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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (857 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 Some minor UI issues, outdated animations, but great game regardless."
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About This Game

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
143 of 169 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
"This game requires skilled engineers to play, m'lord!"
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66 of 74 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
164.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
Feel the satisifaction of building your own castle while at the same time demolishing someone else's.
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51 of 54 people (94%) found this review helpful
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
*****
5 out of 5

The gaming equivalent of heaven.

Stronghold Crusader is a castle building strategy game. Whether you like castles or medieval times is irrelevant, if you like strategy games you will adore this game.

Coming off the successful 2001 hit Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader removes and improves elements of its predecessor to galore the public with a map editor and a skirmish mode, however for newcomers a game tutorial is sadly not available.
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Much better than Stronghold Crusader 2, unfortunately..
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31 of 37 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
The gaming equivalent of heaven.

Stronghold Crusader is a castle building strategy game. Whether you like castles or medieval times is irrelevant, if you like strategy games you will adore this game.

Coming off the successful 2001 hit Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader removes and improves elements of its predecessor to galore the public with a map editor and a skirmish mode, however for newcomers a game tutorial is sadly not available.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Another great classic among strategy games.

Definately worth looking for Medieval History enthusiasts, Age of Empires players and generally everyone that's looking forward to a well done Castle Building (quite similar to city building with a military approach) Strategy Real-Time game.
The style makes this very unique.
The music speaks for a lot, with authentic and faithfully created Arab flutes, the desert everywhere!

It's really worth it, even if the "HD" doesn't look as great as some other remakes - it works great and that's all that I personally could ask for, as there isn't that much to improve here really aside from issues with launching the game.
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
PITCH needed
STONE NEEDED
not 'nough wood m'lord

Even though this game is old as ♥♥♥♥ its still better than the majority of new(er) strategies
10/10
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
11/10.I have played this game since i was little,still love it.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
This game is:

10% luck
20% skill
15% concentrated power of will
5% pleasure
50% pain
100% reason to purchase this game
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67 of 113 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
189.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Awesome game. Much better than Stronghold Crusader 2! If you like strategy games in medieval age then this is the game for you!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Be sure to Google the "Stronghold Crusader Heaven" website. They have a large number of scenarios and utilities (like scenario unlockers) for this product. The unlocker also allows you to edit existing scenarios, which is almost a must-do for most people to have a chance to win the tough Extreme scenarios.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
53.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
The best strategy game of all time. It promises a lot of fun for sure. Very recommended to buy.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
*in a creepy voice* "Feel... the power..."
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
I've learned that people don't need food when they have enough beer
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Wood Needed
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Old but gold!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
feel the power one of my fav games my childhood
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
brillliant game and still gets updates amazing
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
159.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
FEEL THE POWER.
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