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Stronghold HD

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Stronghold is a real-time strategy game, the first installment in Firefly Studio’s Stronghold series. Gameplay### The game takes place in Medieval Brittan of XI century. In most game modes, you take лrole of a Lord and have to develop your castle increasing its population, creating a stable economy and strong military while maintaining your popularity among the people. The game attends both the war and economics aspect. There are many types of resources in the game that can be divided into two groups: food and materials. The townspeople constantly consume food, so the player has to develop a stable production of meat, bread, apples, and cheese. Each of these types of food requires different structures and has different stages of production. Unlike most other RTS, each military unit requires a different set of recourse to be created. E.g., crossbowman needs a crossbow and leather armor; swordsman needs a sword and metal armor. The game has two campaigns: military and economic. In the latter, you don’t have to with other Lords, but only wild animals. Besides that, there is a free mode where you can develop your castle without any objectives or time restrictions and siege mode, separate scenarios that do not involve castle building but instead lets player attack or defend several historical castles.
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Release date
Oct 21, 2001
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 RAMGraphics: 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
  • Processor: 1.6GHz equivalent Intel or AMD processor
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Video: 64MB video card with hardware Transform & Lighting
  • Hard Drive: 2.5GB uncompressed free space
  • Sound: DirectX 7 compatible sound card or higher
  • Direct X: DirectX 9.0c (included) or higher
  • Multiplayer: GameRanger software will be installed for mutiplayer matchmaking support
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Stronghold HD reviews and comments

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Microsoft from French
I discovered stronghold with the HD version of the first, very nice game. Seeing the Edition including several stronghold games on promotion, I let myself try, after all, a rather well-scored sequel, I'm not risking anything, is it? I have however relatively quickly disenchanted. First mission (in the accented part on management) I quickly notice that the game is much slower, too slow. By the time that resources like stone or wood are routed to the designated place, you have time to make a coffee. Or ten actually. It's really slow. So know if the rest will not bother you, but there are shortcuts that can handle speed, we are saved. I guess it was not useful to say it in the tutorial? Either, this slowness is not what stopped me, I still enjoy the game until then. However a second problem surfaced, fires and wells. I have nothing against the idea of maintaining the buildings, I even find it a good idea so well executed, however here you end up with a fire in your city every minute, and not a small one. What forces you to do several wells, a little awkward that this is the most present building in your city but either, there is not the problem. It happens when the game has to designate which well will extinguish which fire, the path finding therefore, which is our third big problem. The drop of water that makes the vase overflow: the pathfinding is the reason that made me repay this game, I have already touched briefly on the problem of the wells, from times to time the game will decide to send the employee of a well that is not the most optimized at all , this would not really be a problem if only every how gone into flame did not reduce the life of your building, and extinguish the fire does not put this life back, it just prevents it from going down further. The problem of the path finding is even worse when it comes to combat. First mission where fighting is involved, bandits ravage my camp, I order my troops to attack them. After killing one or two units, some of my troops behind one of my buildings are starting to make straight left behind it, panzing and probably not knowing which way to go in order to reach the enemies? Result, the time to bypass the DIS building to these soldiers, the rest of my army to perish and I'm good to start the Mission again. By having enough, I try to launch stronghold legends. I notice that it is the same engine. I try to give him a chance, unfortunately the first mission (which allows me to manage troops from the beginning) quickly makes me understand that I am dealing with the same beast. Troops that do not attack after clicking on an enemy, half are not attacking either in offensive mode (often the melee units Besides, Javelin launchers seemed better to respond to orders) path finding yet to pick..... In short after that, I can only ask for a refund, it's very unfortunate, the options of buildings seemed more numerous than strongold HD and being a fan of city construction, I would really have liked this game but the various details I quoted are too frustrating, and I only played less than two hours allotted for the steam refund, I do not know how many other flaws this game can contain.
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