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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Mixed (36 reviews) - 69% of the 36 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (1,674 reviews) - 93% of the 1,674 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.

Wield greater control over your army than ever before with new high resolution graphics! 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
5 of 6 people (83%) 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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2 of 11 people (18%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
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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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
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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1 of 12 people (8%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
were the hell are all these positive reviews coming from? is this the only city builder stratagy game you guys ever played or something. graphics are terrible especilly when there are games that came out a year eariler than this and have more content and far better graphics ( im looking at you master of olympus zeus. year 2000 release) strongholds is cheap because it has little if anything at all to offer that other city builder stratagy games do. Do not be bullied into thinking otherwise. if you like the look of it get it but if you have the slightest doubt about buying this then dont because you will likely regret it.
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1 of 32 people (3%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
stupidest game i ever played....not sure how this gad forsaken game is gettin very positive reviews.....obiously theres a bribe going on here.....really would like my money back....cant even progress passed second lvl....cant even build a second grainery......shame on u steam....this is last time i EVER buy a game from u jokers.....what a buncha clowns......
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235 of 251 people (94%) found this review helpful
90 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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124 of 133 people (93%) found this review helpful
277 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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380 of 476 people (80%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
137.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
caaaaaan't place that there milord
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116 of 126 people (92%) 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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97 of 103 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014

Ahh, Stronghold... A slice of nostalgia, and a damn fun game to boot. I'm going to go on a bit of a rant here, to be perfectly honest, so for anyone remotely interested in this game I'll give you a quick overview right now. Stronghold is a classic real time strategy game with a focus on replayability, base building/management and careful positioning over the micromanaging tactics that tend to dominate many RTS games today. If that sounds up your street, I'd buy it at full price. The game is WELL worth £3.50 and I must have sunk at least 40 hours into creating new and interesting siege maps and swapping them with my friends to challenge one another alone.


Onto the more detailed rundown...


Ummm... Yeah, this isn't why you should be playing this game. It was made back in the early 2000's, and it looks like it. This 'HD remake' does little to help it there. There's no reworking of the graphics or anything like that, and the opening cinematic still plays in a hilariously tiny box in the middle of a great big black void. Fortunately, in-game itself is treated very nicely indeed with the new resolutions... There's definitely a charm to the animations, and the little details like the cinematics that play out on your minimap when you select certain buildings or to mark events are welcome... But there's not much here to recommend beyond the rustic medieval design of the game's interface as a whole, which still stands up to some degree despite the game's age. I suppose one bonus of this is that you certainly won't have to worry about upgrading your rig to meet any requirements...



So we're talking about the campaign then! Honestly, the campaign isn't why I ever played this game... But it helps. Particularly on returning to it, I'm surprised at how good the campaign story gets once you get into later sections. This is a simple story of revenge and honour in a historically ambigious version of England. And yet the game does manage to go beyond a simple framework that leads your nameless character from point A to point B to fight Lord C because... Well because Daddy issues. No, it actually manages to create something that you can invest in to an odd degree. Mostly though it's use of larger than life, fun characters.
Your two main advisors are a fun pair of Lords that bounce off each other in a way that's mildly amusing, but it's primarily the villains of the game that get the best moments. The four lords, The Rat, The Snake, The Pig and The Wolf (going by their nicknames) are each clearly defined, given backgrounds and range from freaking hilarious to pathetic to loathsome. The game does a great job throughout of giving you great reason to want to crush these four villains both in and out of gameplay itself, with the dialogue not stopping once your in-game itself. (Apparently medieval Skype calls were a thing. Who knew?)
The voice acting for these parts is... Well, this is going to be the divisive bit. It works for me, in an odd way. But if you've got any kind of ear for actors, you're quickly going to pick up on the fact that there's basically one, maybe two (three at a push) guys voicing EVERYTHING IN THE GAME. And yes, I said guys quite intentionally, as this includes the women. The game, however, appears to be well aware of this deficiency and plays it up for all it's worth (Most notably in the case of the mother's wondering around your keep who let you know how lovely the morning is in their best Monty Python impersonation) with some success. It's a matter of taste, but I find it pretty entertaining, and within the campaign itself it does add a kind of charm to the whole proceedings in regards to the storytelling nature of it's plot.

7/10 (6/10 if you don't appreciate hilarious voice acting.)


Ah. Here we go. This is what it's all about. Simply put, Stronghold is a fantasticly fun RTS. There are a variety of units that serve basic purposes, but the game knows not to go too far with it. When the time of a siege is approaching fast and you only have limited moments to decide whether to split your resources between your economy, your castle walls or your military, it's important that you know exactly what every soldier is there to do. The game does an excellent job of setting up a simple, but useful roster of troops to choose from. Without going into extreme detail here, just be aware that this is one game where zerg swarming the weakest units isn't going to get you very far if you're trying to siege anything beyond a very basic wooden set-up... Not if the defender is at all smart with their pitch and engineer set up, that is...
There are counters to pretty much any unit type, and as of such this often becomes a game of out manouvering your opponent or careful planning rather than sudden quick decisions. The siege mode which is entirely focused on the combat and a single siege (obviously) is certainly more exciting in that sense, but even during battles the game is not a fast-paced affair. It is exciting primarily in the scale and degree of strategy you must deploy to break through seemingly impregnable sets of walls and defences, or ensure that those damn trebutchet don't get set up out of your archers and crossbowmen's range... And if they do, whether it's worth sacrificing your precious few knights in a charge to try and destroy them this early on. All in all, Stronghold is an oddly relaxing game inbetween battles. Every decision matters, but the game's soothing soundtrack and charming graphics, combined with the focus on placement and management over micromanaging and quick reflexes gives it a very laidback feeling compared to a lot of modern RTS installments. If you haven't played a game like this before, this may seem a bit 'off' to begin with, but give it some time and I think you'll soon grow to appreciate it. Unless, of course, you're a twitch gaming junkee that just needs his next fix, in which case why are you even looking at an RTS review? You weirdo. Sheesh.
Oh and I suppose we should talk about replayability. You want to talk about replayability? This game comes out, walks up to most games that talk about replayability and just slaps them across the face and then suplexes them into the corner, screaming like it's Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior's unholy love child. Stronghold's map creator is probably one of it's best features. The base maps themselves within the siege and invasion modes are already great fun, but the map creator allows you to basically do whatever you like, however. It's a standard other RTS games should look to achieve.
If I were to lay any complaints at the floor of Stronghold's gameplay, they would all come from dated limitations. It is possible to flatten the world and look at structure layout by pressing spacebar, which helps make sure that you haven't missed any gaps but camera positioning IS an issue. For the most part, it's fine, but I am now spoilt by modern games that give full use of a camera that allows seemless positioning and zooming. This game allows you to switch between looking at the map from four different directions when you hold down right click and select a compass. And yes, I know that I've been particularly fair on the game given it's age before this point, but this IS the game's one major failing. It's not a big one, honestly, but it's one that should be mentioned. All I can say is, thank god they thought to add in the spacebar option.


Stronghold is a very good game. Have I said that yet? I think I have. Maybe I'll say it again? Yes. Stronghold is a very good game, any limitations it has mostly come down to the game's age, but with this HD remake it's greatest limitations (actually being able to play the damn thing on a modern computer screen) have been fixed. I would HEAVILY recommend it given it's reaonable to the point of criminal price.
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101.3 hrs
Posted: October 13
Classic games are still awesome even years later like this game.
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8.1 hrs
Posted: October 11
Squire - "My Loord, why have you laid waste to the village full of women and children?"

Me - "For the lolz. For teh lolz."

My knights in unison - "For the lolz my lord!"

10/10 would ruin lives again.
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6.6 hrs
Posted: October 10
1h waiting per game
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 9
I tried playing Stronghold as a kid and couldn't ever get into it. As a Command & Conquer kid, I found it too complicated and the combat too inaccessible.
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428.2 hrs
Posted: October 8
A simple game that is fairly old. Its fun, its simple. Its no Age of Empires, but its servicable.
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13.7 hrs
Posted: October 2
Probably the Best by far game in the Stronghold series, reason being is that it has next to no limitations in building compared to its sequel Legends and while its predessecor Crusader was a tad more fast paced, Stronghold 2 provides really great Graphics and A Wonderful Campaign plus many seige Missions to choose from whether your attacking or defending. :) 9/10
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130.0 hrs
Posted: September 27
One of many games of my childhood! 10/10
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