Journey to distant Arabian lands renowned for brave warriors and fearsome weaponry in Stronghold Crusader HD. The highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Stronghold, Crusader throws you into historic battles from the Crusades with fiendish AI opponents, new units, 4 historical campaigns and over 100 unique skirmish missions.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (688 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 31, 2002

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"The highpoint of the castle-building series mixes economy with siege warfare. Some minor UI issues, outdated animations, but great game regardless."
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Journey to distant Arabian lands renowned for brave warriors and fearsome weaponry in Stronghold Crusader HD. The highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Stronghold, Crusader throws you into historic battles from the Crusades with fiendish AI opponents, new units, 4 historical campaigns and over 100 unique skirmish missions.

Story

Relive the historic Crusades as Richard the Lionheart and the Saladin, Sultan of Syria. Lead a determined group of Crusaders, forged by centuries of barbaric warfare, amidst the haze of the desert heat then fight for your freedom as the mighty Saladin.

Stronghold Crusader HD features several campaigns documenting the First, Second and Third Crusades, as well as conflicts within the individual Crusader states. Battles such as Nicea, Heraclea, siege of Antioch, Krak des Chevaliers and the Siege of Jerusalem all feature, as do the Crusader Trails from the Stronghold Warchest and Stronghold Crusader Extreme.

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.

Both Stronghold Crusader and Stronghold Crusader Extreme are included in Stronghold Crusader HD. Extreme plays exactly like the original Stronghold Crusader, only with a few additions. The unit cap has been increased from 1000 to a staggering 10,000 troops, special Tactical Powers such as the Arrow Volley can be used and new buildings make their appearance alongside the Crusader Extreme skirmish trail.

Features
  • Join the Crusaders or the Saladin’s forces in 4 historical campaigns.
  • Fight through 100 unique skirmish missions, each one more challenging than the last.
  • Design and build your desert fortress, with a working economy and brutal killing zones.
  • Command new units with unique abilities, such as the stealthy Assassin and nimble Horse Archer.
  • 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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium® III 500 mhz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB DirectX 8.1 Compatible
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 8.1 Compatible
    • Additional Notes: GameRanger software will be installed for mutiplayer matchmaking support
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
136.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Feel the satisifaction of building your own castle while at the same time demolishing someone else's.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
The best strategy game of all time. It promises a lot of fun for sure. Very recommended to buy.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Sequel to Stronghold, even greater medieval/historicyl strategy/economy game with high replay value.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
''Your popularity is falling'' ♥♥♥♥.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
i wish i could snapshot my 200 archer 100 crusader rush. but im going to probably get like 500 archers before i go. let 100 watch the base in towers and wall it while the game keeps telling you "feel the power" and keep clicking those buttons destroy destroy dez troy. i will. thats the game.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Ok before you take a look at my hours i had played this game since i was 5 and this game freakin rocks
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
What’s not to love about building your own castle and slaying all who oppose you with Crusaders. The only bad thing that I can say about Stronghold Crusader is that you have to use Game Ranger to play Multiplayer instead of the in game Multiplayer. However playing Skirmish on your own is just as much fun. One of the best RTS’ that I have played, I highly recommend that you add this game to your cart immediately.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I grew up playing this game. From the time I was 6, I was already done with the Historical Campaign and the Crusader Missions. But then, around when I was 10, I let my friend borrow it. This was a mistake. He lost it less than a day after I gave it to him. I was so disappointed. I checked Wal-Marts, GameStop... I wanted that game back so badly! I was so desperate ot find a way to get it back. Then, it hit me; Steam is a place for (almost) all games! I searched up, "Stronghold Crusader" and was shocked to find out there was even more Crusaders to be offered! I got a $20 Steam Card and purchased 2 Stronghold Crusader games. I got one for my self, and the other for my friend, Ethan. We enjoy playing it!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
55.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Play it for a boner and money
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
If you have played this game and liked it, you will probably agree that this game is just a "QUIIIICK MARCH" away from becomming one of the most celebrated castle builders of the early 2000's.

If you haven't tried it: I highly recommend this game for anyone who wants to get into the Stronghold franchise since it's the last game before the unnecessary micromanaging started, making you responsible for your citizens crap being placed in a pile rather than right in front of their door(I'm not kidding).

Finally, if you have tried it didn't like it(or hated it), why did you bother reading this review?
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
After completing Stronghold Crusader, I purchased Stronghold Crusader 2 but have been quite dissapointed with the gameplay. FireFly studios have tried their best to appeal to the die hard fans of the series as well as use graphics to appeal to new customers... hence why I ended up coming back and Purchasing the HD edition of the original as this way I get an extra 30 missions to play for a small price which I would reccomend for any fan of the series.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Easily my favorite childhood game and I cannot wait until the second one comes out. You can easily spend 500+ hours in this game as every game is different. There are a ton of maps varrying from 2 to 8 players. There is about 10 enemies that you can change the difficulty of. You can change how the teams work. its possible to make it 7 friendlies verse one baddy or 7 baddies against you.
If you love strategy games, this is a must have!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Old but gold!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
10/10 would burn things again
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
This game is fun. You get to manage and build alot of stuff. However, it is not as fun as Dota though.
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
it wont open it says alredy one instance running
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8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
good game, the original was released around 2002. much better than Stronghold Crusader 2 and 3
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226 of 274 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
pro:
- hours of entertainment
- childhood memories
- better than any other strategy game released in the last few years
- can be played with a friend (hamachi, etc.)
- hd version

con:
- pretty obvious but: you're gonna hate this game if you don't like strategy games
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125 of 154 people (81%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
I used to play this game when I was younger, then I found out steam had it. It's still as good as it was years ago. If you like RTS games, this is one of the best.
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