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 (685 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/reg;: DirectX 9.0c (included) or higher
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Can't place that there Mi'lord
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Greetings, Sire ! Your Stronghold awaits you !
Best RTS I know.
Build a damn castle, set up economy, build up strong army and CRUSH ANYONE WHO STANDS ON YOUR WAY.
Has long campaign, amazing plot and missions are quite hard (at least last ones are).
Also, free building mode and additional campaigns. Historical sieges ! A lot of things.
Nostalgia, men.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
A game where I get to play a basterd lord of my fictional stronghold Scrotumshire, striking fear into my peasants, forcing them to live in filth and suffering while keeping the nobles fat and filled with wine. Pretty much sounds like a Game of Thrones set up.

11/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
When this game first came out, I played it incessantly. It was clear from the beginning that the devs put a lot of nuance and original thought in this game. The campaign is really fun and brings a lighthearted story as you build your castle and prevent it from being overrun.

The music is excellent and brings an authentic mood and flavour to this game, as does the voice acting.

The graphics are dated but as a medieval castle sim they aren't a drawback. The HD rerelease adds very little to it, however.

As I'm sure the publisher found out this game proved to be successful and they released a string of games in this series. Quite honestly the move to 3D didn't do much and actually took away from the authentic feeling that came with this game. I didn't find the 3D graphics that good in the 2nd stronghold. The crusader series was equally interesting and unique and the Crusader Extreme release was insanely frustrating and crazy what with the AI rushes.

The only maddening thing about this game is that sometimes it is difficult to accurately gauge where to build stone for your castle wall. You sometimes need to draw down the wall option to allow you to see the ground, because I have spent hours building a castle only to have it overrun in seconds because the enemy AI ran through a small breach that was otherwise undetected. Other than that a very good game overall. Sad to see that the franchise has not improved over time...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
This game lives up to it's description and it's reputation. Although personally, I prefer Stronghold 2. Still a strongly recommended, often very overlooked game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
This game is the MOTHER of every other Stronghold game ( I mean it's the FIRST Stronghold you could buy ) everyone who loves the middle age, knights..fights and economical gameplay should BUY this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
This, was and is brilliant little castle sim, this game had all you need, and by the time crusader came around the forumla had been figured out and perfected. Shame they seem to have misplaced the formula for the newer games in the series.

If you haven't played this game before, get playing!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This game is really charming and makes me want to play it over and over again. I first picked up the game when I was a kid (maybe 13?) and I just found it on steam at age 22 and I love it just as much as I did then. Very few games have that lasting effect on people, so congrats to the developers on this one.

If you're looking for a castle simulator/base builing game that takes place in the medieval era then this is by far one of the best games. The graphics are actually very decent considering the game's age.

If you're looking for a game that's going to test your strategic abilities, then this game is also good for that as well. Trying to play through every mission on the maximum difficulty setting really makes you think. It's an excellent game.

The only problem with this game is the voice acting. It's just terrible lol. But maybe that's one of the reasons it's charming.

9/10 on a bad day.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Beware the rabbits' scourge
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Together with Stronghold Crusader, the best castle simulator out there. And it will probably stay like that for next few years. Visually it has barely aged. Graphics are vibrant, the castle feels alive, economy is solid, warfare is great, voice acting is pretty amazing and the best thing about this game. Soundtrack. That amazing sound of middle ages. It's believable, it's catchy, it's spectacular. Everyone should have played this game at least once in their PC gaming career.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
SIR, THEY ARE FILLING IN THE MOAT!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
This game is just as good as I remember it. The screams of invading soldiers as burning pitch is dumped onto their heads is still as satisfying now as it was all those years ago.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
This one is SO much better than the newer Strongholds!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This game is good because I like it, and I also like trains. HAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAH LOLOLOL PIE IS HILARIOS! Cheez ids like so funny!!! But srsly...

10
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4 of 15 people (27%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Doesn't Work! On win 8.1 and 7!
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Will not Play on windows 8. Community stated that there was a compatibility tab in properties to fix it. No compatibility tab found. still unable to play. So do not recommend untill clear fix is avalible for window 8 machines.
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0 of 12 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Does not support 1360x768 8.( I hope it will in the future
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3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
The only downside of this game is that you finish it very quicky.

10/10
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9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Being one of the gems of my childhood, you can imagine how surprised and excited I was to see this series pop up in the steam store. For those unfarmiliar, Stronghold is a sort of economy based midevail RTS. Esentially, you are given a set of different scenarios in which you have to use the resources in the varying enviorments you are given. Sometimes, these enviornments will help you get an advantage to your enemy - you may be located close to trees, which will allow you to get a quick start on building many essential things, such as food and weapon producing buildings. Otherwise, you may be given a disadvantage at times and being able to make do with what you have can make victory all the more satisfying.

In Stronghold, you need to think carefully about how you spend your resources. On one hand, it will be important to build a barracks so you can hold a strong and ready militia to defend against your enemy's forces. On the other hand, in order to raise a decent army, you need to keep your peasants happy and in your castle. This requires keeping your grainary stocked with food, being able to have enough industrial buildings to build farms to keep peasants fed, and other mechanics.

To be victorious, you have to carefully plan out your divison of resources - it is equally important to keep your peasants populous and happy and to have a strong defence to wane off enemy attacks, as one good strike can land a once prosperous land in ruins, and you very vulnerable to further attacks. All in all, I would strongly recommend Stronghold to anybody new to the RTS genre. RTS veterans would probably enjoy playing this one, too. There's nothing quite as satisfying as surviving a seige and being able to crush your enemy in a few swift blows.
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Suddenly i feel 10 again - aww the nostalgia
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