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.
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Release Date: Feb 27, 2012

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August 31

The Final Age

New Gameplay Mechanics and In-Game Loot
  • Royal Towers – New randomly-generated PvE targets spawn on the map.
  • New Rules – Towers rebuild once captured by a captain, but cannot be reinforced.
  • Player-Led – House Marshall who controls all towers can end the game world.
  • Massive Loot – Ending the world guarantees the winning house epic rewards.

The fate of the world is in your hands with the release of Stronghold Kingdoms: The Final Age. Will you take control, press ‘The Button’ and end your game world forever? Reap the rewards of destruction or fight for its existence for years to come!

It's time for you to play medieval God. Recruit Captains, capture each randomly-generated 'Royal Tower' and secure ultimate victory for your House! Towers rebuild instantly upon capture and reduce in number by 10 at the end of each Glory Round, until just 20 remain. Capture every tower for your House and your Marshall will have the power to end their world forever, in exchange for masses of in-game loot. The Final Age of Kingdoms has begun...

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July 28

New Game World

'Domination 3' Now Live

World Launch

It's time to rise up and crush your enemies, establishing dominion over the British Isles and eradicating any Lord bold enough to cross your path! With a tighter focus on PvP combat, the new Domination 3 game world is yours for the taking. You and your allies have 180 days to rise to the top and reap the rewards. Quickly gain control of the kingdom and stop any counterattacks dead in their tracks!

At the end of its 180 day lifespan this game world will close forever, with those deemed worthy generously rewarded for their strategic cunning. At this point prizes will be distributed to the winning Lords and Ladies, as well as those who qualify as runner-up players. In addition, members of the winning House will be immortalized on the official Kingdoms website as part of the Hall of Legends! With no Glory Rounds the winning House will be determined by the total Glory generated during 180 days of brutal warfare.

How to Join - To join the Domination 3 game world players will need to log in, click on the blue 'Select World' button, find Domination 3 under 'Available Worlds' and click 'Join'.


Winner - Player in the Winning House OR in the Top 10 of a Leaderboard:

  • 1 Platinum Card Pack
  • 15 Random Packs
  • 15 Super Random Packs
  • 15 Ultimate Random Packs

Runner-Up - Player who reached the rank of Crown Prince or above:

  • 15 Random Packs
  • 10 Super Random Packs
  • 5 Ultimate Random Packs

Please Note - Players who qualify for both of the above prize packs will only be given the 'Winner' prizes. All prizes will be distributed at the end of the game world in 180 days.

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“One of my favorite MMORTS titles”
Engadget (Quick Look)

“A rich massively multiplayer strategy game”
GameWatcher (Review)

“Stronghold Kingdoms captures the feel of the medieval era”
MMO Play (Review)

Just Updated

Now Available: The Final Age

New PvE gameplay, mechanics and in-game loot! The fate of the world is in your hands with the release of Stronghold Kingdoms: The Final Age. Will you take control, press ‘The Button’ and end your game world forever? Reap the rewards of destruction or fight for its existence for years to come!

It's time for you to play medieval God. Recruit Captains, capture each randomly-generated 'Royal Tower' and secure ultimate victory for your House! Towers rebuild instantly upon capture and reduce in number by 10 at the end of each Glory Round, until just 20 remain. Capture every tower for your House and your Marshall will have the power to end their world forever, in exchange for masses of in-game loot.

The Final Age of Kingdoms has begun...

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 with no subscription or upfront payment required.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1 or Windows 7/8/10 (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
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1,507.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
I have lost as many hours as I have Kingdoms.
Beware of card players in your area they will have rocket flying scouts soaking up all the resources in the area!

If you want a game you need to mircomanage often then you are a Scouting type player.. spend all your inital tech points to push up Scouts .. speed, numbers, capacity. .. MAX the scouts out ASAP.

If you want a game you check up every day or so.. spend tech on production.

no matter which way you play I promise you will loose it all... with that said.
you're either a victim and hate the game and every asshat around you ..
or you're a fighter and have taken what you have managed to learn and start to rebuild.

upon death you only loose your village, Tech is untouched. dont cry about 1 village you come to a point in the game where you have many 10+ and you delete entire villages by choice just to relocate for war or trade purposes. Im sure I am the cause of many players angry demise because they where there and I needed it. sorry..not sorry.
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528.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
Great game
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yung E
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
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44.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
Very good game
but the only problem is that my hero has super MLG power.
50VS 1 he win in 5 minutes
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1,070.7 hrs
Posted: September 24
1000+ Hours logged.....

10/10 would log 1000 hours again lol
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2,397.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
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175.0 hrs
Posted: September 18
Spent way to much time on this on. Learned a ton about politics and war. I'm grateful for my time here, but that was years ago. Looking over the forums I find old friends and enemies have mostly left. The game is a shell of what it used to be and it's glory days have passed.

If you are looking for something to do, give it a shot, but you must join a newer world. Old worlds are burnt through. Really age 1-2 are the only ones worth playing.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
513.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
This game would have been great without the pay to win, its really gone too far. When this game was first brought out and everyone started from the same spot and the money system was plain it wasnt so bad, now any world you will join will have people who have been playing it for years. you will soon be outmatched and your village taken as soon as possible.

Actually would be a fun game if not for cons

Pay 2 Win
Old worlds with 3 years+ play time ahead of your
Alot of inactivity ingame

So not a good game for new players
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
870.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
870 hours on record. This game can be fun, if you spend money and/or ♥♥♥♥ lot of time in it. P2W ellements would still be bearable, if it didn't force you to buy premium account to do almost anything.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
You can't spend enough time catch up to the older players.
You can't spend enough money to compete with the players using stolen credit info.

You will lose your pathetic town and everything you had. It will be as if you never played.

Skip the pointless middle part between reading this and not having a pretend castle anymore.
Play something else and just lie about trying this.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
1,066.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
If your looking for a review on this game you've come to the wrong place, but if your looking for an pie recipe you've come to the right place.

1. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2. 1/2 cup white sugar
3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
4. 1/4 cup water
5. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6. 1 pinch salt
7. 5 apples - peeled, cored and sliced
8. 1 pastry for double-crust pie

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. Combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.
3. Roll out half the pastry to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place bottom crust in pie plate; pour in apple slices.
4. Roll out top crust into a 10-inch circle. Cut into 8 (1-inch) wide strips with a sharp paring knife or pastry wheel. Weave the pastry strips, one at a time, into a lattice pattern. Fold the ends of the lattice strips under the edge of the bottom crust and crimp to seal.
5. Pour butter-sugar mixture over top of pie, coating the lattice, and allowing any remaining sauce to drizzle through the crust.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and bake until the crust is golden brown, the caramel on the top crust is set, and the apple filling is bubbling, 35 to 40 more minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Its bad just don't play it
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1,994.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Firstly i played in World 1 for 3years+, ive never been a premium account holder yet i still became a pretty powerful player. At the time i quit i had 8 parish`s and 2 countys and kicking the hell out of premium players.

The truth is you can not stay neutral and just do your own thing and farm in peace, you will be dragged into petty wars that little idiots start cos they havent got the social skills to be nice. It is full of cheaters, liars and two faced little c**ts that will stab you in the back and join the winning side.

During war time you have to stay logged in 24h a day to take care of your castles as people only attack you when your offline, you have to constantly repair your castles because of AI attacks because the parish steward is a lazy bum that just wants power and doesnt kill the AI like he should or he stacks up tax to X9 screwing your village income and then theres the inactives. You join a faction and look forward to war except to see when the war starts all your faction mates jump ship or are afk and dont get involved leaving you to fight a war you didnt start on your own.

Devs play the game or have friends in the game and they are the most unprofessional people ive ever come across. They take sides, usually the winning side and its 1 rule for them another for us and once a House starts taking over everyone joins them and your left with 80% of the active players on the winning side and the rest either fighting them or staying out of it.

These are just my exp in the game, ive quit playing now i log in every now and then to say hi to some friends then log off. You wont really know what the game is like until you exp it for yourself though but my advice is to not spend a penny on it. Dont pay for a premium account and dont buy cards.

PS This is an old review i made.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
65.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
It is another pay to win...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
67.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
I liked the overall idea of the game, some of the graphics, and the possible interaction with others in the game, but that is about as far as it goes.
The progression is extremely slow, from harvesting supplies, building structures, recruiting armies, to advancement of learning. Costs for structures, armies, and such are too high in my opinion based on the length of time to aquire them. The quests in the game are decent with one exception. You can only have one atcive at a time and if something happens while you are offline that would have completed an inactive quest for you, you missed out. This game takes way too much time in my opinion to be worth it.
Oh and it offers a protection period when you start the game, however, I was attacked by the AI bandits before my protection was over and lost all my army and spent most of my supplies rebuilding my castle.( which took hours)
You could spend real money to advance, but what is the point when it gets wasted after you are attacked and cannot repair your castle or rebuild your army before the next attack. Even for a free game I wouldn't try it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
886.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
First of all this Game is not for everyone unless you get in with a good house who fights if not most likely your house will be eliminated. I like it for the constant excitement that waking up in the morning I could be reset at anytime (being reset means all your villages have either been captured or destroyed) even with the strongest build we will still get in and take it over, waves and waves of troops timed attacks and your village is mine or mine is yours. it's Medieval village management and castle building.
there are no vehicles except your horses and trading carts you start on a plot of land and start building you get villagers who do all the hard work of growing and collecting food and supplies like wood stone pitch & iron so you can build your castles. run the right tax amount they will stay put it to high they will leave so it's your own little kingdom so to speak and you manage it. there are research tasks you can do to make life a little easier like troop and peasants you can research everything make your scouts faster to pick up items on around your castles make your troops stonger. Now monks are the key to winning or losing a battle so you want those first because as time goes on and you research so many things it takes 16 to 20 hours to research one thing so you need to do the important ones first you just need to figure out what those are. same as the village buildings go the further up you are in rank the slower it becomes to build. now you can play this without ever spending any money I have played it for a long time without spending any money but I never got very far. you can only research 1 thing at a time not 5 and you can only build 1 thing at a time in your village without the use of a premium token, there are a few different ones you can spend your real money on a 30 Day premium token will allow you to do so much 5 research tasks 5 village buildings in queue to build, it also allows you to trade while your offline. the premium token allows your scouts to seek out stashes while your offline you can also attack a chosen target when your logged out, you also get idle peasants into your army and this right here is so useful too because when you get too many of these they make your village popularity go down and this will result in them leaving also. another thing the premium token does is allow you to keep track of what has happened while your offline and why they don't do this for the people that don't play with cards is beyond me, So like if a player scouts your village you won't even know they are prepairing to attack you unless you run a premium token so in my opinion it is pay to play because if you don't pay you lose you can spend 5 bucks and get a premium token and some playing cards to help your villages. this game is a very political game I have seen players run 5 different accounts they could be your enemy and join your faction on another account just to see what your faction is up to who they are planning to attack it's a very hard game to start out fresh in not knowing who the real players of the game are. anyone who claims to be your friend on this game is lying because they are looking at angles to take you out if you don't belong to a house your a target, if your in a faction and not a house your still a target. So the A.I in this game is set up so the higher in rank you go the harder they hit you I have had an entire side wiped out of my castle and by doing this it will set you back a few days in build time but you get honor who the F cares about honor when your castle gets wiped out 2 times a day by the A.I but wait it's not over here comes another attack and another and another they don't start doing a lot of damage till you are a prince but they do even more damage when you become a crown prince. so now that you have been offline for a few days and people take notice that you have been attacked by all kinds of A.I they know your castle has been badly damaged and they take advantage and scout you they see the damage and take over your village. this is here my castle completed.
so this is a design I got off the internet this is what I have built but without the use of cards it took 71 Days to finish and all that time I was being attacked everyday unless your in a capitol parish and that person fights all the A.I forget about trying to build, like I said this game is not for everyone. I will update this as I go but for now getting into this game right now may be a waste of time because the end is coming.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
i used to love this game,
now... i just think about the time that i've wasted
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