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  • Summary: Set in medieval Europe, players establish settlements, build and manage castles and engage in siege warfare. The game incorporates much more building and "community managing" than a traditional RTS, yet allows for a more intense combat experience than city builders have featured in the past. [GodGames] Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. This is a great combination of fun, education (you never know when you might need those siege tactics in Tesco's) strategy and resource management that is a fantastic addition to the sim stable.
  2. Graphics and animations are charismatic, and it is truly enjoyable to build, defend, and even siege the greatest citadel in the land.
  3. Before now there have been some strategy games set in medieval times, but none has captured the essence and flavour of the period like the superb Stronghold.
  4. It borrows from the proven models of other successful games, and puts them in a new venue. It’s fun, deep, and bug-free. [Jan 2002, p.70]
  5. Its defensive focus and thoughtful, non-click-fest combat are unusual, and are its main strengths.
  6. 71
    While I totally think the game could have been a hundred fold better by corrected the AI issue, it is still a safe buy for most gamers and recommended for novice to intermediate RTS fans.
  7. An excellent title that manages to bring the middle-age “hobby” of castle building to the modern-day gamer. [Jan 2002, p.93]

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
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  1. ColinP.
    May 13, 2003
    10
    It rocks!
  2. NineteenShadow
    Dec 11, 2002
    10
    Very addictive and the map editor makes it so u can play it 4ever plus there r plenty of ready made maps and missions 2 download. It is great 4 multiplayer 2. Expand
  3. ValentinoW.
    Feb 1, 2002
    10
    This game is the best.
  4. Oct 21, 2013
    10
    My old favorite spend every day playing multiplayer at home after school good memories. glad they bring back these great games Games is hard and challenging mission better than crusader, but multiplayer went back a bit. Expand
  5. DennisDunk
    Jun 21, 2003
    9
    It's a good game and can keep you on your pc for ages, but i feel that when you have completed the campaigns, we should get 1 extra and a lot more things to achive!!!! Expand
  6. ChrisS.
    Mar 9, 2004
    9
    Good multiplayer - Nuff said!
  7. JamesD.
    Mar 18, 2003
    6
    Cool game, which is addictive for a while, but eventually gets stale. Most levels "de-volve" into testing the pc's AI, and exploiting it's glitches. The resource management is average at best, and the isometric view can be very frustrating at times, especially when you leave a tiny "invisible" gap in your castle wall that the enemy instantly bee lines to from miles away. That said, if you don't mind restarting levels often, the game can be somewhat fun. Expand

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