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Live the life of a medieval lord in Stronghold Kingdoms, the world’s first persistent Castle MMO.
Release Date: Feb 27, 2012
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“There’s a whole lot to keep strategy veterans happy”
8.5 – Strategy Informer

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

“It's truly NOT a pay to win game”

About the Game

Update 13: Quests

Our June update adds nearly 30 new Quests to Stronghold Kingdoms, delivering one of the most popular requested features from players in 2014. With new AI lurking in the Kingdoms and areas of gameplay as of yet explored in Quests, we have decided to craft brand new Quest paths and extend a few old ones, giving players higher rewards for greater displays of skills and cunning.

This new set of objectives includes brand new Quest paths such as the Villain, Wolf’s Nemesis and Peacemaker requiring players to attack friendly castles, AI opponents and prevent conflict through use of religion. Players who complete these new Quests will be rewarded with resources such as Gold, Wood and Stone. In addition there is also exclusive in-game content to be claimed, such as Premium Tokens, Faith points and new Coat of Arms designs to strike fear in the hearts of other players.

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
181 of 204 people (89%) found this review helpful
717 products in account
4 reviews
141.7 hrs on record
The game is not made for new players, the worlds are unfriendly and you will get nowhere due to the high ranking people around you destroying your village.
But the developers of a much loved series (gone bad with this MMO) have given you a chance, all you have to do is give in to their micro transactions.
I dont see why they cant have a one off payment for the game, up front, like any other game, instead of implementing a pay to win system. What could be a truly wonderful game is ruined by the fact that you can pay to beat the system.

Do not download, regret will swallow your mind.
Posted: February 25th, 2014
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150 of 178 people (84%) found this review helpful
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1 review
205.2 hrs on record
all of your 30days progress can be ruined if someone spend money...its enough for big minus
Posted: February 12th, 2014
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119 of 163 people (73%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
117.6 hrs on record
It was like crack, you know its bad, but you cant stop.
Posted: February 5th, 2014
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174 of 273 people (64%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
644.2 hrs on record
Okay this is my second review, I have already deleted the first one.
The first time I wrote one only 50% of those who read it found it useful.
So I am attempting to make it more useful, so it is going to be a lot longer.

How long have you played the game?? I started playing the game when it was in Beta and only had 1 world, no quests so over 3 years. A lot longer since I played on the original website and the steam hours does not reflect any of that.

Do you recommend this game?? Yes I do. I have "Won" the game and got reset many times while playing.

Why do you recommend this game?? It is a persistant castle building MMO, you come in build your tiny village from scratch, build a castle, research and recruit more buildings and troop types. A single player can hold between 1 and 40 villages.

What makes people stay away from this game?? In my own experience and from what others have told me they leave because they get bored. This game takes a long time to play, you can not win in 15 minutes. The first round on world 1 took over 500 days to complete.

Is it Pay to Win?? It is a mmo, there will be thousands of players. Do players spend hundreds of dollars on this game, yes they do. There are 2 parts you pay for, one is called premium, basically a subscription service like your MMO Worlds of Warcraft. It lets you research 5 things at a time and build 5 things at a time and sends out your scouts and merchants once every 4 hours. The way the game is set up and runs it does not take long before each building you make, each research point takes 9 hours or longer to complete so paying to do 5 at a time is a complete waste of money for me. Also the auto scout and auto trade only works once every 4 hours and not at all if you are online. The second pay option is to buy a random deck of cards. These cards can be anything so there is not really an option for you to go buy 1 card to get an advantage. Everyone gets free cards per week, even the free to play players. All cards are random. There is an option to trade in 5 cards for some card points you can use to get 1 card you want but you need to buy the whole pack first. I spent $10 on this game and have the maximum 14 free cards per week.

Graphics?? The game is over 3 years old, it uses the same graphics from the original stronghold game that came out over 10 years ago. It is okay for what the game does, you will not find "Eye Candy" here.

Sound?? The game plays the same "music" track, which gets old but hey if you listen to the same cd for 1 year you would get tired of it as well.

What do you do in this game?? You start out in a small village, you do research, build production in your villages, research and build your castle. This game is player versus player. That means you will get attacked by other players and they can and do kill you. When you die you can reset or start over on the same world and keep all the gold, honour and research you have at the time of your death. You also get wood and stone amounts equal to the amount you can store on your stockpile for one day. The game is designed around a guild system. You have the option to form or join a group of players in a faction. These groups can then merge into a larger group called a house. The entire game is structred around this key component. Ultimately only one house can survive.

Key features of the game?? The key features of the game are
1) persistant castle mmo
2) player versus player
3) village construction
4) castle construction
5) troops
6) quests
7) achievements

Can you tell us some of the things you did not like about the game??
The types of troops is too limited, you have an archer, a pikeman, a swordsman and a catapult.
The parish steward feature is too easy for other players to abuse. The parish army takes no weapons to create only gold. The parish makes its gold from taxing the players villages. A parish army can be used to wipe out a players village. Holding a parish is the only way to get votes to vote in a sheriff or king / queen. This means that only someone in a house will get and hold onto a parish. In my opinion the parish army that the villages paid for should only be used to get rid of the ai enemies, the wolves, bandits and ai castles. I know many players, myself included, would like to have a chance to run a parish especially when some of the current parish stewarts only log in once every 4 days, then do not clear any of the parish enemies but use the parish army to attack other smaller players instead. This one thing seems to be the number one reason why most new players leave the game and should be looked into.

Hopefully that was a better and more useful review for anyone who is thinking of playing Stronghold Kingdoms.

One quick edit, this game is windowed mode only. There is not an option for a fullscreen. This means that you are able to do other things while the game runs in the background.

If you have read through this entire reveiw and still did not find it helpful to you please take a moment to leave a comment what you were looking for and I will add it to this review for the next player.
Posted: June 2nd, 2014
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98 of 149 people (66%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
691.4 hrs on record
This consumed my life, it controlled my day to day choice. This thing (I refuse to call it a mere "game") is at first warm and inviting but then, when it has you in its grasp you cannot leave!
Posted: February 22nd, 2014
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1,716 of 1,943 people (88%) found this review helpful
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1,813.7 hrs on record
I played this game for awhile on multiple worlds, and while it was sort of fun while it lasted, in the end the game isn't worth it.

The game is nothing but a "Pay to Win" game.
Whether it's buying more cards or buying Premium Tokens, both give very big unfair advantages.

To even keep up with many other players in the worlds, you will need to spend bunch of actual money to progress, otherwise you will lose fast.

Despite my game time, i give this a "Not Reccomended" to save you the 100's upon 1000's of hours you would waste on it, only for some pay to win person to raze or capture all your villages, thus making you start all over.

I should have said this before, but this is basically a Facebook Game, on Steam.
Many people are correct for saying that too.

Review Update:
Also, i'd like to add unless you join a brand new world the moment it's active, it will be extremely hard to get far on it.

You can use cards you aquired from other worlds in the new world, which is 1 way people stock up to get very far in new worlds.
And, usually within the first 48 to 72 hours, people will be already Rank 14 to 16 (or higher), and start taking over major parts of the world, making factions, join big houses, and conquer large areas.

Then if they move to your area, some may bully you to give up your Parish(es), or may even capture/raze your villages, just to clear you out so you don't vote for somebody else.
(The above happened to me a few times on multiple worlds.)

Also, the game has an "Inactive" system. Info below (Copied from wiki)

A village will be automatically abandoned when a player hasn't played or is dormant for a specific period of time; this time is dependant upon which rank they have reached.
The higher the rank, the longer it takes for the village to become abandoned.
If a premium token is in play at the time of going inactive, the player's account (and therefore, their village) will remain active until the premium token runs out.

More Info on days here: http://help.strongholdkingdoms.com/index.php/FAQ:Your_village#What_happens_with_inactive_players.3F

So basically, depending on your rank, if you don't sign on after xx many of days (whether you forget, internet is down, computer is broken, etc.), ALL VILLAGES you have in that world will be deleted.
Now, you will keep your same rank along with all you researched, but you will have to start over with only 1 village.

And even if you restart, there is a low chance you can be placed in the same area you were previously located.

And people that downvote this Review, are most likely the "Pay to Win" or "Bully" people I mentioned.
Don't let them sucker you into thinking it's not pay to win.

They most likely want more people to attack, so they can gain honour faster as well as maybe get free villages that you did the work setting up, but they take the rest.

Review Update 2:
To the people that either "question" why I played over 1,800+ hours in a game to not recommend it, ask yourself this:

"Do you count all the hours you play of an MMO Game you play?"
The answer most likely is no.

Playing one of those, can also EASILY add 100's upon 1000's of hours too.
Keep in mind, the gametime spans across about 1½ years.

This game has MANY different worlds.
I originally started in World 5 where I met people and joined a guild, we tried to also start in new worlds as they opened.

To keep it short, in World 6 when it opened up, there were many trolls, House members (H10 and H16) took over the area, capturing villages including mine, without warning.

Me along with alot of other people gave up on that world, as there was not really any way to keep progressing.
Many of them go far due to they gained rank fast with saved up cards.

We tried it again when World 7 was introduced, but it didn't go any better.

Within 48 to 72 hours the Leaders of the House, had already been Rank 19+ .
I think they had like 6+ villages by then.
This was a combindation of "Pay to Win" and they were beta world 7 players, whose rank didn't get reset.

By the time World 8 started, i didn't even bother to try for it, since i knew the outcome would be the same as World 6 and 7.

World 5 was fine for awhile, but then House 1 went for World Wide Domination (which they succeeded).
Again they bullied everybody to vote for them so they could take our Country and County.
Most of the house leaders was in the Top 100, insanely high rank/stats/villages/troops/production/etc.

Even after the World got sent to the "2nd Age", it didn't make a different.
They just regrouped (under a new house i think) and took over the world again.

I didn't even stick around to find out what happened next.
I heard in "3rd Age" it happened again.

It was like "what's the point of playing anymore?"
No matter what you try, you can't win when the enemy guilds have like 3x the villages you have (and that's PER Guild Member).
They most likely have dozens upon 100's of Vasseled Armies.
Each Vasseled Army = 500 Troops.

As quoting the computer Joshua from WarGames, "The only winning move is not to play" which is sadly very true.

Don't waste the time and frustration i did trying to play this game.

And, for those trolls STILL Questioning on gametime, just shut up and stop.
Had i played like 10 hours, people would ♥♥♥♥♥ because i didn't play long enough.
But I have over 1800 and now that's considered "too much"?

Reasons it's Pay to Win
Source Info: http://help.strongholdkingdoms.com/index.php/FAQ:Premium_Account

You can spend money to buy Premium Tokens and Card Packs in the game.
Card Packs (depending on what pack it is) will give you 5 random cards per pack.

Premium Tokens let you do things that you can't do unless you buy one.
(The following are for when online)
First is Building Queue. This lets you in EACH village set it up to add 4 more buildings to a queue to be built next. Default it's only 1 building at a time, so you will have to be on to place the next building without a token.
In the beginning it's not that big of deal, but later in the game when buildings take hours upon hours, it GREATLY helps.

Move Builds - This is by far the 2nd biggest reason. The ability to MOVE your buildings you place anytime you want. By default you can't move then. If you place a building in the wrong spot, tough.
You have to delete it, wait like 5 to ?? minutes (depends if you are deleting other buildings also) just to build it again, wasting resources.

Research Queue - This is the biggest reason. In the beginning it won't that big of deal, but later in game when you're higher rank, research time takes longer and longer.
Prince Rank, it took me up to 18 HOURS+ for each research.
By default, you can only research 1 thing, no queue. This adds 4 more to the queue to auto research.
Research plays a key role in the game, so that's why it's important.
(Troop health, what units you unlock, what you can build for castle, food, etc.)

Village Overview - Honestly i never used it. It's just more of a convenience to see each village production/stats.

(The followingwill activate once every two (2) to four (4) hours when you're not logged in.)
Auto Trading - Game will auto trade food to your parish, depending on the % you set it to.
Auto Scouting - Auto Sends out scouts to stashes for you.
Auto Attack - Auto Attack targets (Wolves, Bandit Camps, AI, etc).
Auto Recruiting - Lets you recruit troops automatically (assuming you have gold and enough weapons).

Crowns (In-Game Currency, costs actual money)

You can read about crowns in the above link. (Hit Review Limit again so can't go into detail.)
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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