FireFly Studios' Stronghold 2 (Windows)

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The sequel to Firefly Studios' acclaimed castle building and management sim offers 3D graphics and many new gameplay elements. It retains the mix of a construction/ management game with real-time strategic combat in which the player either lays siege to his opponents or defends his castle against them.

The campaign is again divided in two parts: the more peaceful part in which management is the primary concern of the player, and the military campaign in which the player fights to restore order to the troubled kingdom of England. However, there is some limited fighting in the peaceful campaign (mostly beasts and bandits) and the player must definitely know how to build a good economy to support his army in the military campaign.

The game also offers additional modes of play, such as Kingmaker, Free Form play, multiplayer skirmish and others. There are also many ready-made historical castles which the player can either besiege or defend.


FireFly Studios' Stronghold 2 Windows A siege at maximum zoom-out.
FireFly Studios' Stronghold 2 Windows The Keep can be a simple wooden hall or a grand stone tower.
FireFly Studios' Stronghold 2 Windows Peasants patiently stand outside the Keep, waiting for job openings.
FireFly Studios' Stronghold 2 Windows The main menu shows a detailed 3D model of the Castle Lord

Alternate Titles

  • "要塞2" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Twierdza 2" -- Polish title

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So close to being impressive... Kyle Levesque (932) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameStar (Germany) May, 2005 86 out of 100 86
Gameplay (Benelux) May, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Gamigo May 10, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82 May 09, 2005 15 out of 20 75
GamesFire May 23, 2005 71 out of 100 71
PC Action May 09, 2005 70 out of 100 70 Apr 29, 2005 65 out of 100 65
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) May 05, 2005 62 out of 100 62 Apr 22, 2005 12 out of 20 60
Armchair Empire, The Jul 31, 2005 6 out of 10 60


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    • Issue 02/2006 - Most Sophisticated Patch in 2005 (because it was included as extra CD in the game box)

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Silverblade (1413) added FireFly Studios' Stronghold 2 (Windows) on May 24, 2005