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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Mixed (6,442 reviews) - 68% of the 6,442 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 27, 2012

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April 14

New Game World

'Global Conflict 2' Now Live

World Launch

Stronghold Kingdoms' largest game world yet, Global Conflict 2 features fresh gameplay in the form of a grander scale and renewed emphasis on PvP combat. Fundamental to Kingdoms' design, PvP is the focus of this new world. Global Conflict returns to the game's roots as an online battle of wits, nerve and resources between Lords and Ladies.

Players must strategize amongst themselves to take and hold everything from small islands and city states to huge countries and entire continents. Experience true grand strategy by taking one of 151 different countries in this new, massively expanded playable game world!


To celebrate today’s launch we are also giving away the below bundle of in-game prizes to 151 lucky Stronghold Kingdoms players, one for each country on the new world map!

  • 10 Random Card Packs
  • 5 Super Random Packs
  • 5 Ultimate Random Packs
  • 1 Premium Token (30-Day)

To enter simply follow these instructions:

  1. Go to Stronghold Kingdoms on Facebook
  2. Share the ‘Global Conflict 2 Now Live’ news post by clicking ‘Share’
  3. Comment on the post (Remember to include your Kingdoms username!)
  4. Like the post by clicking ‘Like’

151 winning players will be chosen at random after the competition ends at 09:00am GMT on Thursday April 21st. These lucky players will be revealed and their prizes given a day later on Friday, April 22nd.

Please Note: To join Global Conflict 2 players will need to log in, click on the blue 'Select World' button, find Global Conflict 2 in the list of available game worlds and click 'Join'.

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February 4

Island Warfare

Ships, Changing Sea Conditions and a New World Map
Island Warfare

  • New 'Island Warfare' game world with changing sea conditions
  • Movement between islands effected by tail winds, rough seas, violent storms and more!
  • Battle across 38 islands, 18 provinces and 99 counties.

Turn the oceans red by waging war across 38 tropical islands with new, changing sea conditions! Players must fight for a single kingly throne avoiding rough seas and the occasional hurricane as they attack, scout and trade across a medieval archipelago.

Conditions change daily with tail winds, rough seas and violent storms either slowing or accelerating the progress of attacks, trade ships and scouting parties as they move between islands. Attacking forces may catch a strong tailwind and obliterate their enemies in the blink of an eye. Traders can double their earnings in a single day by all casting off while conditions are favorable. Scouts on the other hand could be so heavily delayed by storms at sea that, upon returning home, find their actions have sparked a conflict that has destroyed their home!

Old strategies, routines and timed attacks will be rethought as players adjust to the changing pace of this new game world and fight for control of the high seas. Lords must plan ahead to discover new tactics to take and hold individual islands, with control of the seas decided to some extent by the strategic positions taken at this early stage in the game world. Remember that sea conditions are distinct from existing in-game weather events and won't influence village popularity, with their effects limited to movement speed.

Please Note: To join the new 'Island Warfare' game world players will need to log in, click on the red 'Select Special Worlds' button followed by 'Island Warfare 1'.

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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: 'Global Conflict 2'

151 countries are ripe for the taking in our largest ever game world! Find a quiet tropical coast on which to farm peacefully, trade your way to building an industrial empire, talk your way onto the throne with a silver tongue or spend every waking hour waging world war. Global Conflict 2 is your chance to take part in true grand strategy and rule over your very own Kingdom.

Whether you or your House hope to dominate a small island, city state or entire countries these new lands are now yours for the taking. So bring your greatest warriors, spies and traders! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to claim Global Conflict 2 for your own!

Please Note: To join 'Global Conflict 2' players will need to log in, click on the blue 'Select World' button followed by 'Global Conflict 2'.

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
Helpful customer reviews
192 of 224 people (86%) found this review helpful
89 people found this review funny
2,314.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
I'm not even good at this game.
maybe because i've only spend 5 bucks on it.
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109 of 122 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
2,895.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
After almost 3000 Hours i can say this game was good shortly after the launch. But it went more and more into the pay2win area. They released more and stronger cards the whole time. I quit the game because i just couldnt afford the amount of cards i need to keep up with the other strong players anymore.
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70 of 82 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
412.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
Is fun for a little while but the game is ruled by a couple houses that are mostly asses. Huge time waste.
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75 of 90 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2,489.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2015
Tired of pay to win games
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50 of 58 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
553.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
Stronghold Kingdoms is a possibly one of the most P2W games I have EVER played almost to the point that it becomes hilarious. Let me explain.

I played the game across 4 game worlds have hundred of hours and spent the £6 it takes to get the 2 free cards a day. I feel this isn't too unreasonable for what is effectively a glorified browser game(that runs through it's own launcher). However I couldn't be more wrong.

It seems in each world in SHK there are literally a handful of hyper elitist, epeen obsessed, ego ♥♥♥♥♥s that have paid hundreds if not thousands of actual currency to roflstomp everyone who hasn't bowed down instantly to them. You can't defend against this level of P2W you just accept 'oh my village and castle i took a month to create will be gone in 1 second and have to start over'.

But don't just take my word for it, download the game and look in most of the worlds you will see about 85% of them are totally dead ruled by above described players. Firefly gets around this by creating a new world every now and then so the p2w can continue.

The carding P2W system allows you to for example: get to top rank of a new world in roughly 30 minutes (this takes months if you are 100% F2P), repeatedly raise a maximum sized army instantly, boost speed across the map to ridiculous levels, oh and gain totally unrestricted amount of in-game resources.

The Devs don't appear to care about the level of p2w as, as I understand the game is run by a small team. At the end of the day, why actually put any effort into creating a fair game when you can sit back and let a few whales pay your salaries right SHK devs?

On a plus side the game still has the unique art style that made the early Strongholds great, but then this isn't surprising as most of this game has been ripped straight out of those early titles.

To summaries I haven't written this review in a moment of rage, more of sadness that yet another once great game studio that brought us great titles back in the day such as Stronghold 1, Crusades and Stronghold 2 has descended into the excrement of the F2P P2W market. I'd say the devs should take a good long look at themselves, as Firefly does have the history and potential to make good old school (almost indie?) games.

Edit: 23.04.2016

Just to update this review, I decided to try this game again to see if anything had changed and if my review was still relevant. Needless to say it has got even worse.

I played a totally peaceful role helping players where I could and not getting involved in any of the faction dramas that generally happen at the start of a new world.

By day 10 I have been deleted from the game world with no warning by a player that has paid a lot of money to get to almost top rank already (only day 10 remember).

On asking him why he did this I was greeted by a torrent of offensive language and general elitism about "he can because he paid" and how anyone who hasn't spent the amount of money he has in the game is garbage. I believe in psychological fields this is a classic case of a real world inferiority complex manifesting in an online environment.

As I said in my original review the devs seem fine with this level of pay to win, which in turn encorages these types of nasty individuals to group together.

So I still do not reccommend anyone try this game. Unless of course you like to make up for failings in your life by spending ludicras amounts of money in online games for self gratification no one else is willing to give you in the real world.
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