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 (1,336 reviews) - 94% of the 1,336 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
Helpful customer reviews
65 of 67 people (97%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
If anyone ever asked me what was my favorite game as a kid, it would be Stronghold Crusader hand down. Today I keep it on steam to leave my old disc on the shelf as a momento of my childhood. SC is a classic with the perfect balance of light hearted castle sim charm and rts combat. Ive dumped easily 1000 hours into random skirmish matches against the ai lords over the years and this is one game that I can always turn back to at any time to pass 20 minutes to 2 hours and always have a good time. Learning how to balance your economy to support troop creation has a very mild learning curve but it takes time to master but yet is simple enough for even a 1st grader to learn as I did when I first started playing this game in 2001.

This game has aged exceptionally well and still has an active multiplayer community because anyone that ever took a bite of this game knows just how good it really is. I strongly reccommend this game to add to your collection as an old fan or a newby looking for a new toy to reignite your passion for gaming all over again. Overall, I would rate this title 11/10 as it really is a unicorn in the PC gaming realm. Thank you
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64 of 69 people (93%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
Greetings Sir, the desert awaits you.

1. Game of my childhood.
2. Best RTS game I ever played.
3. Wood needed.
4. Not enough gold m'lord.


nahnufihemathick/10

Retire my lord?
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39 of 49 people (80%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2015
"Retire my lord?"
Me- Ok another game.(plays for 6 hrs)

100/10- IGN
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
This childhood game is absolutely worth the money and the new resolutions truely make the experience more fun. but be warned that the AI is still lacking any challenge and does unecassary things at times.
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2015
CAN'T PLACE THAT THERE, M'LORD!!!
10/10 would try to place it there again.
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