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: Very Positive (964 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 Some minor UI issues, outdated animations, but great game regardless."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
103 of 104 people (99%) found this review helpful
9 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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110 of 133 people (83%) found this review helpful
7 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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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
*in a creepy voice* "Feel... the power..."
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44 of 59 people (75%) 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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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
211.0 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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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Old but gold!
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Wood Needed
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13 of 13 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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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Even though I only have 2.3 hrs on record in Steam. I bought this game on the disk (yes disk) around 10-11 years ago when it came out.

The online scene was buzzing and me and up to 6 friends used to constantly skirmish on Gamespy Arcade. Now Gamespy is dead, you can only play another player through the IP option which is a little fiddly, but it is doable.

The AI in this game is pretty good and you dont need to play humans to be challenged. The game is a timeless gem and I would recomend it to anyone. Crusader is by far the best in the series. Stronghold 1 is great is your playing the campaign. But I wouldn't go any further down the line than that, Firefly studios went down hill.

If your in to top down stratergy games, this game is amazing. I'd advise you watch Total Biscuits video on it, he explains it very well.

Go buy it, then contact me on steam if you want a game or a co-op partner! :D
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
38.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Stronghold Crusader HD

This game brings back memories of spending hours building up a castle and an army, and then just destroying everyone else.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Hours of Endless Fun
  • Can be a slow peaceful game (if you want)
  • Can be a fast aggressive game (if you want)
  • Design your castle to how ever you want
  • Make you own map, and then play it

Cons

  • Hours of time wasted
  • Your partner will hate you for playing this game
  • Cant really zoom out enough to see the whole map (but there is a mini map)

But other than that i give it a 10/10

And if you've not played this game before and fancy a spoiler see below

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:) Enjoy the game.

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97 of 166 people (58%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
after 12 years.
still fun.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
This was my first game !

Back in the days i played it on my Pentium 3 computer :D and those days i did,t even had internet !

after ending the story i played skrimish again and again everyday :D and i still play this game sometimes with my friends bcoz its awesome :D

10/10






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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
They dont make games like this anymore.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Great game. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
A great classic RTS
8/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
123.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
VGG
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Build a castle, let my people starve, feel like Sherrif of Nottingham. 11/10 would let starve again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
in time of war,, people dont need food,, they need beer...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
This game is the GREATEST castle sim of all time. I started playing it long before steam was even a thing, and have loved it every minute since. This game offers several gamemodes, which with out just one, or one of them is even slightly altered, this game would be very different. The graphics are not the greatest, being created in the early 2000's, but that is beside the point. Some of the gamemodes include: Castle Building(Very Peaceful), Two Campaign trails(Begins Easy, becomes harder down the trail), Your 'average joe' multiplayer(Play against AI or even Players *Hard to play with other players) You can create maps for multiplayer. You can 'relive' several great battles of the crusade. Many different types of units. If you buy this game, you receive Stronghold Crusader Extreme, which increases the amount of units, more AI, more campaign trails, and even more replay value. If you have not bought, you SHOULD buy it rightnow. I recommend this game, with a rating of 9.7/10
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