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 (721 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
16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Wood needed
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Retire my lord?
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Even after more than a decade

still struggling to complete mission on normal difficulty.

watching my whole castle destroyed by 3 bandits then wolf pack comes along and pawned them makes me feel good

would try again and get my castle destroyed 10/10.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
This game is fun, nicely made, and a classical game which is really good. It is my second best in the stronghold, series SH2 coming first. Personally, I would recommend this as you can build imaginatevly, and have a nice castle in the countryside, on a hill, or peacfully in the middle of the sea. (Need to build a map for that.)

Get this game and you won't regret it!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Good game
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
OUR GRANARY STOCKS ARE GROWING SIRE!
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Wood needed! 10/10-Nostalgia
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Great game. A bit slow to start and takes a little getting used to when it comes to camera angles, but overall the game has a nice feel to it. Excellent strategy game to add to any collection.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Get to kill Giants with Dragons :D
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Medieval/historicyl strategy/economy game, one of the good old classics.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Wood needed!
10/10 Would Childhood again
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
looking for people to play with awesome game wanna play with others
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Gameplay is similar to RTS with some economy and reputation mechanic ( I think they call it Castle builders these days )

This game has great attention to detail . Each building has some kind of animations and each worker does several tasks and can even take time to relax .

The # of people in your castle will depend on how well you distribute food and how fair are your taxes .

By far the best part of this game are animated lords in the story who will fight and betray each other as you take over their land .
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
If you're looking for a 1080p remake of the original, this is for you, I for one however found the first few missions lacking in any kind of metrics on what your stronghold is doing. Why are people leaving? Dying? Etc...
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Ive tried every stronghold game that has come out to date- except the recently released (2014) Crusader 2- Stronghold Legends is my favorite in the series as of now. 3d graphics with the same feel as the 2d game, improvements to some buildings (barracks) and many new units (especially magical ones and heroes like merlin). The game has crashed 2 times in 10 hours of playing, so thats sort of an issue- other than that, this is a great stronghold game.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Whatever nostalgia people revel in in this game, it doesn't make up for the horrible way this game seems to play. Even the peaceful, introductory mission is difficult to acclimate oneself to. Can't recommend. There are better ways to get a Medieval, RTS, or simulation fix.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Its like age of empires, only better.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
best
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This game gets a 8.9 out of 10. (Good)
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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