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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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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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
3.4 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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1.0 hrs
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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26.3 hrs
Posted: September 13
Very good game
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57.7 hrs
Posted: September 10
Product received for free
I was glad to download a HD version of this game, as I played it in it original glory, and this version runs well and looks great in window 10. I always thought the maps were to small, but that's the challege, building up ones force, economy, resources, base expansion etc in cramped areas. General fun with headaches on the way, but never give battle again until you achieve victory
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The Fuckin' Green Bastard
0.7 hrs
Posted: September 8
This game is pure gold.
You won't be disappointed.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
23 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
This game has given me so many hours of fun, originally bought as a none HD version and on a DVD (remember them?) So I had to buy it to have in my collection as the DVD is gathering dust somewhere in my house. Such a beautiful game with a classic style of graphics and a great atmosphere. Just one of those games that will never be replicated by any amount of 3D visuals and modern effects that Firefly continue to create. It holds a certain charm all of its own and undoubtadly one of fireflys best crowning titles to date. They have tried to revise the formula but always end up falling short by a country mile. Which is a shame as this is such a unique game.

Basically you build castles in order to protect your Lord from dying at the hands of other Lords. Depending which game mode you play but ultimately you will play the Campaign, the main core of the game. In order to do this you are required to support a community by sourcing building materials and food stocks. Different types of food are more quickly accessible but others have longevity but are more difficult to produce and require more input to get the supply lines off the ground. You also need to build weapons and weapons systems to aid you in Defence as well as attack. As once you establish a stable economy and food supply you will be required to move onto Vanquishing your Foe. Who vary from 'The Rat' 'The Pig' through to 'the Wolf', all who hold different tactics and means to plague you or even destroy you.

You can also choose which way to rule, a caring ruler or a cruel ruler. Enforce taxes to increase your coffers..the heavier the tax obviously the more unhappy the people become. To the point they will just leave your settlement. You can sweetnen the deal though by laying gardens or placing entertainment to take the peoples mind off being fleeced of all their hard earned. A nice trick to really squeezing all you can from them is to get them hammered on booze, then crank up the taxes and watch the gold flow in to aid your war machine. Alteratively you can dot the odd gallows around the place or cages to remind the people what will happen if they do not comply. This has a negative effect though.

The scribe feeds back on your orders and it is funny to lisen to him, 'Bit much these taxes' The voice acting is awesome, the best in the series...the artwork is superb too, all the little illustrations in the books etc. Really well done, it seems furture incarnations of the game have become diluted in this retrospect.

Anyway it is a brilliant game, looking it's age now but like a fine wine holds it's own against the younger newer kids on the block. A true classic in every sense of the word.
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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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292 of 308 people (95%) found this review helpful
87 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
265 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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382 of 477 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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97 of 102 people (95%) 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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92 of 98 people (94%) found this review helpful
56 people found this review funny
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
The nostalgia is real. Still a great game after all these years.

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