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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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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March 5

Rise of The Wolf Update

PvE Gameplay, Improved AI and Classic Stronghold Characters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JDtG181TbA

Sire, the time has come to don your armor, gather our forces and ally with our countrymen. Let us challenge The Wolf and his officers, undo their evil deeds and finally put an end to their savage reign! Our scouts have spotted several stretches of uninhabited land which have not yet fallen to The Wolf and his subordinates: The Pig, The Snake and The Rat. We must join our fellow Lords and populate these deserted lands, growing our collective forces until we are powerful enough to push back our new enemies. We must fight tooth and nail, capturing and razing their villages one by one and driving them from each Parish we move into. Alone we are weak, but together we can regain control over political positions and finally rid this world of the dark and brutal tyranny that it has already endured for far too long:

  • 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 its castles, scout resources and more!
  • Co-Op – Team up to 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.

Heed my words, the four AI Lords of this new world are more dangerous and aggressive than the ones we remember from our homeland. Invading their territory will not go unpunished, with each village we capture becoming a target to be taken back by force. Never underestimate the vindictiveness of a foul tempered evildoer such as The Rat or The Snake, especially after losing a strategically positioned village and seeing his friends dispossessed of their mighty castles!

Should you withstand the AI's bid for power and hold back their advance, know that further dangers await you on the horizon. With their armies surrounding us the AI will launch invasions from the sea, constantly looking to reclaim power and gain a foothold in vulnerable parts of the isles. Only by working together and consolidating defensive positions across the country can we hope to win…

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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’, latest update 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 its castles, scout resources and more!
  • Co-Op – Team up to 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.

Stronghold Kingdoms: Rise of The Wolf is a special game world featuring classic Stronghold characters, improved AI and PvE (player-versus-environment) gameplay. In this new game mode 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 cooperate to survive. Only by engaging enemy troops to take back villages and winning votes in the political arena can players 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 both land lost 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
29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
95.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Do Not Play This Game! At first the game is fun, super fun. Then it just goes down hill. Most of to game is pay to win. There are heavy carders who seem invincible. AI spawn way too fast to kill. Wolf layers spawn every day and if you're too weak to kill them, overtime thay get op=300 wolves. High people up in rank are horrible they are inactive often and leave their parishes for banit camps, disease, castles, and wolf layers. Going up in honor is pointless except for the research points. If you do not believe I have played the game long enough to know. Go to world 4 and I own Holyhead and I am a Prince 24th in line. Please don't get pulled into this game!
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,056.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Ugh 1,000+ hours of my life gone.... Life is to precious to waste on such a horrible pay to win game.. >.<
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
440.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
One of the worst games. Not recommended!!!
It used to be a good one few years back when people were not using bots to have 10-15 accounts and the game did not add so many game breaking cash shop items. even if you pay hundreds of dollars you are guaranteed to lose when fighting botters with 10 accounts. I would suggest you to move on and play another game. Save your time and money, this game deserves neither
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
1,927.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Don't even get started on this game. Firefly does not take cheating seriously, which gives your enemies unfair advantages. Just take my 20,000 hours of gameplay as a fair warning from an expert. It's addictive, a money pit, a pay-to-win game, and everyone knows it.

Lately, Firefly has even stopped taking third-party support tickets that point out suspected cheaters. Where was my money going to then? If not support, it must be lining the pockets of Firefly executives.

Run. Run away fast. That's my best $0.02
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
pay to win
2/10

I am the alpha and I am the omega
burn forever burn
the kingdom of light

as light fades away we hail the victory
as earth dies in flames we welcome victory

now we are standing among the ruins
we welcome the dawn of new age of man

as light fades to black we hail victory
when night covers the world we hail victory

burn!
as light fades to black we hail victory
when night covers the world we welcome victory
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
138.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
I played this game when it came out of the beta on one of the first worlds, I just recently came back to see how it developed and whether they worked on anything.

On the bright side, it's a fun MMORTS, it's very slow paced and it takes knowledge to be excellt. Teamwork is huge, and you'll find large houses (aka "guilds") battling over terroity, it can get you hooked for a while, but overall I'd not recommend it, for various reasons:

Great concept, but lacking mechanics
This another bugger. The game gets very repitive very fast. You'll find yourself doing the same thing over and over and over, and it gets very tedius. Place the same buildings, send out traders evertime you login, scout resources, clearing some AIs.
The only variation you really get in this game is when going at war with other factions, it's pretty much the one thing that can really give excitement, and it's one of the strong points and while the mechanics are awefully similar, you still need to think about what you do in a war situation instead of just mindlessly sending attacks. If you play smart in war, you will survive.

Overall the concept is really nice, but after seeing how little was done with it, it's a bit say, it could have been a much better game.

Pay 2 Win
It's massively pay 2 win. Premium is cheap, and gives quite the advantage, you can do without, but it also means you don't have to babysit 24/7 just so you can get the next research or building.
This would also be bearable, but the real problem here are cards - while there are ingame systems to obtain cards, such as free cards every 12h (but ONLY after you paid TWICE), and some quests or raids on special AI castles that give you a chance at you card packs, people who just spent TONS of money can buy justwhatever they want.
The more people spend and use cards, the more massive their advantage become; if you bother to look at the maginitude of cards, you can see clearly how advantageous is this - 10x the production, 2x stronger defenses each, lots of instant troops, even instantly building castle defenes.

A good example of this how the most recent world 2 europe just started, and people reached rank 14 within an hour with the use of spamming cards, and the avarage player (even with some cards AND premium), can make it to rank 4 or 5 in the same time; the righer ranks take exceptionally longer to achieve, so the first few are easy, and it would usually take a few days to get to 14.

Poor Developers
As I said I've been returning to this game. It was fun for a while, but after 3 years it was shocking to see how little was done to the game. What has changed in such a long time period? They added quests which give you a one time bonus, ears which are mostly just restarting a world with some slight modificiations and 2 new AI castle types.
Oh right, and don't forget that they existed even more pay to win cards. That's the most important part, they added tons and tons of even stronger cards, you can only recieve when you *BUY* card packs (or get really lucky when you find a card pack in game), the weaker card can be bought for card points, but the really strong ones only found.

It shows they only care about the p2w and money aspect of the game.

On the other hand, did anything in the gameplay evolve to make it fairer or improve it? Nope, nothing. Actually, the one change they made it made even worse, i.e. like captains (an extremly expensive unit) that now disappears after attacking other players.


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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
152.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
p4w
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8 of 9 people (89%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
246.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
As you can see, I have played this game quite a bit.

Since I play using mainly the standalone client, my actual play time is well into the thousands.

That being said : DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME!

The rules are vague, the game is buggy, cheating is rampant and it is a pay to win game of the highest order.

Honestly, go play Clash of Clans, far superior game you can play on your phone!!!

I have been in the winning house on 2 out of 3 Worlds i have played seriously, It isnt worth the time and stress required.

Firefly only cares about how much money they can squeeze out of you, ive seen people literally drop thousands fighting over badly animated pixels.

You have been warned.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
They make it look like you will own some big thing of land in the pictures, but really you have a place the size of an apartment room...
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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
582.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
I like this game..

BUT keep in mind:

--> It's too much time consuming if u wanna be good - especially if u are F2P.
--> U will meet ppl here who think that they hold the ultimate power (even if that's not the case at all not even in-game) who can seriously annoy you.

So i can't really recommend this game without feeling guilty ^^
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Admins not only play the game, but they take sides in it too.
Totally unfair, and they cheat you out of your money.
Not worth a dime....if you'll play, play for free, don't spend money on it.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
with the p2w in this game i could build myself a palace in real life.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
436.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
♥♥♥♥♥♥ community in game. I claimed an inactive village, which also gave me control of the local parish. Within two days, my entire collection of villages were raided and captured by various factions and houses, because I had engaged in an 'act of war' They also blacklisted me in that world. I've created six different villages since then, and each one gets razed as soon as my protection wears off.

Extremely pay to win, yes. But I was fine with that, as I never paid much and was able to make the most of it. However, after these dealings with the community of ♥♥♥♥♥♥ lords in the game, all the money I have invested into this game is now officially down the tube. This game is not worth your time, money, effort, or stress level.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3,890.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
I played in one of the original four worlds of this game, many years ago. I will say that if you put time into it, this can be a fun game.

However, the game is a pay to win game that demands a lot of time, and punishes heavily for ignoring it, typically requiring even more money to recover from mistakes. Even if you do everything right, you will need money.

The communication required to successfully coordinate is staggering. I met people who literally backstabbed each other, and showed so much distrust that they refused to play with each other anymore over a game. If you ever wanted to study how people act when a game has serious stakes, this is probably one of the games to do it.

If that sounds like a game for you, then go for it. However be aware that this game will require money, coodination skills (far beyond what MMO guilds demand),likely a voice chat server, and over a 100 people you can rely on.

Even if you do not plan to win the leaderboards, be aware that if someone wants, they can and will take over your villages. Even if you have nothing to do with a war, you will likely be taken over if you did not properly build your castle.


In Short: If you want a demanding pay to win game that is more about making friends, coordinating, and keeping people from wanting to kill each other, then this game is for you. Do not get sucked in.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
A game I would love to recommend due to It's "Sandboxy" nature, offering superB freedom with superB customization available to both the towns you manage, the castles you make to defend them and even your tech tree. What smashes any hope of this happening however, is the ball-breaking amount of restrictions and limits put on people that can't/don't want to pay for the game.. On a monthly basis. The cheapest you can buy for premium to last 30 days costs about 9€ in total by using the in-game "Crowns".

They start by giving you one or two days worth of premium in an attempt to try and suck you in, and while I personally had fun during this time, I did not manage to accomplish much and once the premium was taken away from me, boy did I get smacked in the face. No more putting research in queues. No more building more than 1 buildings at a time. No more offline activities and no more allowed mistakes if you misplace a building by having an option to move it elsewhere

As my premium was removed, I started poking around in the store and then It hit me - This game is a Pay 2 Win. You buy tokens and with tokens, you can buy: Massive armies, Giant foritications for your castle, Food for your people, Building material and boosts to everything, varying from your stone quarries pumping out twice as much product to your diplomatic influence skyrocketing. 'Oh crap, that's the catch' I said to myself as I started doing more research. "INVITE FRIENDS AND GET CROWNS!" It says in the store with a big fat asterisk missing on this ad to mention that you will ONLY get crowns if the friend you invited spends in-game.


Every ounce of this game is designed around the concepts of people spending frillous amounts of money by gambling with card packs or running out of patience with the overly expensive buildings & their lengthy construction times and cashing out their settlements with the purchase of cards that either add massive amounts of resources INSTANTLY or boost production of them to the point where you don't need to spend any more effort on expanding a product line to suit your needs.

TL;DR: Only play this game If you are willing to accept the fact that It is a factual pay-2-win designed to milk your wallet and nothing else. Is it shiny? Yes, on many parts - But at what cost?
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