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 (1,340 reviews) - 93% of the 1,340 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 19, 2001

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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
87 of 94 people (93%) found this review helpful
36 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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181 of 243 people (74%) found this review helpful
232 people found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2015
I had built beautiful castle and settlement. Then I built bunch of war dogs cages in the middle of city. Then I released the dogs. Then I watched my entire population, every man, woman, child and soldier got decimated by hundreds of animals.

Would create dogpocalypse again.

10/10
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127 of 173 people (73%) found this review helpful
172 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
"Wood needed"

10/10
wood need again
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43 of 46 people (93%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
I've played Stronghold 2 and Stronghold Legends and immensely enjoyed playing them both, but I have to say that this game is better than each of them. I love the fact that you have to balance your economy, military and population satisfaction in order to have a succesful town, which makes it way more interesting. I don't have any major problems with the game, although 'The Rat' (from the campaign) is annoying as hell. I haven't got onto the mission where you (hopefully) kill him but when I do I am going to go to town.
9.9/10
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
Old but Gold! This game is indeed one of the best castle simulators of the old time. If you are into medival stuff, then this is what you are looking for!
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