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FireFly Studios' Stronghold Crusader (Windows)

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Firefly Studios' Stronghold Crusader is the standalone expansion pack to the 2001 Stronghold. In Stronghold Crusader the player can play as either the legendary Richard the Lionheart or the formidable Saladin. A mix of real-time strategy and city-building games, the game's desert setting requires strategies adapted to the environment and its lack of water. There are 50 skirmish missions to be fought in sequence. The 25 units include assassins, archers and fire throwers, and (in something of an anachronism) allow for suicidal charges.

As with the original Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader includes a scenario and map editor. Multiplayer with up to 8 players is available via LAN or over the Internet.


FireFly Studios' Stronghold Crusader Windows In the Crusader Play menu, you can select to play either a skirmish game, or a Crusader Trail.
FireFly Studios' Stronghold Crusader Windows Saladin is the strongest Arabic lord in the game.
FireFly Studios' Stronghold Crusader Windows In the "Allies screen" you can trade with your allies and give them orders.
FireFly Studios' Stronghold Crusader Windows The skirmish game screen. Here you can start a skirmish game, select your opponents, allies and more. In the image we have a classic arabic vs. crusader lords game :) 2 Teams.

Alternate Titles

  • "Twierdza: Krzy┼╝owiec" -- Polish title

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A fun real-time castle building game. Tony Maki (12) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Oct 21, 2002 85 out of 100 85
ActionTrip Oct 04, 2002 85 out of 100 85
Gamesmania.de Oct 01, 2002 81 out of 100 81
Clubic Oct 10, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Armchair Empire, The Dec 15, 2002 8 out of 10 80
CanadianGamer Jan 31, 2003 79 out of 100 79
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2002 77 out of 100 77
PC Gamer UK Nov, 2002 76 out of 100 76
PCG Nov, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 2003 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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The Bonus CDs were provided to individual retailers for an incentive to consumers to purchase that specific chain's version. Notable figures Sheriff of Nottingham, King Phillip and Emperor Frederick were provided as detailed AI opponents - along with their unique castles for the player to skirmish with.

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Lady_of_Magick (246) added FireFly Studios' Stronghold Crusader (Windows) on Oct 22, 2002