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.

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 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
Helpful customer reviews
261 of 275 people (95%) found this review helpful
76 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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86 of 92 people (93%) found this review helpful
49 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.

CAN'T PLACE THAT THERE M'LORD
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55 of 57 people (96%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Greetings, sire! Your stronghold awaits you!

If you already played game from stronghold series, this is where you learn who is Rat, Pig, Snake, Wolf.
Your strategic skills will increase playing this game. (This doesn't mean that you can use catapults to destroy someone's house though)

Now let's talk about gameplay:
1. Try not to panic when you hear: "People are leaving the castle"
2. Try not to rage when you hear: "Wood needed"
3. Try not to rage when you hear: "Gold needed"
4. Try not to rage when you hear: "Stone needed"
5. Try not to rage when you hear: "More wood is needed"
6. Try not to rage when you hear: "More gold is needed"
7. Try not to rage when you hear: "More stone is needed"
8. You will learn arabic.

I recommend this game, you'll love it. 10/10
Retire M'Lord?
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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
320.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
Was great game when it first came out. Spent a lot of time on it. Just got it again and let's just say... 300+ hours into it again. Love this game.
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Stronghold is the best castle building sim there ever has been or ever will be. Follow an epic storyline as you liberate the country from its evil overlords and avenge your father! Go on missions from gathering gold, building castles, or destroying an enemy fortress! Get your resources going by building wood workers and stone quarries. Don't forget to feed your peasents! Build lots of wheat... An Dairy! Once your village is established begin constructing war material and hire archers and swordsmen! Keep your plebes in line by building Galleys to frighten them or build ale and an inn to keep them happy (and drunk)! From there, onward! After winning the campaign you can go into custom mode, build your own unique map with trees, mountains, vallyes, and rivers and set up events for it such as droughts, wolf attacks, travelling merchants, and invasions to test your skill! This great game should be in everyones library! As this is an older game in the series I would recommend this game at $5.

"Excuse me sire, but you haven't slept in days!"

Rating: 5/5 - Excellent
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