around walls, destroy walls, use siege machines, including towers, while besieged have boiling resin tanks, pits with stakes and moats with water. You can dig trenches and even organize an epidemic in the enemy camp. For complex actions, except soldiers, you need to involve sappers and engineers.

Addition Stronghold Crusader HD

Expands the set of game situations with the stories of the Crusades:
The first crusade of 1094-1099,
Saladin's campaigns of 1187,
the expedition of Richard the Lionheart, Friedrich Barbarossa and the French Philip II in order to liberate Jerusalem

The way of the crusader is a campaign of 50 cards not tied to historical events, but in the same setting.

One of the unique innovations are the assassins - the warriors of special abilities, able to invisibly enter the castle and open the gate from the inside, interrupting the guard.

Release date
FireFly Studios
FireFly Studios
Age rating
13+ Teen

System requirements for macOS

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.

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 with latest service packs
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.6Ghz or equivalent
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 64MB DirectX 8.1 Compatible
  • DirectX: Version 8.1
  • Storage: 850 MB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 8.1 Compatible
  • Additional Notes: GameRanger software will be installed for mutiplayer matchmaking support
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Stronghold Crusader HD reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Since my Childhood (about 10 upwards) I played Stronghold Crusader Enthusiastically. Then I lost the CD and I couldn't play it anymore. A significant Loss. Luckily, there's this HD Version on Steam (yay), which is why I'm now able to play this fantastic Game again. Positive Aspects:-many different AI Opponents-multiplayer possible via small Detours (E.g. Hamachi)-2 Campaigns for small But fine challenges-but still a clear Number of Troops with different Abilities (Tunnel builders, Builders, classic Crusaders, classic Arab Fighters)-Good raw Material System/Market and Gold for Trading Goods negative things I can't actually name any, BUT ACTUNG The second Part (Stronghold Crusader II) has nothing to do with the Original. It's pure Money-making And doesn't have nearly as much Gameplay to offer as the first Part. As is often the case here, The Original is better.
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Yes... What to say about this Classic big? -You have the 80 Crusade Marches that become quite demanding towards the End-but Once you have all 80 it is done. -The four Historical Campaigns (Which are a nice Side occupation, but unfortunately a bit mau, in addition, Five of the 20 Missions are simpler Skirmish Battles)-The Skirmish Mode: THE Strength of Stronghold Crusader. Own Battles with up to 7 Opponents are also great Fun in the long term. Especially since the Skirmish Mode harmonizes very well with the next Point:-The Map editor: In Addition to the Skirmish Mode the second great Strength of Stronghold Crusader. With a little Creativity with Combination of the Skirmish Modus Or E.g. a self-created invasion/Ist economic campaign, this one also binds for a long time. I summarize roughly: Negative:-Mounted Archers and Bracelet Shooters are quite OP in this Part-The Four Historical Campaigns are quite short with 20 Missions and with quite little Story-Soundtrack does not get to The 1st Part ran Positive:-80 Predetermined Battles with hard Missions-Simples but effective Economic System-As in the first Part good, simple combat system-Beautiful, matching and timeless Graphics (Especially if you take into account The Release date)-Offers Hobbyists and creative People Long-term motivation through Ski Mish Mode and Card Editor-Nostalgia bonus-Generally the feel of the game The Negative Points are, however, more than clearly outweighed by the Gameplay feeling. In my a Timeless Classic that is a Must for People with a Penchant For burst Construction Simulators and Fighting Games. With Stronghold Classic the last Part of the Stronghold series I don't think is Good-But Excellent! Clear Buy recommendation. 10/10
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