Live the life of a medieval lord online in Stronghold Kingdoms, the world’s first Castle MMO. Farm peacefully, engage in political mind games or lay siege to sworn enemies.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (5,363 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 27, 2012

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"Live the life of a medieval lord in Stronghold Kingdoms, the world’s first persistent Castle MMO."
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July 3

Extra Crowns and New Worlds

USA 3 Launches Alongside a Summer Crowns Sale!

USA 3

As the first ships are seen coming over the horizon our first explorers set foot on the newest North American continent, looking to establish a long-lasting home for themselves on the prairies of ‘USA 3′. This alternate reality map of the United States offers a total of 11 Kingdoms, each with a throne just waiting to be conquered by brave souls such as you my Lord. Erect a stronghold near your home town, forge unbreakable alliances with neighboring Lords and set out to take control of this new feudal United States!

Settle on this new virgin world, raise your humble town to an all-powerful empire, smash your enemies, march on the throne and claim your rightful place atop it!

40% Extra Crowns

Summer is here and with it comes a deal that few Lords and Ladies can resist, extra Crowns! To give your scouts a boost of energy while riding under the blazing summer sun and to keep the stocks in our granary from spoiling too quickly, the royal bank is offering a staggering 40% bonus on all Crown purchases.

This rare deal is now live and will be available until 2pm GMT (Game Time) on July 5th. It applies to all purchase types and payment methods, including gifts. Stock up your supplies and reinforce your defenses or ready your forces for battle! Do not miss this opportunity to crush our enemies and raise to kingship as they bathe in the sun.

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May 21

New Europe World

Now Live! Conquer Your Enemies in 'Europe 3'

My Lord, have you ever wondered what shape Europe might have taken had the middle-ages played out differently? Had you been a mighty warlord alive during these times, ruling over the sun kissed shores of Spain or the harsh icy tundra of Siberia? Wonder no more… For ‘Europe 3’ has opened its gates!

  • Grand Strategy – Do battle across 33 medieval countries in one game world.
  • New Politics – Assume positions of power across Europe with numerous Stewards, Sheriffs, Governors and Kings.
  • Fresh Start – Fight on a level playing field with no established Houses or power structures to contest with.
  • Epic Scale – 'Europe 3' is one of Stronghold Kingdoms' largest game worlds ever.

Europe 3 has just this second opened its gates, inviting anyone willing and worthy of the eternal glory it holds. Use this time wisely, make the right moves and secure our people a head start in the race for each vital throne. A total of 33 different countries await you in one massive game world, reconstructed from the current day map of Europe and ready to be conquered by your mighty armies and political silver tongue. Settle near your home town, forge unbreakable alliances with your neighbours and set out to take control of the lands of Europe, one throne at a time!

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Reviews

“Stronghold Kingdoms is probably one of my top favorite MMORTS titles”
Massively (Quick Look)

“A level of depth that goes beyond the normal Stronghold games”
Hooked Gamers (Review)

“It's truly NOT a pay to win game”
ZAM (Quick Look)

Just Updated

'Rise of The Wolf' PvE Update



The Wolf has returned! Unite with thousands of other players and do battle with classic Stronghold characters in ‘Rise of The Wolf’, the latest expansion for Stronghold Kingdoms:

  • PvE Gameplay – Experience completely new player-versus-environment gameplay.
  • New Challenges – Do battle with classic Stronghold characters including The Wolf, The Pig, The Snake and The Rat, holding back their invasion of medieval England.
  • Improved AI – The Wolf and his cronies are able to raze and capture villages, vote for themselves in elections, repair castles, scout resources and more!
  • Co-Op – Team up and defeat a common enemy, with the hardcore PvP gameplay of Stronghold Kingdoms turned on its head and players forced to cooperate to survive.
  • Better Loot – Raze and capture AI villages, uncover resources stashes and win Glory rounds for the chance to receive powerful in-game items.

In Stronghold Kingdoms: Rise of The Wolf players are assigned a location on a medieval map of the British Isles. Holding back a tide of attacks from The Wolf, The Snake, The Pig and The Rat, who have returned to exact their revenge after the events of the original Stronghold, players must unite to survive. Only by engaging enemy troops to take back villages and winning votes in the political arena can they hope to succeed. Rise of The Wolf is a faster, more challenging game world designed for large numbers of players working together in pursuit of a common goal, fighting for lost land and the support of the people.

Please Note: To join the new 'Rise of The Wolf' game world players will need to log in, click on the blue 'Select World' button followed by 'Select AI Worlds'.

About This Game



Live the life of a medieval lord in Stronghold Kingdoms, the world’s first persistent castle MMO. A unique PC Strategy game, Stronghold Kingdoms brings together online interactivity and community, with a richly-depicted medieval world and thousands of real world players.

Besiege the castle that’s never been taken, overthrow ruthless tyrants, bankroll your faction’s war effort, pillage your neighbour’s resources, peacefully raise cattle or do it all! A range of stats, rankings and achievements gives every player something to aim for, from ‘Banquet King’ and ‘Peacebringer’ to 'Besieger of the Month' and ‘Lionheart'! Factions, elections, liege lords and their vassals all provide a real sense of structured community, with many different ways to chat with other players, discuss strategies and build allegiances.



While an impregnable castle should be at the heart of any lord or lady's domain, you can also specialise with a vast research tree. Starting as a humble peasant, each promotion brings with it valuable research points to spend on trading, diplomacy, warfare, farming, religion and more. Be aware though, as your power grows so does your responsibility. Your vassals and parishioners will look to you for guidance and leadership. You may find yourself fighting for the crown itself!



  • Build Your Online Stronghold - Crush the invading hordes with impenetrable castle defences. Then launch a counterattack!
  • Plot the Perfect Village - Plan your village layout, arrange buildings for maximum productivity and watch it come to life.
  • Explore a Vast Research Tree - Are you a farmer, trader, diplomat or warlord? Research new technology to specialise and gain the edge.
  • Fight For Your Faction - Join a faction, attack its enemies and return triumphant with their captured banners!
  • Play for Free! - Stronghold Kingdoms is free to play, so no subscription or upfront payment is required.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1 or Windows 7 (Windows Update Recommended)
    • Processor: 1GHz or Faster
    • Memory: 512Mb RAM for Windows XP (1GB for Windows Vista & 7)
    • Hard Disk Space: 150 Mb of Hard Drive Space
    • Video Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Graphics Card
Helpful customer reviews
113 of 122 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3,640.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I'll skip listing personal experiences and simply offer a quick list of pros and cons.

Pros:
- Throwback to Stronghold Crusader's glory days.
- Brilliant combination of casual Farmville and more modern RTS games.
- Endless depth.
- Strategy genre enthusiasts will be amused.

Cons:
- Obvious freemium business model. FireFly is apathetic to its drawbacks.
- Plan to play with family? Don't. You'll need to spend significant amounts of money to interact in-game, aside from joining the same faction and/or engaging in chain messages.
- FireFly doesn't screen for alt accounts. As long as they get their money, players are essentially free to do whatever they please, which leads to an awful lot of treachery and deception (in turn offering unfair advantages).
- Bans and suspensions are extremely infrequent. One player, reported by me, spammed several parish message boards with profanity, hate speech, and other vulagr material. He hasn't missed a day since.
- This game takes an inane amount of time to progress and is far too reliant on cash investment or alliances for sustainability.
- Speaking of alliances, players will find themselves thrust into the middle of warring factions or houses early on, unless they are fortunate enough to align themselves with well-off, high-ranking neutral players (who are far and few between).
- Politics can be fun, but it ultimately leads to drama and senseless wasting of time. You think Facebook is dramatic? Try SHK on for size.
- As each World progresses into a new Age, those worlds waste away into agonizing oblivion, later to be controlled by players who were previously shunned or spent far too long on the bottom rung and now desire to be worshipped.

After investing over 3,600 hours into this game, I feel qualified enough to offer a resounding "No" to the question of whether or not I would recommend this game. While I cannot deny the amount of fun I've had, in SHK, the bad most assuredly outweighs the good. If you have ample cash to spend, time to invest, and love persistent drama, this is the game for you. Otherwise, grab yourself a copy of Stronghold Crusader and put together a LAN party with some friends.
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63 of 77 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,043.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
I have played this game much more than 800+ hours in total. . I am rank 22 (prince). I have played in 3 ingame worlds with my friends and now i am playing on mir 1,also i am creator of Stronghold Kingdoms Georgian Community on Facebook. It have more member than other Stronghold Kingdom (world) groups. I think Stronghold Kingdoms is one of the best online strategy game, its realy fun,(2x fun with friends ^-^ ) but... BUT its P2W. There is a card system, u need to buy cards couse the more cards you have, u are faster, stronger and e.t.c
So cant recommend it (yet).
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41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,085.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
This game is not the worst, the player is the worst.
I played this game for three years, 1044 hours. World 5
Now I tell you!
Do not touch this game! Old players will deliberately tortured of new players.
Because the game has a "snatch Castle" this feature.
Novice just give these old players free land only.
I've decided not to play this game.
Clan discrimination, dictator, hypocritical peace.
Almost like a fascist world.
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,081.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Pay 2 win is a problem, yes. Also the dev/mods/owners seem to be overly harsh/uncaring (unless you are spending lots of money, it seems) about any in game troubles.
Otherwise the game was a bit of fun for a while... if your into that style
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
397.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Ah, Bothold Kingdoms.
Because people play using bots and dual accounts so I made a funny! :D
Okay whatever, I fire myself! I have fired myself.

Stronghold is like a lot of pay2win/free2play games built on the shoulders of a franchise that used to be great.
The original games were about you building a castle while surviving all sorts of nasty things trying to rip your castle down and harm your villagers.

Kingdoms takes that concept to the next level! Now you have to defend against other humans trying to attack you and you get to attack them too! It's great fun. Yeah that's right, I said fun.
Where it falls apart is that as is the norm for games of these types everything takes a very long time to build or do...Unless you are willing to pay cash money.
Paying gives you an insane advantage over your fellow human players...At first! You see these games are played out in 'seasons' and seasons are about 4 months so if you don't join the choo-choo train immediately at the start of the season then the boundries have been drawn, alliances between players made and attacking anybody will get your castle DESTROYED!

So the thing you want to do in a PvP game, which is participate in PvP, you can't do because when your castle is destroyed it can take you either lots of months and the season will be over or cost you lots of real life cash so pick your poison.
Outside of the PvP you get to build your kingdom. That's, fun? I guess? You get to pick where a garden goes? And you get to plant some quarries? Yay? Yeah the city building is shallow and boring but you will spend most of your time doing that firstly because you need too since you need the resources to actually build your castle and secondly because you very rarely get to attack players due to them all banding together to rub out anyone who opposes their rulership.

While that is true to history there are plenty of better games that are historically accurate and FUN. The PvP gimmick is fun when you get to partake in it but the rest of the experience is boring or financially costly.

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