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: Very Positive (655 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 Some minor UI issues, outdated animations, but great game regardless."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
Helpful customer reviews
226 of 273 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
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
Posted: June 21
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124 of 153 people (81%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 1
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71 of 92 people (77%) found this review helpful
77.0 hrs on record
This game is worth every single penny, my lord!
Posted: July 9
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
81.3 hrs on record
Old 2D strategy games got better graphics than new 3D strategy games.
Posted: May 9
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
OUR FOOD STOCKS ARE DWINDLING, MY LIEGE.
Posted: July 10
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170 of 180 people (94%) found this review helpful
61.9 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 28, 2013
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