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 (671 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/reg;: DirectX 9.0c (included) or higher
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.9 hrs on record
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...
Posted: October 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
147.9 hrs on record
such an amazing game. I remember playing this when i was alittle kid i loved this game so much.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
This one is SO much better than the newer Strongholds!
Posted: October 18
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Can't place that there Mi'lord
Posted: October 11
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Will not Play on windows 8. Community stated that there was a compatibility tab in properties to fix it. No compatibility tab found. still unable to play. So do not recommend untill clear fix is avalible for window 8 machines.
Posted: October 3
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Does not support 1360x768 8.( I hope it will in the future
Posted: October 6
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0 of 11 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
This game doesnt have a skirmish mode, only campaign and sieges. Dont buy unless that is what you want.
Posted: September 27
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27.8 hrs on record
Together with Stronghold Crusader, the best castle simulator out there. And it will probably stay like that for next few years. Visually it has barely aged. Graphics are vibrant, the castle feels alive, economy is solid, warfare is great, voice acting is pretty amazing and the best thing about this game. Soundtrack. That amazing sound of middle ages. It's believable, it's catchy, it's spectacular. Everyone should have played this game at least once in their PC gaming career.
Posted: October 10
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8.9 hrs on record
Beware the rabbits' scourge
Posted: October 3
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35.8 hrs on record
It's good.
Posted: September 29
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4.1 hrs on record
I must apologize beforehand that this technically a review of this entire series as recently I've aquired nearly all of them, loved them by playing in chronological order 1-current and then it started with Stronghold Legends, a stripped down version of Strong Hold 2. There were no real city/castle functions that to me were essential. Such as feasting in the hall, Jousting, Lady's chamber, and so on. There wasn't any at all. No crime and punishment system, just decorations like gallows and heads on poles and such that only is cosmetic in the game itself and not an essential function like in SH2 you would build a courthouse/dungeon-then guard posts-criminals commit crimes-guards arrest them and bring to courthouse-sentence carried out, sent to torturer's to be tortured. Now in the first few games of the series I know that the crime and punishment was not a system and purely cosmetic but my problem was SH1-didn't have it SH2-got it and SH3 gold-dropped it again! That was not the only problem though.Then we got the SH legends and Crusader- with out it Firefly is still not done dumbing down the greatest part of the game. Believe me SH2 is the highlight of the entire series as far as I am concerned that was good and very fun to mod. But it's like a pizza place in town, if the pizza isn't that great it doesn't matter because its the only pizza place in town. That sums up the Stronghold series in general which when it has it's moments I really love and adored but the ugly truth is developer is failing miserably and does not have the first clue about what went right in their early years of sucess and the recent releases impending doom as they keep making promises they don't live up to. Then leave it unfinished but release it anyways. They insult my intelligence by removing the crime and punishment system, gong system, rat system for better graphics. They severely screwed up the map editor in SH3 which to me is unusable and painfully stupid, as is and I was a freakin' pro at editing maps in SH2! So buyer beware! If hardcore fans of the game (and I am one of them) lose respect for a series and developer like I have then trust me. SH2 and earlier are the jewels of the series. SH3-FAIL SHLegends-FAIL SH3GOLD-EPIC FAIL! SHCrusader II-FAIL same broken logic as SH3Gold. Then there are the glitches, bugs, lags, poor AI, cardboard like wall strength that I was like okay well in SH2 it was a bit more acceptable but by SH3Gold rolled around they should have had their stuff together, but no. Sadly they did not. I await the release that is SH2 with more added to it and nothing taken away plus the good 3d graphics and day night cycle. Did I mention in SH3 Gold your castle's residents get upset when it rains? At you, really at you; that is as if every medieval Lord ran the weather too (der dee der) I guess since there is no more gong to cleanup because in SH3 Gold they don't go to the bathroom, they had to gve them something to be upset about! I only recommend buying SH2.
Posted: October 1
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5.4 hrs on record
A posterchild for Good Old Games. If you haven't played this game yet, pick it up and enjoy the OG fortress builder.
Posted: September 27
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2.4 hrs on record
If you like games, this is a game.
Posted: September 27
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15.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 12
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3.5 hrs on record
The only downside of this game is that you finish it very quicky.

10/10
Posted: October 6
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9.3 hrs on record
Being one of the gems of my childhood, you can imagine how surprised and excited I was to see this series pop up in the steam store. For those unfarmiliar, Stronghold is a sort of economy based midevail RTS. Esentially, you are given a set of different scenarios in which you have to use the resources in the varying enviorments you are given. Sometimes, these enviornments will help you get an advantage to your enemy - you may be located close to trees, which will allow you to get a quick start on building many essential things, such as food and weapon producing buildings. Otherwise, you may be given a disadvantage at times and being able to make do with what you have can make victory all the more satisfying.

In Stronghold, you need to think carefully about how you spend your resources. On one hand, it will be important to build a barracks so you can hold a strong and ready militia to defend against your enemy's forces. On the other hand, in order to raise a decent army, you need to keep your peasants happy and in your castle. This requires keeping your grainary stocked with food, being able to have enough industrial buildings to build farms to keep peasants fed, and other mechanics.

To be victorious, you have to carefully plan out your divison of resources - it is equally important to keep your peasants populous and happy and to have a strong defence to wane off enemy attacks, as one good strike can land a once prosperous land in ruins, and you very vulnerable to further attacks. All in all, I would strongly recommend Stronghold to anybody new to the RTS genre. RTS veterans would probably enjoy playing this one, too. There's nothing quite as satisfying as surviving a seige and being able to crush your enemy in a few swift blows.
Posted: October 6
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2.9 hrs on record
Suddenly i feel 10 again - aww the nostalgia
Posted: October 7
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