The highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader HD throws you into historic battles and castle sieges from the Crusades with fiendish AI opponents, new units, 4 historical campaigns and over 100 unique skirmish missions.
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Very Positive (1,718 reviews) - 94% of the 1,718 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 31, 2002

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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 XP/Vista/7/8/10 with latest service packs
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.6Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB DirectX 8.1 Compatible
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 850 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 8.1 Compatible
    • Additional Notes: GameRanger software will be installed for mutiplayer matchmaking support
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Mr. Zquiggle
16.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
A classic RTS game
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Killersteele
2.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
WOOD NEEDED
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[Linux] ABOY
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
One of my all-time favourites.
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f4!L
91.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
If you love strategy games this will be the perfect game for you, because you have the opportunity to build up your own empire and plan how to eliminate your enemy. I would say Oldie but Goldie. :D Cheers!
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CGM
29.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
Made in 2002 but still the best castle / medieval RTS that you can buy, would love for a new modern version with match making and ranking like Starcraft, that would be sick
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Commissar Emil
10.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
Came because a friend wanted me to try it, stood because of the map creator.
I'm not going to review the game in terms of functionality, as it is vastly known that this game is a gem. Period.
Instead, I'm going to review the beauty of the game that are the Crusader Matches:
Usually called "Skirmish mode", these matches are what made lovable the game in the first place, and which lack made Stronghold 3 unpopular.
The single-player campaign is nice if you like the crusades (no ♥♥♥♥ Sherlock, why otherwise would you have bought the game in the first place?) but is nothing compared to the narrative of the first game.
You'll get very soon tired of the desert and its sands. When that time comes, go to the Map Creator, and fill it with grass and thick scrub, put a river in the middle and a lot of olive trees around.
I made an entire campaign with the map creator for a friend, with costumized scenarios and landscapes, we had a ot of fun, I want more people to have this fun.
Do yourself a favour, buy this game.

GameRanger is mandatory if you want to play in multiplayer.
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Vixick
2.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
What you will hear upon playing for the first time:

Can't place that there m'lord.
Not enough wood m'lord.
Wood needed.
Wood stocks are too low, Sire.
Stone needed.
Wood needed.
Stone stocks are too low, Sire.
Wood needed.
Not enough change in the treasury m'lord.
Wood needed.
Your popularity, is falling.
Wood needed.
You are the second greatest lord.
Wood needed.
We are under attack!
Wood needed.
"My plans worked PERfectly! You are no MATCH for me."
Wood needed.

When you start out, you will be beaten by the easiest AI in the game most likely, The Rat. But once you get the hang of how to play, this game is full of strategy and fun.

Wood needed/10
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Yours Truly, Trump.
65.1 hrs
Posted: August 21
*Starts game with a friend.*

Scribe: Cant place that there m'lord!

Friend: I can place where ever the hell i want, doucheface.

Me: *Dying of laughter*
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Not Wudde
12.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
Best game ever, just as goods as i remembered
10/10 would play again
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Nabonassar
25.8 hrs
Posted: August 19
I am so very happy that I rolled the dice and bought this game. I love stratagy games and this one is a peach. That it was on sale at the time only makes me all the more happy. In truth, I'd recommend the game at the current full price of ten bucks. I think I'll be playing this one for a good long time.

There is a steep learning curve and I got pretty frustrated at first. I'd suggest you watch a play through or two if you don't like getting stomped. The AI isn't the brightest, at least not on the earliest missions (the ones I'm on as of this review), but that's probably for the best. I'm sure I'd have given up otherwise.
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107 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
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9.5/10 would need wood again
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
if i had 1$ for everytime my adviser told me "wood needed" i wont have to put taxes on me people anymore
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
62.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Oh man ... the nostalgia is so strong :)! 10 / 10
Any advice how to kill my annoying adviser?! "wood needed" my ♥♥♥ :D!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
My friends and I frequently explore new RTS games but we inevitably and invariably return to Crucader. It's a game with soul, and carries my personal recomendation for any fan of good strategy games
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
It's been over ten years since this game came out, and even though the graphics aged, the gameplay, soundtrack and overall feel sure as hell didn't. It's still one of the best RTS games ever made.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
What you will hear upon playing for the first time:

Can't place that there m'lord.
Not enough wood m'lord.
Wood needed.
Wood stocks are too low, Sire.
Stone needed.
Wood needed.
Stone stocks are too low, Sire.
Wood needed.
Not enough change in the treasury m'lord.
Wood needed.
Your popularity, is falling.
Wood needed.
You are the second greatest lord.
Wood needed.
We are under attack!
Wood needed.
"My plans worked PERfectly! You are no MATCH for me."
Wood needed.

When you start out, you will be beaten by the easiest AI in the game most likely, The Rat. But once you get the hang of how to play, this game is full of strategy and fun.

Wood needed/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
91.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
If you love strategy games this will be the perfect game for you, because you have the opportunity to build up your own empire and plan how to eliminate your enemy. I would say Oldie but Goldie. :D Cheers!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Made in 2002 but still the best castle / medieval RTS that you can buy, would love for a new modern version with match making and ranking like Starcraft, that would be sick
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
The game from my childhood. I played this game 11 years ago and i still love this game. I strongly recommend this game! 11/10
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385 of 402 people (96%) found this review helpful
351 people found this review funny
Recommended
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2015
I've learned that people don't need food when they have enough beer
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