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.
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Very Positive (36 reviews) - 86% of the 36 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Oct 19, 2001

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April 25

New Language Support

Brazilian Portuguese Now Available!

For the first time ever our updated HD version of the original Stronghold (2001) is now available with full BR-PT language support:

  • On-screen text, subtitles and sound.
  • Over 1000 lines of spoken dialogue and 1.5 hours of new audio.
  • Hear your favorite characters insult you in your native tongue!
  • A first for Stronghold HD.

As with the release of the original HD update in late 2012, this new language is free for all existing owners of the game. To change the game language for Stronghold HD on Steam please follow these instructions:

  1. Log into your Steam account.
  2. Right click on a game from the Steam game library and choose Properties.
  3. Go to the Language tab.
  4. Select the language you wish to use from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click OK.

Please Note - Files for this language may need to be downloaded before you can play.

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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.


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.

  • 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 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
You cannot place that there my lord. 10/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Get it for 99ct on sale and enjoy it. Its still awesome.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
For a 15 year old game it's aged OK. Playing fine in full HD with graphics which could kinda be considered retro now. At it's standard price of £3.50 it would have been a totally worth while £11p/hour for me, so even better from a Steam sale; a no-brainer for base builder fans scouring the back-catalogue. This original Stronghold version seemed to review far better than it's more expensive successors, and I can certainly believe that being justified.

There's a collection of historical siege scenarios, set up for you to survive with only what's given, and multi-player too, in theory (I never tried). But the single player is all that's really needed: an ample 'military' campaign with a bite sized 'economic' chaser (of 5 missions with minimal/no combat but random problems thrown at you without warning). There's no need to play a tutorial, as the main campaign is nice and gentle with introducing it's mechanics, buildings and units. It's strung together with spoken dialogue interludes, with almost passable voice acting, that step through a caricatured Britain of 1000 years hence.

The vast majority of missions are build up and/or defend against a few waves of different attacks. This was definitely the modest pace I was after. I only felt the need to YouTube help with one of these types of mission, just to expedite a solution after a couple of quick failures, and that still felt rewarding. A more major frustration was that controlling military units can be clumsy with the isometric attack ranges being tricky and unintuitive, for example. This was one aspect that made the three (or so) assault missions seem unreasonable brutal. Even after watching a couple of tutorials right through, I just couldn't pull it of, so had to switch down to the lowest 'easy' setting and save my progress at stages throughout. Still, was a good feeling to finally complete these, making you really work to finish the game, which I did, like brutal end boss sections. I can imagine some gamers actually enjoying these puzzles and wanting more, like a large scale, medieval Rainbow 6, or something.

One important tip: some of the keyboard shortcuts seemed literally indispensable, so look those up (e.g. game speed adjustment, terrain flattening and view angle).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
The original stronghold has aged well enough. The biggest problem is clunky/lacking controls, expect to play entirely with the mouse. Build and manage an actual castle town, instead of just facerolling lumps of troops into other lumps of troops, in the masked rock/paper/scissors that most RTS games provide.

+ Music and voices
+ Economy and army management
+ Build walls, gatehouses, and towers
+ Pre-rendered graphics held up well enough
+ Grid based building, with an option to flatten visuals

+- Can zoom out, but not in
+- Most of the maps are so small that they barely fill the screen. Maybe this is because of larger modern resolutions?

- Steam doesn't work ingame
- Can't build on uneven terrain
- Without attack-move, combat is clunky
- Can't change controls, no WASD to scroll the map. Very few options in general.
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3 of 16 people (19%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Punishing and frustrating

The game starts well enough, but you'll quickly become frustrated with the clunky wall building mechanics and the relentless and overwhelming amount of attacks. So while you're busy deleting walls because the camera fooled you into thinking you filled that gap, and while you're trying to repair the damage from the last attack, you'll be about halfway done when the next attack comes.

The game becomes a game of frantically plugging holes in the ♥♥♥♥, while the AI is frantically making more holes, all while you're trying to juggle the convoluted economy system.

I cannot recommend this game, unless you enjoy heart attacks.

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1 of 12 people (8%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Stronghold HD

One of those games that I bet are really nice to play with the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia, but for a new player in 2016 it feels just way too aged.

The good:
+ Passable graphics
+ Nice music
+ Okay voice acting

The bad:
- Very lacking tutorial, barely anything is explained before the player is expected to know how everything works.
- Oldschool UI, meaning everything is represented by icons without any label or tooltips, so good luck memorising what each of them means. The camera controls are also limited and clunky.
- Partly due to the above two points - especially the lacking tutorial - the game is quite more difficult (even on easy mode) than I would feel reasonable. Overall it's just a frustrating experience.

If you haven't played it before, you don't lose much.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
293 of 309 people (95%) found this review helpful
88 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
More than 15 years old and still a better strategy game than Stronghold 3...
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238 of 249 people (96%) found this review helpful
266 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
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.

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383 of 478 people (80%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
137.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
caaaaaan't place that there milord
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116 of 125 people (93%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2013
An oldschool RTS focused on resource management, Stronghold is probably still one of THE most accurate castle simulations you'll find, as more focus is given to castle management than elemination of enemy units.
The novice RTS users or those who generally lack patience need not apply, as a lack of steam overlay (patch supposedly in progress) and general resource management focus means plenty of focus being required to see to the incredible intricacies.
All of this said, avoid Stronghold Legends since it ends up just NOT being Stronghold, and avoid Stronghold 2 since it ends up being about where the series falls apart due to hitting the polygonal 3D ceiling pretty hard.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
I'll jump right in by saying the video that promotes the game is mis-leading. All action occuring within seconds, and you practically have to go and learn the game all on your own. AI is poor, Graphics are poor, overall a bad game in my opinion. The "Missions" are next to impossible giving you archers to take down 500 men and 10 battering rams. I give this mixed reviews however as I did find it quite entertaining to watch all the infantry get simotainously mowed down by archer fire. I would not reccomend this to first comers or people not firmiliar with strategy games.
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104.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
One of many games of my childhood! 10/10
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34.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
One of my all time favourite games!, A must buy :)
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David Spence
16.5 hrs
Posted: September 22

Defending is too hard and attacking is a piece of pee. Just needs better balance!

Little fun but not engrosing.
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El Ahrairah
3.7 hrs
Posted: September 21
A slow paced and soothing medieval themed city builder, that has aged pretty well in my opinion. If you are looking for a break from high-octane Age of Empires 2 action, pick this one up.
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77.6 hrs
Posted: September 18
This game is good.
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4.6 hrs
Posted: September 15
This game was a large part of my childhood until the data on the disc stopped working... So glad to be finally playing this game again and for only £3.00!
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26.3 hrs
Posted: September 13
Very good game
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