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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.
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.


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.

  • 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

    • OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Pentium® III 500 mhz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 4MB DirectX 8.1 Compatible
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 850 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 8.1 Compatible
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125 of 127 people (98%) found this review helpful
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46 reviews
19.7 hrs on record
The game from my childhood and one of the best RTS games I've ever played. Even if you don't like the genre / aren't familiar with it, you should like Stronghold Crusader. It's simple to understand, yet fun and challenging.
Firefly Studios, please, don't ♥♥♥♥ up Stronghold Crusader II.
Posted: October 28th, 2013
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
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5 reviews
16.2 hrs on record
One of the first installments in the Stronghold series. An epic strategy game, with poor graphics that are made up for in amazing gameplay. You battle in the campaign or the trial series or just skirmish. You can have amazing battles with other players or AIs. Tons of different maps and a map builder that allows you to do anything. Great fps, and no crashes. I love this game, and if you like a good strategy game, you'll love this to.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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66 of 92 people (72%) found this review helpful
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7 reviews
4.8 hrs on record
This is the game that unlocked in me the creative drive to pen erotic fan-fictions set in historical time frames. What began as a subtle, but highly erotic and mind-opening series of short stories has now become a career of mine. This game is the reason I'm making the big bucks with manuscripts like "Lionheart Shows His Richard" and "INside Saladin". I am in the process of my first screenplay "What Needs... "Doing", Milord?" and can say whole-heartedly that if this game can unlock even a fraction of that innate creative drive, then it is worth every penny.

Posted: November 25th, 2013
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
71.4 hrs on record
This game is a classic, I remember playing the demo sometime back in like, early 2002...? Can't really remember, but even today it holds great quality for a game this old. Graphics are obviously quite dated, but considering that the game was acctualy released in 2002 they arn't THAT bad, infact they are quite impressive and back in 2002 they were most likely very high standards. The gameplay is excellent, watching battles between 2 factions are just incredible. 500-600 men fighting for victory.

The AI is smart and very, very different depening on which settings you play on. Some AI are REALLY slow whilst others are REALLY fast. This is both good and bad but it will keep you entertained for a good time. What makes this game so entertaining is that you must always keep your economy, troop producment, and other vital producments above your opponent. If not, you will most likely lose.

The only REAL flaw with this game is that it has ♥♥♥♥loads of glitches, and the AI can sometime get stuck when they build their castle.

Posted: November 28th, 2013
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
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235.1 hrs on record
Stronghold: Crusader is an RTS (real time strategy) game based in the Middle East during the Crusades, namely mainly in the third. Some parts of the game, however, take place before that. It's a kind of extension of the game Stronghold, which Crusader in many aspects resembles, but Stronghold is set in medieval England.

Stronghold: Crusader is Stronghold enriched with new mechanics, the most famous of these is the Skirmish mode, the heart of the game. It is a mode in which each player or computer opponent has one base each on a map and they must develop, market, prosper and build castles and defense. Since all players are on one map, they can interact with each other, whether it's positively or negatively. Allies can trade with each other, defend each other and attack together. The game goal is most of the time to kill all the enemy Lords and not die in the process. The game balances the economy and the war very well. The player must develop their economy through taxes, food rations, trade and so on. They must seek to balance their popularity to not become unpopular, because in that case it people will begin to leave the castle and will severely halt the player's progress. If the player has a good economy, he can take up making a great army, which are usually quite costly. This way the game balances the economy and the war, and I like it. You should think about your tactics and castle management a bit, otherwise you go to your knees, whether you like it or not.

The main objectives of the game itself are the 2 Skirmish trails. They consist of a number of consecutive Skirmishes. In each mission the player has certain enemies, sometimes allies, a set map and everyone's position on it, and a set amount of money and resources. There is 16 PC enemies altogether and about 80 maps (citation needed), so with such diversity there is also an option to play your own game, where the player chooses the map, their allies and adversaries as well as everyone's money and resources. Computer opponents are also quite diverse: 6 Arab and 10 Crusader leaders, each of whom has different castles, different tactics, different personalities, and there's a lot to the game to keep you interested long enough.

In addition to Skirmish trails, one can play historical campaigns. They're based on specific historical periods and events during the Crusades. They are there to teach the player the game. The first campaign teaches the fundamentals of the economy, defense and siege. The second campaign teaches the player how to use unique Arab units. The third campaign the player learns to defend themselves against them, and the fourth campaign is already full-on Skirmish mode. In the first three campaigns the player doesn't have the Skirmish mode freedom because they either defend against attacks at certain intervals, while trying to achieve some goal (Defend Antioch! Gather 300 loaves of bread!, and the like), while they often don't have access to all buildings - or they get a certain number of soldiers with which to conquer a city. This is exactly why a lot of people find these campaigns boring, tedious and difficult. In a sense they are right. These campaigns are fine, but cumbersome unlike the rest of the game. The game also includes a mode of free castle building without enemies, map editor and LAN multiplayer for 8 players.

Crusader Extreme added a bar of (super)powers, which fills up slowly and over time unlocks the abilities for your use - such as rain of arrows or rocks on a specific place on the map. It also added military outposts - buildings that relatively slowly generate troops for free. This allows all PC adversaries to be stronger than normal - for example the Rat, the weakest adversary, suddenly gets a huge army of swordsmen, pikemen, horse archers and seven catapults - and they're coming for you!

Overall, I think that Stronghold: Crusader is an excellent game. Fun and fast paced with minor weak points and bugs, which can be overlooked. 9/10

PS: The Steam version doesn't cooperate with Steam firefly fix pls
Posted: October 27th, 2013
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