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FireFly Studios' Stronghold

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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 Title screen
FireFly Studios' Stronghold Windows A workshop for crossbows
FireFly Studios' Stronghold Windows Beautiful view
FireFly Studios' Stronghold Windows Defending our town

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

Macworld Macintosh Sep 01, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mac Gamer Macintosh 2002 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov 26, 2001 84 out of 100 84
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2001 84 out of 100 84
ActionTrip Windows Nov 16, 2001 81 out of 100 81
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Feb 09, 2007 16 out of 20 80
macHOME Macintosh 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania.de Windows Oct 23, 2001 79 out of 100 79
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Nov 16, 2001 78 out of 100 78
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Oct 22, 2001 15 out of 20 75


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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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