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FireFly Studios' Stronghold is a combination of a building simulation (like SimCity) and a real-time strategy game. The player can build and conquer castles, populate lands with his peasants and defend his country from invaders. The game has two principal modes, simulation and invasion. In simulation, the player just builds castles and villages, without troubling himself with warfare. In invasion mode, one has to use tactical combat to defeat his enemies. The opponents are Duc de Puce, Duc de Beauregard, Duc Truffe and Duc Volpe, also called "the Rat", "the Snake", "the Pig" and "the Wolf", respectively. They all have different personalities and styles of combat, with the Wolf being the toughest adversary by far.


FireFly Studios' Stronghold Windows Beautiful view
FireFly Studios' Stronghold Windows Training
FireFly Studios' Stronghold Windows Meeting Duc le Puce ("The Rat")
FireFly Studios' Stronghold Windows Scenario editor

Alternate Titles

  • "要塞" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Twierdza" -- Polish title
  • "Stronghold" -- Common title

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User Reviews

Simply a fantastic game Windows Kate Jones (453)
Great game my liege! Windows Depth Lord (933)

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mac Gamer Macintosh 2002 85 out of 100 85
Game Informer Magazine Windows Jan, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov 26, 2001 84 out of 100 84
PC Zone Benelux Windows Jan, 2002 80 out of 100 80
Game Watcher Windows Aug 11, 2003 8 out of 10 80
macHOME Macintosh 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamezone (Germany) Windows Oct 18, 2001 7.8 out of 10 78
GameSpot Windows Nov 02, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Jan, 2002 70 out of 100 70


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Christmas shopping reference

There is an interactive voice in the main menu that reminds the player of Christmas shopping 10 days before Christmas.

Variations on different markets

The German release has the campaign storyline set in Germany instead of England. Some versions of the game also have differences in the menu interface and the Pig's appearance (sometimes his head is covered).

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