Live the life of a medieval lord in Stronghold Kingdoms, the world’s first persistent Castle MMO.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (4,063 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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November 6

Expert Cards Update

20 New Strategy Cards

Today's update brings with it new opportunities for the Lords and Ladies of Stronghold Kingdoms, adding 20 new strategy cards to the Kingdoms deck. Impacting many different areas of gameplay, these more advanced cards have been designed to appeal to all types of player. Farmers, protectors, diplomats and warlords will find a card to suit their needs, advancing their cause or that of their House in-game. Boost the production of banquet goods, protect your villagers from barbaric invaders or swiftly prepare them for surprise attacks with these new cards:

Expert Protection – Increases the length of any protection placed on a parish.

Expert Fine Attire – Provides a large boost to the amount of silk delivered to your keep.

Expert Guardhouses – Place a greater amount of defending troops in your castle.

Instant Blacksmith – Place a Blacksmith instantly and for free.

Expert Stone Structures – Boost your stone towers and gatehouses with extra resistance to attack.

A full list of the 20 new cards and their effects can be found here - Update Forum Thread

Players can attain these new cards from the various random cards packs, specialised packs and for free by claiming Veteran Level cards. Select cards can also be purchased with card points.

We hope you make effective use of these powerful new cards and look forward to hearing your feedback! Let us know what future cards and feature updates you would like to see in the comments below.

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October 2

Achievements Update

New Objectives, Higher Levels and Tracking

Greetings Sire. The latest Stronghold Kingdoms update includes a host of new challenges. Numerous additions to the Achievements system provide the Lords and Ladies of SHK with new objectives and higher goals for existing achievements. Read on for changes to the forest-type Castle screen, a new forest area and more:

New Achievements – Earn the 'Evil Lord' title by nefariously ridding the lands of Paladin Castles or claim the title of 'Treasure Hunter' by salvaging riches from Treasure Castles.

Achievement Levels – 'Double Diamond', 'Triple Diamond' and 'Sapphire' levels now require more skill and enduring when earning your medals, but also rewarding you more generously than ever before.

Achievement Tracker – Players can now view and track their progress for most Achievements by hovering over the medals.

New Castle Screen – Lords and Ladies with forest type villages will now find forests surrounding their castles on the Castle screen.

Extra Proclamations – Governors and Kings are now able to send proclamations more frequently, once every three days.

We hope you enjoy these new additions to the game! The ability to track Achievements has been a frequent player request for some time now, so it gives us great pleasure to add this along with extended levels and new Achievement types.

Players can discuss the new update and view a complete list of changes, additions and information regarding the Achievements update here - Update Forum Thread

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Reviews

“There’s a whole lot to keep strategy veterans happy”
8.5 – Strategy Informer (Review)

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

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

About This Game



Update 14: Strategy Cards

More than 20 new strategy cards have been added to Stronghold Kingdoms. Aimed at both new and veteran players, our August update affects all areas of gameplay from taxation to honour and warfare. These new cards, which can either be bought or acquired through gameplay, come in a variety of different flavours. Heavy Haulage boosts production of raw materials, Super Tax provides access to extra tax bands and Renown Philosopher instantly completes a large amount of research. Whether you're a card collector aiming to complete the Kingdoms deck or a warlord looking to deliver the killing blow, this new update has something for everyone.

Improvements have also been made to the attacks system, allowing players to set a list of rival targets through the world map and prepare more effectively timed attacks. Finally a Shield of the Week gallery has been created on the official Stronghold Kingdoms website, collecting and immortalising the years of work players have put into their in-game Coat of Arms.

Game Description


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!

Key Features

  • 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
25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
50.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Whilst this game is entertaining for a while, it soon becomes obvious that you will soon be crushed by rediculously overbearing armies from more advanced players. Add to that the pestering for ingame pay-to-win currency, and it's worse than, say, facebook's Sparta game.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I have played Stronghold Crusader as a kid , now I am an MLG pro at the game. This is nothing like it , it's a f-ing timed game , that's what it is , and lemme tell ya. The graphics look choppy and the overlay is a mess , don't download this game , its a P2W game. On day one it's fun but then comes the p2w part. The balance so extraordinarily in the favor of the buying-system it's basically unplayable without spending a lot of money . What are you spending lots of money on? Cards that make your troops fast and buff like a afro-american , but now in all seriousness , it goes like this : The more cards you have, the more troops you have, the faster they move and the stronger they are. And what is the mess here ?? You can buy unlimited f-ing cards.
(SECOND ACCOUNT 500hrs +)



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Cons
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-Very time consuming

- Pay to win

- Bugs

-Non-friendly overlay
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Pros
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+ Over 150 quests

+ 4 Big research trees lots of variety.

+ It's Stronghold
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I just can't reccomend it now , maybe in the future.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
sadly this game has gone downhill recently. I played this game before the steam version in beta and i did not play long when it went to steam. It used to be that if you wanted to be steward or king or anything in between, you could with good politics, strong allies and a solid strategy. If not then you could just fight NPCs and nobody would care as long as you werent randomly attacking people for no reason. Now, if you want any of that (especially the second option), you have to just get lucky. This game has also become extremely pay to win, and most of the time you will spend hours building up and some random kid will take your castle from you because he has hundreds of allies and 14 other castles so he knows you cant touch him. Its sad. Over all i say if this game looks interesting, try it, its free. if you get lucky and dont get into an area thats a bunch of ♥♥♥♥♥♥s then you will get lots of enjoyment from this game
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
832.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Going against the tide somewhat here...but I do recommend SK as a playing experience if you enjoy builder games (like AoE) although everything the non-recommenders have said about pay-to-win and getting destroyed eventually is true. And the latter happens even if you join a facttion/House. But the gameplay and camraderie if you hook up are worth it and I actually reached Crown Prince without ever having spent any money. But I have also been completely ransacked twice by other players for imagined infractions -- but the same vindictiveness and worse can be found on WoW or ESO. Worth a try.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Haven't played too much of it, but it does bring me back to the original title with the added benefit of making it more exciting online! This was fun!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
9/10
Stronghold Kingdoms is an excellent game, especially for a free-to-play. The game gives you control of your own vilage right from the start. The technics of the game are perfect for the era of time that the game is set in. Building castles out of cheap but easy-to-build wood or expensive but sturdy stone is only one of the concepts of Stronghold Kingdoms that you have control of. More intricate and complex characteristics include setting tax rates within your village(which has both positive and negative effects that must be taken into consideration), training armies to annihilate your opponents, and joining a Faction within a House. Overall, Stronghold Kingdoms is a great MMO that you definitely want to check out. I'd recommend it to a friend, personally.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
772.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Love the concept of this game. FF just doesn't get it! Need to balance the advantage cards give the uber-spenders and those that can only afford to spend a few bucks a week.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
84.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
This is a really fun strategie game to play alone and with friends
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Werry nice game and remembering old good stronghold times. :)
But here need to long wait when all building, researching and moving army, scouts... :(

But good game! :) I hate just werry boring waiting here! :(

With that waitings no more I wanna to play this game. Maybe i quit it faster than I thinked... :(
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
516.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Personally, I disagree with everyone who says that you will be better if you pay for crowns and premium tokens. True, auto scouting and trading is very useful, but let's be honest, you can gain that gold with trading in half an hour, if you know how of course. I had only one premium and it was when I started playing, didn't even knew what I was doing at first place, but as the time passed, the game became very interesting. Farmville more complicated? lol, you don't know how to play SHK then ;)
I got better because I was actually playing it, completing quests and communicating with other players in the world.
And yes, this is actually multiplayer game and yes, you can actually be attacked by other players. What do you know, it's multiplayer game, real time strategy game, it's not like in single player game, you save it and continue from there. This game has a very complexed mechanics to understand, so if you are not willing to think a bit what to do, then play candy crush saga.
Cards - those are helpful and I got those from completing quests, not buying them. And I don't use them at all, I just stockpile them just in case if needed.
Highly recommended to play.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Not far from most strategy browser games Stronghold Kingdoms can be fun to play for a bit but it isn't likely to get you interested in the long run unless you intend to spend money with it. Just like most browser games things take their time and there is always a pack of cards to "help" you when money is not an issue.
Don't get me wrong this game is a good browser like strategy game, possibly one of the best, the problem is that it isn't more than that. I honestly thought it was something better when i first tried it but then i understood i had played similar things without using steam.
Either way you can always download the game and check for yourself, unless you don't start throwing money around it is still free to experiment :D
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1,965.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
its fun to pop in build n splash
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
632.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Good game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
good
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
92.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
45.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Well i know that everyone hate pay to win game....but for my opnion this game have some potential(if it not pay to win of course) because its pretty fun game thats all
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
this game is very easy to understand but you must build the kingdom i recommend this game if you li9ke creating villages and kingdoms
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Good very good
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
312.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This game gets a 7.7 out of 10. (Good)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
very nice game!
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