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.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (104 reviews) - 99% of the 104 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,542 reviews) - 94% of the 1,542 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
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Hugo Träsktroll
( 26.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Product received for free
One of my favorite games, I played this so much as a kid and I like the new HD version. This is my favorite RTS game ever.
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MD32
( 69.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
This game makes me as happy.... as when i had double rations.
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m.kernahan.mk
( 20.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
This game gets a bad review because the Stronghold series in general sucked and I cannot remember why I deleted this game but I did.
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Jarl Stryker
( 300.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
The time I played this game says it all. I can recommend all of the Stronghold games but Stronghold Crusader is the best one and it was my first PC game when I started 9 years ago.
I played the HD-version on Steam 300 hours in the last 1 1/2 years and uncountable hours before I bought it on Steam.

Pros:
- good price
- 2 Crusades (2x50 missions) and 4 historical campaigns (4x4 missions)
- Multiplayer against or with other players on Game Ranger
- a lot of siege equipment (catapult,ballista,trebuchets etc.) and troops (arabs and crusaders)
- authentic landscapes
- create your own multiplayer maps
- epic music and characters
- better graphics


Cons:
I cannot really find a negative aspect. It is fun to play alone and with friends.
- Maybe it gets boring sometimes, but there is always a reason to play it from time to time.

The game is almost as old as I am and first published for Windows 98, so do not expect too much and just have fun.
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Red Spot
( 180.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Been sleeping under a rock?
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FloridaBlaze
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
The best of all the strongholds and a very old, but still very good game to play.

No other stronghold has even come close to its value.

Mechanics are great, the AI is likeable, and if you haven't played a stronghold, then I'd suggest starting here.

I know it looks difficult and complicated at first glance, but if you put in the time, you'll get addicted for weeks.
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Metul Burr
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Gettinbg a black screen???

From Windows 8/10

It needs windows XP/Windows ME compatibility mode

Right click game in steam -> Properties -> Local Files -> Browse Local Files to quickly navigate to the games directory.

Right click Stronghold.exe -> Properties -> Compatibility -> Change settings for all users -> Check the box "Run this program in compatibility mode for: " and select Windows 98 / Windows Me from the drop down menu.

Check the box "Run in 640 x 480 screen resolution" (you can change this later in game)

Check the box "DIsable display scaling on high DPI settings"

Check the box "Run this program as an administrator"

Apply

I had to do this for each game. For example both SC and SCExtreme, otherwise it would crash on both.
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Hold The Door
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I have played this game for thousands of hours back in the day, it was an amazing game and it definetly still is amazing and still very fun to play even though it's almost 15 years old. It used to be and it still is my favorite RTS of all time.
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CJ
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This game was my childhood. Enough said.
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GepardAttack
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Old but gold! Definitely, brilliant game.
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Drak
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Why dont they make games like this anymore? The AI is amazing, the wolf is a ♥♥♥♥, the Caliph is a ISIS maniac, the Pig and Rat are like cartoon villains that never do anything right, and you know whats awesome? They build and command EXACTLY like their personality goes, its so cool, and the whole city building system is very good, with a lot of emphasis on having a working economy and keeping your people working.

Also, wood needed.
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rami_truth85
( 30.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Best strategy game of all time.
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Harryzappo
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
got it on sale

WORTH EVERY PENNY M'LORD

Still the best castle sim out there 10/10, stronghold decendents included.
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Lynx
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
luv :)
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Divine Night Kidz
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
After bought this today this make my day.

Recall from childhood:

-Allied with The Wolf-

-Requesting attack assistance-

Replied: "My master informs you: he will not be attacking today."

…………………./´¯/)
………………..,/¯../
………………./…./
…………./´¯/’…’/´¯¯`·¸
………./’/…/…./……./¨¯\
……..(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
………\……………..’…../
……….”…\………. _.·´
…………\…………..(
…………..\………….\… ***k The Wolf

11/10 Good game from childhood.
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Toni maestro
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
One of the best game of my childhood.
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StealthRazar
( 40.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
This game is perhaps overlooked by most people these days, considering there are others out there, like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Civilization, and plenty of lesser known RTS games.

Yet, this game has a certain charm to it that I think can't be found anywhere else. It's set in the Arabic desert, where you must fight for survival by mastering as many factors as you can, including some staple RTS features, like economics, resources, troops, and workers. This game also features two main ways to determine whether you succeed or not. This comes in the form of managing how much gold you have to buy troops, and how much food you have collected. Running out of food will cause your castle to start losing happiness, and people will begin to leave if it gets below halfway.

Since the food plays a major role in your economy, lacking it presents a severe problem of unbalanced gameplay; people won't be able to keep your economy going if they leave, which means that, if you don't have enough gold to buy food, you're basically doomed. You can't buy troops since you don't have gold, and if, by some chance, you happen to be out of other supplies, it's best to give up if you don't have any allies. Even then, the allies aren't guaranteed to help you, especially if they're A.I players.

This is where the unbalanced issue comes into place, because not everyone is good at managing their economy, and pitting people with little to no sense of economics against people who do know means that the latter are going to win. Every single time.


This is still a great game, though. If you are willing to learn how to manage economics, I recommend this game.
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Furbal
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
This is the original brought back to playability and high definition!
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Wolf
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
If you buy this,you get the Extreme version too.
It's worth it.
Just buy at sale.
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Jellycorned
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Consider Buying This Game M'Lord
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
After bought this today this make my day.

Recall from childhood:

-Allied with The Wolf-

-Requesting attack assistance-

Replied: "My master informs you: he will not be attacking today."

…………………./´¯/)
………………..,/¯../
………………./…./
…………./´¯/’…’/´¯¯`·¸
………./’/…/…./……./¨¯\
……..(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
………\……………..’…../
……….”…\………. _.·´
…………\…………..(
…………..\………….\… ***k The Wolf

11/10 Good game from childhood.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Build huge castles and attack that Pig! Again, nostalgia is everywhere <3
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
If you buy this,you get the Extreme version too.
It's worth it.
Just buy at sale.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
One of the best game of my childhood.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Old but gold! Definitely, brilliant game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Best strategy game of all time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
300.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
The time I played this game says it all. I can recommend all of the Stronghold games but Stronghold Crusader is the best one and it was my first PC game when I started 9 years ago.
I played the HD-version on Steam 300 hours in the last 1 1/2 years and uncountable hours before I bought it on Steam.

Pros:
- good price
- 2 Crusades (2x50 missions) and 4 historical campaigns (4x4 missions)
- Multiplayer against or with other players on Game Ranger
- a lot of siege equipment (catapult,ballista,trebuchets etc.) and troops (arabs and crusaders)
- authentic landscapes
- create your own multiplayer maps
- epic music and characters
- better graphics


Cons:
I cannot really find a negative aspect. It is fun to play alone and with friends.
- Maybe it gets boring sometimes, but there is always a reason to play it from time to time.

The game is almost as old as I am and first published for Windows 98, so do not expect too much and just have fun.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
got it on sale

WORTH EVERY PENNY M'LORD

Still the best castle sim out there 10/10, stronghold decendents included.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
This game was my childhood. Enough said.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
The best of all the strongholds and a very old, but still very good game to play.

No other stronghold has even come close to its value.

Mechanics are great, the AI is likeable, and if you haven't played a stronghold, then I'd suggest starting here.

I know it looks difficult and complicated at first glance, but if you put in the time, you'll get addicted for weeks.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
180.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Been sleeping under a rock?
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Why dont they make games like this anymore? The AI is amazing, the wolf is a ♥♥♥♥, the Caliph is a ISIS maniac, the Pig and Rat are like cartoon villains that never do anything right, and you know whats awesome? They build and command EXACTLY like their personality goes, its so cool, and the whole city building system is very good, with a lot of emphasis on having a working economy and keeping your people working.

Also, wood needed.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Not enought wood my lord,stone needed...My childhood life.
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24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
If you played this as a kid, It's just as good as you remember
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Low taxes is good taxes that's my motto...
10/10
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
I will not surrender untill I beat Wolf's greatest castle

10/10 would buy wood again
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Fire breaks out. Everybody dies. The people love you mylord.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
If you like strategy just go for it you may think 1st 20levels are easy and boring but once you get past them that is where the struggle begins i played this game when it came out and i loved it so id recomendid it to everyone who likes anything about strategy games
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Great game, a lot of offline time on this one.

One problem though, I can't kill my advisor.
Anyone else have this problem?
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