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 (944 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
137 of 174 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
Can't place that there Mi'lord
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102 of 129 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Wood needed
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53 of 57 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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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
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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37 of 49 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
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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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
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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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
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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36 of 57 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Retire my lord?
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
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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10 of 11 people (91%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
158.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
such an amazing game. I remember playing this when i was alittle kid i loved this game so much.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
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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15 of 27 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
OUR GRANARY STOCKS ARE GROWING SIRE!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Unique RTS. Think Age of Empires II but with more in depth economic/building system, and slightly more effective siege units. Sank an absurd number of hours in already, and well worth the low price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Wood needed! 10/10-Nostalgia
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10 of 18 people (56%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Great game. The graphics are dated, but the resource management and castle building mechanics are years ahead of its time (and still stand up today). The storyline is complete cheese, but you'll forgive that by the time you get to your first castle siege.
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