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Stronghold: Crusader (PC)

by Take 2 Interactive
Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
 Ages 12 and Over
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Relive the heroic battles of the historic Crusades in four distinct campaigns
  • Lead the heavily armoured European Knights as Richard the Lionheart
  • Master the tactics of the desert while building fortifications of varying heights
  • Experience ruthless medieval combat in a hostile land
  • Protect and defend thy loyal subjects with boiling oil, killing pits, moats, and more
  • Witness unparalleled siege weaponry
  • Storm enemy barricades with over 25 units
  • Design challenging new scenarios to thwart thy friends with map and scenario editor
  • Crush your friends in multiplayer Up to 8 players via LAN or over the Internet

Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00006IZ7P
  • Release Date: 27 Sep 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,967 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Stronghold Crusader is a dynamic "castle sim" set in a distant Arab land that combines the finest aspects of the city builder and real-time strategy genres. In Stronghold Crusader, players journey to lands renowned for brave warriors and fearsome weaponry. The player's challenge is to build and defend medieval desert fortresses and lay siege to fearless enemies. As European nobles or Arab warriors, players must conquer the harsh terrain during the legendary Crusades of the 11th and 12th centuries.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in every respect 6 Jan 2005
By danny d
For those of you who enjoy playing RTS games such as age of empires and empire earth then this is for you.
For those of you who play the above games and prefer defensive play, ie building your city walls and defending at the gate then this game is a must.
basically the object of the game is to build yourself a castle including walls, towers, turrets, death pits, flaming pitch etc and defend from invaders. You can man the walls with archers and dig moats.
You need to collect resources as in other games of this genre but rather than just 'buy' troops the idea is to mine iron to send to the ironmongers who then produce swords and maces which take time. (the same is true of wood and bows).
You can also play the invading army and build huge seige weapons, send tunnellers to collapse enemy walls or laddermen.
I keep coming back to this game and it is highly recommended. This is actually the second in the series and builds on the success of the original. I cant wait for the third installment due out this year but would still advise you buy this while you wait.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant game 10 July 2004
If you like real time city building stratergy, I think that's what it is called, then this is a great game. i bought it over a year ago now and still keep coming back to play it.
I haven't even strated the camapigns yet, I simply like the way you can cutomise your own game, choosing the map, enemy and advantge or disadvantge you get. I love this game.
It can provide hours of fun, strategic thinking and blood thirsty battles, or 10 minutes of tranquil castle building, with no enemy insight)
A great game, well deserves it's 5 stars.
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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its pedigree 24 Oct 2002
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Despite sharing the Stronghold name, and having similar interface mechanics, this contains a completely different game from the original Stronghold, because it focuses on skirmish play, where both you and your opponent (AI or human) have a stronghold and each must try to sack and destroy the other.
I used the word "contains" deliberately above, because there's more than one game in the box. As a bonus, Stronghold Crusader also offers several old-style Stronghold missions, where the computer just launches increasingly powerful attacks against your castle, without having to bother with its own building or resource management. I've just finished one of these campaigns, and the final map was quite challenging - while remaining enormous fun.
For those who never played the original, the game revolves around designing a castle, and gathering enough resources (stone, wood, iron, wheat, etc) to maintain and run it. As well as juggling these resources, you also need to consider gold, population level, and happiness. Added to the mix is the recruitment of troops to defend, and, when the opportunity arises, to counterattack.
The economic model is satisfying but simple; this isn't a game about micro-management, and unlike some, it's not all about the speed at which you can move your mouse to instruct people to start chopping trees or whatever. However, this being desert warfare, resources are limited, particularly oasis areas where you can grow crops. Which just gives you something else to fight over, of course :-)
All the game mechanics (interface, graphics, combat and production systems) have carried over from the original game, with the addition of some extras like the new Arabian units, and the Arabian mercenary post that lets you recruit troops quickly, though at a cost in gold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stronghold: Crusader 5/5 9 Mar 2010
By Borry
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
You can tell from the get go that this game is meant from people that have played the original Stronghold. Sure it gives you a rough idea of what you need to be doing but it doesn't baby you through the first set of missions like the first game does. Considering I hadn't played a Stronghold game for a good few years, I found it a bit overwhelming to begin with. The increase in difficulty was a lot steeper in this then the previous. Once I got used to it again though I found it even more enjoyable then the first.

Plot: Although there's a story to the historical campaigns (brief message at the start and end of each mission), there's nothing in the way of that on the skirmish trail.

The historical campaigns are based on the Crusades (hence the title) but I found them to be incredibly short. The skirmish fights are where the beef of the game is. When working your way through the skirmish fights, you're basically shown your opponents and then fight to be the last one standing.

I did miss the huge story driven missions as they played such a large part in the first game although I'm not sure how hey would of fitted them into the style of game that this follows. For how many skirmish missions there are, I don't think you could have found a plot to fit each one bringing the overall quality of game down in the end.

Game play: Basically you start from scratch and so do your opponents and you have to build you castle and army into something great. You need to balance both the defense and general running or your castle with the attacking and army side of things.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strongholder Crusader
Great game and not at all religionist. I get as much fun slaughtering Crusaders as I do Saracens. And I do so like building complex castles!
Published 22 months ago by Stephen J. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
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Published on 22 Oct 2011 by chupacabraz
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing game
this game is amazing good even still today even though it was first published back in 2002 a decade ago, thats crazy it a modern classic i guess. love this game! XD
Published on 13 May 2011 by ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Castles
I have owned this game peviously and enjoyed playing it. I like the detail and the strategies involved in winning.

A great game which I reccommend.
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by wordy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This game is rather old now so the graphics look terrible by todays standards. That said, the gameplay is just brilliant and is really a perfect RTS game. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2010 by Mr. R. G. Battersby
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sequal
This Stronghold is as good at the first with a few changes that enhance number 1, if you like the first buy this. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2005 by MR JASON BUDGE
5.0 out of 5 stars Crusader
Is far superior to the original in that the game stlye not only containsthe basic seige and invasion maps but also the crusader maps that arebased on a skirmish style of play found... Read more
Published on 21 April 2004 by Glitzy Goose
4.0 out of 5 stars Stronghold: Crusader
This game is a good follower of the origanal. The graphics have stlightly improved and its good that there are more types of troops.
Published on 29 Feb 2004 by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Crusader - what a jaunt!
This has got to be one of the best games available! I have played it no end and have still not gotten to the end of the crusaders campaigns (historical and crusader), nevermind... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2003 by "melanielingard2"
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