The original castle sim, Stronghold HD allows you to design, build and destroy historical castles. Engage in medieval warfare against the AI in one of two single player campaigns or online with up to 8 players.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,024 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 19, 2001

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"A genuine castle sim that is complex, colorful and can fit on a floppy disk. A lot more building options than the new sequel with the fear factor system"

About This Game

The original castle sim, Stronghold HD allows you to design, build and destroy historical castles. Engage in medieval warfare against the AI in one of two single player campaigns or online with up to 8 players.

Story

With 21 missions to test your mettle and four renegade lords to defeat, it is up to you to reunite medieval England and take back your lands from the treacherous Rat, Pig, Snake and Wolf. Missions range from breaking sieges and capturing enemy castles to raising gold and holding off enemy attacks. Also featured is a full economic campaign, tasking players to gather resources and build weapons within the time limit.

HD Edition

With new high resolution graphics you have more control over your soldiers than ever before. The new HD battlefield view allows you to zoom out and play in real-time, with the whole map on one screen. Advance on the castle gates while flanking the enemy from behind, feign retreat and lead your foe into a deadly trap or just sit back and watch the destruction unfold.

Features
  • Join the fight for medieval England as you drive back the forces of the villainous Wolf.
  • Design and build your very own castle, with a working economy and brutal killing zones.
  • Battle through 21 story-based missions, defending against enemy attack and dominating your foes.
  • Besiege famous historical castles in unique game modes such as “Siege That!” or build to your heart’s content in the combat-free economic campaign.
  • High resolution graphics allow you to view the entire map on a single screen.
  • Steam Cloud support for saved games.
  • Updated for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 compatibility.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
100 of 107 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
The axe cutter dude is probably the most blood thirsty, savage, over powered unti in the whole game. I've seen that guy do crasy ♥♥♥♥ just to get fire wood for me including killing enemy axe cutters, destroying enemy catapults to collect the wood that the catapult is built with, and taking arrow fire just to get the last tree of the land. I respect these men.

10/10
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Stronghold... I played it around 8 years ago and buyed it now on Steam and i still love it!

It's old (14 years) but still very fun and gives me a nostalgic feeling.
I don't know if the graphics were good at 2001 but i like them and now with the HD edition you can play the game in higher resolutions up to 2560x1600 which is very good.
Also the game music is awesome and fits perfectly in this game.

If you like to build castles you should definitely buy this game and also you should try Stronghold Crusader (not Stronghold Crusader 2) because its awesome too, if not the best of all Stronghold games!( ´・ω・`)
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
81.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
I really liked the economic system of the game, the production chain is just awesome, and you can actually man your walls and towers with soldiers; each kind of unit has particular strenghts and weaknesses (like swordmans which are really slow, can't fill moats and can't climb ladders); the campaign is fun and quite difficult (I still have to finish the last mission on easy difficulty)

PROs
-Challenging AI;
-The game crashed once in 10 years;
-The scenaries are quite beautiful;
-Lots of different uses of engineers
-You can light almost everything on fire (for pyros)
-Try to run the game on Christmas and 10 days before
-The game will warn you if you play for too long (I really love this stuff)
-Fantastic economic and popularity sistem, with its production chain (like wheat->flour->bread, and you can see the people working)
-Awesome soundtracks
-Castles architecture
-You need to store or buy weapons to recruit soldiers

CONs
-Everytime I run this game it makes me feel old :D but is still a lot of fun
-Drunkards and children that will stand against your will to build large things



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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
I've learned that people don't need food when they have enough beer!

11/10
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22 of 36 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
WE ARE THE MACE MEN!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Really loved the story, played it two times all the way through. The story is set-up in such a way it's easy to learn to understand the game. So it's also playable for people who don't always play games like this. Troops may be a bit buggy sometimes, but doens't really annoying. I played the campaign accompanied by my girlfriend, and she liked it.

Basically it's an old school game based on Medieval villages, wars and gaining power.
It's easy and chill to play.
I would recommend it to everyone.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Great game for anyone whos looking for a relaxing RTS or a serious battle.
11/10 the wood stocks are too low sire
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Amazing game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
STILL an amazing game after all this time! An absolute bargain bucket for money spent to hours of play ratio...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
An oldie but goodie, in my opinion the obvious best of the entire stronghold system. Is it worth buying? "YES MY LORD"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2Ut26qXaIo
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
One of my all time favourites! Its a very good buy!
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
I remember this game from my year 4 classroom on Fridays. Thanks Mr Taylor!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
I played alot of the older stronghold games when i was yunger and loved the combination of castle building/planning, military action, and having to balance your economy and flow of gold with the happiness of your peasants. And thats what makes this a very fun Simulation/Strategy game to play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Best campaign and the best strategy game, BUY IT!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
It was, it is and it will be the best medieval RTS of all time. At least for me. A decent story and a milestone in timespending back in the days.
And don't forget the editor. A blast from the past where you can create your very own scenarios and missions. It's brilliant.
Also, a bard sings for you and there's booze. Lots of booze and fair ladies.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
One of the best games I've ever played, period. You owe it to yourself to play this game. Don't think about, just make the purchase. I'm thoroughly impressed. This is amazing.

Only one complaint: developers are not easy to get in touch with, and the HD remake does not support Ultrawide (21:9) resolutions, such as 2560 x 1080.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Best castle game NA. Just buy it. The controls feel a little wierd because its an old game, but overall its a great experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Stone needed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
82.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Stronghold 1 is love, Stronghold 1 is life.

I love this game, from the age of ten all the way to now, I have loved every single second of it.
The campaign is challenging and fun whilst keeping you thinking of new ways to take over that pesky Pigs' castle (Still haven't been able to get past that mission). I've played a few multiplayer games and it is quite polished. There is no lag, and if there is, it is either connection lag (99% of the time) or your computer is a potato (1% of the time).

To this day, I say to myself, "These graphics are perfect for this game". I have absolutely no problem with these 2001 graphics, plus the HD remake makes it even better by adding bigger resolutions.

The combat is also quite amusing. Woodcutter VS Cavalry? Sure, why not. Don't get me wrong, woodcutters are OP as ♥♥♥♥. The unit pathing is also simple yet effective and is much, much better than Stronghold 3 and some other games that I have played.

The Map Editor is also simple yet effective and has allowed me to create some pretty cool Free build maps, siege and invasion maps. It also allowes you to choose what buildings can be built, how much resources you start with and events that happen throughout that particular game.

Overall, if you are thinking of getting this game, stop thinking and spend the $6 it costs to buy it, because for $6, you can get hours and hours of enjoyment, just like I have, out of this game.
11/10 would build stone stairs up mountains again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
This game is not working on Windows 8 , But it is great. It should have an Workshop, Like Stronghold Crusader 2.
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