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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Overwhelmingly Positive (222 reviews) - 99% of the 222 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,911 reviews) - 94% of the 1,911 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 19, 2001

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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.



Wield greater control over your army than ever before with new high resolution graphics! 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Stronghold is the game of my childhood. A little niche compared to others out there, but it brought together so many facets of components I enjoyed in other games together (RollerCoaster Tycoon, Caesar III, Age of Empires). It would take until I discovered the Total War series(and I was pretty late on that train) to find a game that surpassed it.The city planning, economic micromanagement, castle building and war making all in one delighful package. It's got some great classic British humour, with some very memorable adversaries in The Rat, The Snake, The Pig and The Wolf, and its amazing just how much playing against each of them corresponded to the impression their heraldry gave. What really sealed the deal for me, and why i kept coming back to this game, was its editor and the community that spawned from it. Extremely powerful and flexible, the sheer amount of incredible content kept me scrawling through dedicated forums for the game for years. It stands the test of time incredibly well, both aesthetically and from a gameplay perspective. If I'd had a steam tracker on it back in the day it would probably be my most played by a considerable margin.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Still the best Castle Sim money can buy. Even its own sequels couldn't surpass it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
This is Story! Stronghold with new HD graphics .

Awesome game!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Juegazo, y lamentablemente hasta el dia de la fecha sigue siendo mejor que todos los que salieron despues, junto con el crusader.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
"'Ere comes Bessy!"

Seriously this game has so much charm and and the voice acting alone makes it. It's so quotable, and you'll start seeing references to it everywhere. It's easily worth the money they're giving it for. Shame the newest ones are awful.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
This game wished me a merry christmas and a happy new year, as well as it reminded me that my gaming sessions are too long.
If this doesn't speak for me and my social life, at least it shows, how many details went into the production of this game.
Instant classic and a perfect start for a now totally ruined series.
(Crusader excluded)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Stronghold amazed me when I first played it as a kid 15 years ago, and at this day it still does. It just has it all: a detailed ecosystem, accurate mechanics, beautiful graphics, a challenging campaign, full customization, multiplayer and more. This perfect game will always be special for me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Good old taste of THE PEOPLE IS LOVE YOU MY LORD.
PS: flying cows are for free
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
i have been playing this game since i was a small child and no rts game has come close since. graphics are not great but they aged in an inoffensive manor. the perfect example of easy to learn difficult to master.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Can't place that there m'lord
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cyberfly
799.7 hrs
Posted: December 5
Product received for free
funny game that i can recommend to others. nice to play
though sometimes the game has nasty tricks in it.
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Alfa199
0.5 hrs
Posted: December 4
I played this game from disk many many years ago, and it's just as much fun now as it used to be. While it does kinda suck that the online servers are no longer supported, it's still a nice game to relax to. Just don't relax to much, the enemy have a habit of sending forces at you really early to destroy your economy and screw you over, but that just makes destroying them all the sweeter.
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rashaverak
2.8 hrs
Posted: December 4
repetitive
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House M.D
0.3 hrs
Posted: December 2
Ye get it.
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✿Milky✿
14.7 hrs
Posted: December 1
Looking for a game that offers both a great main story, multiple individual missions to test your skills at juggling both strategy and economics of your hold? Want a game that offers all that and still allows you to create your own maps or build your very own hold where there's no restrictions? This just might be the game for you.

Stronghold, an older game that still holds up to the test of time.

This game is one of those gems you tend to find from the older PC gaming days and it combines perfectly strategy and managment all while creating your own personalized hold, most of the time. Its main story is rather fun and challenging, and sometimes it's really fun just to keep replaying the same mission over and over to see if you can do better.

It's interesting to me to see just how far the game has come, having been followed by Stronghold Crusader up to even Stronghold Crusader Extreme and Stronghold 3. To make so many games off this says something and while I haven't the chance to play the other games, I can see why there are so many sequels. It's a great managment game that puts you back in time to where knights roamed and Kings ruled.

Back when I found this game I was skeptical, but I the older graphics and play style reminded me of other games I loved so I gave it a shot and well here I am reviewing it!

10/10 "can't place that there m'lord"
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JOE4730
8.7 hrs
Posted: December 1
Stronghold I is always the best
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RADIUS
7.6 hrs
Posted: December 1
very good rts , buy cheap
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20.4 hrs
Posted: November 29
Good one
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Gloky54
26.7 hrs
Posted: November 28
Brilliant game, I have played it for years. there is something about this game that Firefly could never quite get with any of the other games in the stronghold series (though, most of them are still fun).
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