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Generally favorable reviews- based on 270 Ratings

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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.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
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  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. Game Informer
    90
    For those who eat, sleep, and live strategic defense design and implementation, Stronghold should be number one on your to-get list. [Jan 2002, p.94]
  3. Computer Gaming World
    90
    Stronghold’s deft mix of economic, building, and combat challenges makes it one of the best strategy games of the year. [Feb 2002, p.79]
  4. PC Gamer
    82
    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. 80
    Its defensive focus and thoughtful, non-click-fest combat are unusual, and are its main strengths.
  6. netjak
    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. Next Generation Magazine
    60
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. ColinP.
    May 13, 2003
    10
    It rocks!
  2. 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 hardMy 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
  3. JamesH.
    Feb 18, 2002
    10
    Very good, needs more cheats!
  4. Aug 31, 2015
    10
    There's just something about this game that touches my heart. The way it takes you from being just another lord of a small holding, sendingThere's just something about this game that touches my heart. The way it takes you from being just another lord of a small holding, sending out hunters to feed your demesne, to the leader of a full blow loyalist rebellion. Dumping oil on people is pretty fun too. RIP in peace Lord Woolsack. Expand
  5. Sungwing
    Jul 9, 2002
    9
    Great game with realistic graphics. Bad thing is no different unit formation. Otherwise its a must have.
  6. Oct 12, 2018
    9
    Even today this game is fun and if you are a really gamer, you should get to know this classic game. I like the gameplay, that is a bit uniqueEven today this game is fun and if you are a really gamer, you should get to know this classic game. I like the gameplay, that is a bit unique in comparison to other strategy games. The happiness of the citizens is the most important ressource and you need to keep an eye on it all the time. The AI is not so good btw.

    The atmosphere is great, so you feel you are in the middle age and everything fits well together. The intro is very funny btw..

    The economic campaign is short and very hard. Unfortunately it has a trial and error element, because there are many scripted events. Yes, they are frustrating and you need to manage them. So loosing is part of the gameplay here.
    The military campaing is much longer and the beginning is much easier, so it is better to start that.
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  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 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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