Stronghold Crusader 2 is the long awaited sequel to the original castle sim. After 12 years Stronghold returns to the desert with a new 3D engine and powerful Havok Physics. Crusader 2 recaptures the original game’s addictive, fast-paced gameplay and authentic castle simulation.
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Mixed (147 reviews) - 60% of the 147 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Sep 22, 2014

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April 7

April Update

Size - 3.4 MB
Version - 1.0.22670

We have released a small update to address a couple of issues.

Change Log
  • Fixed the "Fetchez La Vache" achievement.
  • Added an options_override file for players experiencing issues when saving game options. (See below for full details)

Some players have reported that the game does not allow them to load and save games properly. This appears to be because the game cannot access their Documents\Stronghold Crusader 2 folder for an unknown reason. To remedy this we have released an update allowing players to change the directory in which Stronghold Crusader 2 stores all options, saved games, maps etc.

In order to use this players can edit the file in \bin\win32_release\options_override.xml, located in their installed directory. Please read the instructions within the file before editing it.

We strongly suggest only using this override if absolutely necessary, in cases where the default directory cannot be used. Do NOT use this override option if you experience no issues when saving options, progress or saved games within Stronghold Crusader 2.

Please Note: Steam Cloud will not work if you use an override path. Steam Cloud only works with the Documents\Stronghold Crusader 2 folder.

This update should download automatically when you launch the Steam client. To confirm whether or not the download was successful, check the version number displayed in the bottom left corner of the main menu screen when launching Crusader 2. If the number displayed is not 1.0.22670 please restart Steam until the update downloads.

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April 1

Free Weekend

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The full Stronghold Crusader 2 base game is currently FREE to download and play this weekend, with 80% off until Monday. Every player with a Steam account currently has access to the single player campaigns, multiplayer and all secondary modes, such as free build!

How to Play

  1. Install Steam.
  2. Download Crusader 2 for free.
  3. Repel the infidel!

For a limited time only we are giving you and your Steam friends a free ticket to the latest and greatest 3D entry in the Stronghold series. Face old rivals like Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in a series of dynamic, fast-paced skirmish matches, challenge your friends in the unforgiving multiplayer arena or build the world’s grandest castle in free-build mode.

Already own the game? Then invite your friends! Show no mercy in a brutal multiplayer showdown or teach them the ropes using the game’s unique co-op mode.

Crusader 2 will remain available for free until Sunday April 3rd at 20:00 GMT, giving you several full days to enjoy the definitive 3D Stronghold. The 80% off sale will run until Monday 17:00 GMT.

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“Crusader 2 is a triumphant evolution of the game that they've held dear for the last twelve years.”
8/10 – GameWatcher

“Minecraft power-users will marvel at the sophistication and visual clarity of its castle-building engine.”
8/10 – Empire

“Unique, fast-paced castle-building action the way it was meant to be.”
8/10 – Hooked Gamers

Special Edition

  • Digital Soundtrack Composed by Robert Euvino
  • 'The Art of Stronghold Crusader 2' Digital Art Book
  • Stronghold Crusader HD: Full game on Steam - Already own it on Steam? Gift it to a friend!

Special Edition Customers

To access your digital art book and soundtrack please install the game, navigate to the game folder and open up a folder titled ‘Special Edition’.

By default this is located at:

C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\Stronghold Crusader 2\Special Edition

About This Game

Stronghold Crusader 2 is the long awaited sequel to Stronghold: Crusader, the original 'castle sim'. After 12 years Stronghold returns to the deserts of the Middle East circa 1189, with a new 3D engine and realistic castle destruction powered by Havok Physics. Crusader 2 will recapture the original game’s addictive, fast-paced gameplay and authentic castle simulation.

True to its roots this new Stronghold will define old school real time strategy, combining RTS and city builder gameplay. Playing as a brutal Crusader Knight or Arabic freedom fighter, you must use a deadly array of troops and destructive siege equipment to decide the fate of the holy lands. Lead your forces into battle as either Richard the Lionheart or the Sultan of Syria in two historic single-player campaigns, with dynamic events such as tornados and locust swarms. Become the greatest Lord by managing your desert economy and seizing control of vital oases.

To dominate the battlefield you will need to command more than 25 unique unit types, mastering their special abilities. Raise morale with the Sergeant at Arms, charge in with the Sassanid Knight, use Archers to launch an arrow volley or scale castle walls with the deadly Assassin. Once your skills have been perfected put them to the test in skirmish mode or take the battle online with up to eight human and AI players. Create teams, choose different AI opponents and design your own map in the ultimate skirmish or multiplayer game!

  • Build the Ultimate Castle - Design mighty strongholds and fill them with fiendish traps to crush your enemies!
  • Skirmish Mode - Lay siege to your enemies in fast-paced custom skirmish matches against the AI.
  • 8 Player Multiplayer - Mix and match human and AI players, maps and game modes to set up your ideal multiplayer game.
  • Battle a Wide Range of AI Lords - Classic AI characters return alongside new blood, each with distinct personalities, castles and play styles.
  • Challenge the Crusader Trail - Test your mettle across a range of increasingly tough skirmish campaigns.
  • Co-op Play - Share control over castle building, troop control and resource management in Co-op Mode.
  • Castle Sandbox - Dive into the Map Editor or Free Build mode and construct the ultimate castle without fear of attack.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 with latest service packs
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT 512MB or AMD Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/10 64-bit with latest service packs
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 5830 1GB or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: This is the minimum spec recommended for hosting a multiplayer game.
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( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Not so good , as it has been released in 2014 but still the gaming mechanics are worst than some early strategy games. Hardcore strategy lovers can have a try. There are always refund button if you dont like.
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( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
*Bought khan and jackal dlc
*Chose khan
*Started with crusader soldiers
*Pressed "I'd like to request a refund" button
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✪ larr0x -nJ-
( 83.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Good game but it had some bugs...
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Soylent Greenskeeper
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Fun but the game crashes just about any time you go to a menu screen - maybye it's a Win10 thing.
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( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Not as good as the original. AI OP

3/10 on a good day
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( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Reading a lot of the reviews, i was sceptical about buying the game. But since Stronghold is one of the games that got me into gaming itself, i just had to try it. This game deserves a much better rating. I played every single Stronghold game, so i think i know what i am talking about here. I really enjoyed playing Stronghold Crusader 2 from the minute i started up the first mission. Took a little while to get used to the UI that differs from its predecessors, but its not such a big deal. I really love the gameplay and the use of the HAVOC engine, it really makes the game feel more alive. I bought the special edition of the game on sale for 5,99e. It was a great deal, because you get Stronghold HD aswell.

+ Gameplay
+ HAVOC Engine
+ Graphics
+ Sound

- UI might be confussing

I really think the game is great and i think more people would buy it if it had a choice of replacing the UI with one that is similiar to the classic UI from Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader.

I recommend that you buy this game! You will enjoy it!
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Dirty Harry
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Causes my pc to crash after each game the first day. now it crashes my pc 5 min into a game. This is also a problem for my buddy. other than that its great.
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( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
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Butternut Squash of Destiny
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Game crashes whenever a match end. In single player or multiplayer. Checked integrity. Re-installed. Checked compatibility options. No success.

What year is it when games like this arent stable? Pathetic.
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106 of 122 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
192.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1

This review will basically help you whether to buy this game or not , however , although I am recommending this game , am going to be neutral mentioning both good and bad aspects of this game genuinely .
I have spent 100+ Hours on this game before I write this review , so please before you agree or disagree with me , try to complete reading this review.

First of all , lets compare this game to the first version of it which is Stronghold Crusader 1.
An Example.

-Clearly , since it has been released in 2014 , this game is in 3D and has a better amazing graphics , you can zoom too close to the objects and can see them clearly in a good view.
-New lords and sounds in the game which makes it more fun.
-You can set a rally point for the army to go to it once they are produced.
-It has exactly the same buildings but in more realistic view , there\\\'s a Market now which lets u auto-sell and buy good on a limit you choose , instead of spamming mouse click to sell and buy allot of goods.
-There are no trenches anymore , which makes the game more possible unlike the sc1 where you can dig a trench all over your castle and block the enemy from entering it.
-You can now put your siege equipment at a point close to the enemy instead of those workers who u integrate with the equipment to make it work.
-They added allot of new troops in both Arab and Crusader army. Like for example the healer which makes u heal your army , Rangers , sergeants at arms,,, etc.
-Easier managment for the economy and goods from the panel on the top right of the screen to get more taxes. it tells you how much you product and consume.
-A new feature of occupying free lands in the map to take goods from them , wasn’t in SC1.

Pros (in general)
-The game is very realistic , there are 2 types of lords , Arabs and Crusaders , where both are very realistic in the army type and economy , for example there\\\'s a sheep farm and mosque instead of pig farm and church for Arab lords.
Check here.
-The learning campaigns are realistic and Historically accurate , they are some about Antioch and Jerusalem , you should reach there and occupy it , you will enjoy the skirmish trials as well.
-The game offers 4 DLC which add 2 new lords in each dlc with their skirmish trials. so 8+8=16 lords with dlcs.
-Each lord has his own type of army and economy, and his unique castle design.
-The Multiplayer side of the games seems stable most of the time , you can play with others in wide options of peace time and what\\\'s allowed and not( Assassins , trebuchets..etc) . and it has a cool feature which is if the host was P*ssy and left the game , the game migrates the host to another player in the game so there\\\'s no interruption in the gameplay.
Check here.
-Easy use of army and positioning\\\\lining them , with the attack mode which tells the warrior what to do with enemies.
-You will enjoy the soundtracks in the game , they are really exciting and fun.

-The game is unstable yet , it still has some bugs in it and needs frequent updates, last update was on april\\\\16 , so expect a glitch or a crash.
-The cost of most things is generally high , walls for example will cost allot of stone , market and inn will cost much wood too..
-The multiplayer system is unstable yet , sometimes u won’t be able to join a specific lobby , or it will appear empty.
-The game sometimes doesn’t accept more than 4 players in multiplayer , so its 2v2 max.
-The army stops sometimes when u move it , or it goes back and forward again.
-The knights gets off their horses for no reason sometime , you have to put them back on it.
-The mantlet health is high enough , if you put your army under 100 mantlets , i dont think the archers on the towers can stop you while catapulting them under mantlets.
-The tower ballista damage is lower than the crossbow , looks weird for me.

So shall I buy this game ?
Well , if you love strategy games specially historical\\\\medieval ones , and you think you are smart enough to build and manage a desert castle, yes buy it. But if you think you can learn everything in the game and become an OP player in it in 2 hours , then don’t buy it.
There are allot of videos and guides there you can watch or read to learn how to have strong economy and military power.A good video.
Don’t look at the reviews percentage on steam store page , most of them are 1 lined review with no reasonable dislike. However, don’t buy this game unless it\\\'s on sales it gets really cheap, otherwise it’s too expensive and doesn’t really deserve its original price without sales.
One more thing , don’t buy the special edition , it really adds silly things for nothing.

The game is very addictive and you will enjoy it.
Thank you for reading!

My funny artworks xD.
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31 of 43 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Note: Bought the game on special, but it was on my wishlist.

What a sorely disappointing game. They did a few things right - credit granted. However, the negative aspects of the game clearly beat up the positive aspects... without much re-consideration. If you're a fan of the Stronghold series then sure, go spend your hard-earned dollars. You might enjoy it. I, however, did not.


Here's the thing: If you're looking for a remake of Stronghold Crusader, then this most likely isn't your game. If you're looking for a cool RTS, then you could have some fun. There's a few buggy issues with the game which I'll log throughout my experience with it. I would, however, only recommend buying this game on SPECIAL. It definitely isn't worth the normal retail value.


Mission: Saladin Learning Campaign 4
Collected the 500g cache behind the first wall. The gold cache registered as collected as the "pop-up" was visible.
Condition: I used a catapult to knock down the wall and charged a Sassanid Knight in to collect it. At first, it wouldn't register as I assumed it was because there were enemy players near it? However, as I ran my knight out it did. This leads be to believe that A) The enemy got it, or B) It didn't work in the aforementioned condition.
Result: My gold did not increase by 500.
Note: The timer on that mission is impractical (Medium difficulty). I always manage to make it to the last gate as the timer runs out. This was after trying both routes (high-ground and low-ground).

Update: 16/06/2016

1) The enemy (i.e. The Rat) is able to create units WITHOUT an armoury. This is further applied to having no GOLD available either, as we know it requires gold to produce units. I monitor his resources through the greatest lord panel.

2) Trebuchets are highly effective siege units. However, the trebuchets damage versus an armoury is rather disappointing. It requires upwards from 10 direct hits for the armoury to be destroyed, whereas a barracks requires far less than that.

3) I’ve noticed that the healers (produced from the mercenary camp) sometimes don’t move after being given an instruction (i.e. to go atop a tower). The unit model implies movement (i.e. he is walking), but there’s no actual movement at all. It’s only until I reissue the command does he do it correctly.

4) Enemy magically makes resources appear out of thing air? I’ve noticed this on a few occasions now. This refers to my first point, whereby I monitor his resources through the greatest lord panel. He literally averages below 50g while I’m sieging him, but still managers to buy stone (and all know how &*#$ing expensive that is – which brings me to another point.

5) The economy is slightly broken. You can buy wheat from upwards of 150g. However, when selling wheat (presumably a scarce commodity based on the cost price) sells for 5-10g. How did you work that one out? You should implement some sort of economy system (i.e. selling dilutes the market and lowers the value received per quantity. On the other hand, buying wheat creates greater demand thus raising the price). It’s rather simple economics.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
173.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I am a huge fan of the Stronghold series. Please keep the games coming :)... I do however have a small concern with the balance of the AI on Stronghold Crusader 2. I am mainly a single player person and prefer to play skirmishes with computer lords (AI) only. I have noticed during games with computer lords that the computer lords are able to spend/use gold and resources which they do not even have stored!! This makes playing with AI a little unbalanced and unrealistic :(. This was not the case in the first Stronghold Crusader. To give you an example, at the beginning of skirmishes with computer lords you can see them training troops and completing walls with little to no stone in their stockpile and even with the starting resources set to Low. It also makes it difficult to win sieges in 1v1 matches vs AI as they can immediately rebuild their castles with no stone at all!! Computer lords can attack with very expensive and tough troops during the first 5 minutes of the game due to this....I enjoy the game, I just believe in keeping it fair. Please look into this issue for a loyal customer. Thanks!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
i enjoy playing this game, although the very first stronghold was better there was more things avalble. i would give it 6/10
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39 of 73 people (53%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
This is a downgrade of the original Stronghold Crusader

Almost everything except graphics was marginally changed and not in a good way. I really tried to give it a proper try nevertheless my conclusion is save your time and money and just play the good old Stronghold Crusader HD.

Better Graphics

Everything Else

5.5 /10 Could be really great, now its just a bit over average.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Great game but the original first game is way better
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
The first Crusader was better but this good too.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This is first game i have played, well number 1 but great game suggest it to someone who wants to relax and let there brain shut down for abit depending if you're more offensive or defensive.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Game can be fun, singleplayer is fun, and the game is more challenging. my real concern is the multiplayer and the in game images that the developers are using. First off the multiplayer: is is all about building thick walls at the borders, man them up with crossbowmen, healers and banner carriers and harrash other players with horse archers and then finnish them of, really fun... the other this is the propaganda images that the developers are using. It shows huge castles, huge armies but I have never, ever, EVER seen those thing when playing the game. the housing and money making system is a bit f*cked as well.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Product received for free
I am a fan of the stronghold series. I played Stronghold 1 and the original Stronghold:Crusader. They were all great. they gave the player the feeling that he was controling actual human beings. When you clicked on them they would give you their oppinion of your way of ruling, taxes, and so on. Now when i click on somebody i hear only the clicking of my mouse. Nothing. Only silence. The economy system here is imbalanced. Most structures(if not all) reqire a lot of resources, but the harvesters and workers don't produse enought. The cost has increased dramatically in commparison to the original but the gatherers produse the same. So often you will find yourself in urgent need of recourses no matter no much you start with. The A.I. is a cheat, and they do not need their recource buildings to produce more of everything. I tested it. Destroyed all economy buildings of the computer and yet he continued to amass an army to block out the sun! Yes i admit this game is better than Stronghold 3, but making a game better than another in the franchise doesn't always mean that it will be a sucsess. The game is something no doubt about it, but if the player doesn't wanna get his a## kicked by the easiest A.I. no matter he gave it minimum recources and himself maximum available he should play multiplayer. Random events keep the game fresh true, but some are way too powerful and can turn the tide of a battle-I like it! All in all it is up to the reader to decide watever if he wants to play the game. It is a great multiplayer experience but the singleplayer if f##k hard because the A.I. is a cheat(as i said earlier). The game is best at bringing back my nostalgia to original Stronghold games. The first were the best. Those who liek the game have eider never played a TRUE stronghold came(AKA the original 2 about i keep ranting about obviously!) or keeps on nostalgia and it is stronger that fan rage(probably a rare individual). If any of you unfortunate souls want to play like real stronghold's ruler play the 2 originals. I strongly recomend the original Crusader(man, i miss its features-too bad most were F##KING REMOVED!).
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