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Mixing the gameplay of Civilization and similar games into real-time and with a 3D view, players must build up a small village in the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy universe into a Stronghold. How much micro-management you wish to do is up to you; the computer can take care of much of it.

You recruit and train Fighters, Thieves, Clerics and Magic Users to venture out and claim more land and resources, which include removing hostile forces. Take control of food supply and the production and management of buildings including castles, markets and magic schools.

Your victory condition is based on your alignment: Lawful players must advance to the rank of Emperor, Chaotic players must destroy all enemy strongholds, and Neutral players must do both!


Stronghold DOS ...through their experienced years.
Stronghold PC-98 Characters have D&D-style portraits
Stronghold DOS Part RPG, part city-management. Stronghold not only keeps tabs on you, but also how well your city is flourishing under your rulership.
Stronghold PC-98 Standing peacefully on a lake shore...

Promo Images

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Stronghold Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

  • "Stronghold: Kingdom Simulator" -- Tag-lined title
  • "D&D Stronghold: Kingdom Simulator" -- re-release title

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User Reviews

A truly revolutionary game that is head and shoulder above the competiton. DOS Eric Post (2)
A classic strategy, a prelude for the genre DOS John Woolly (2)
Excellent combination of several gaming elements. DOS gametrader (229)
Awful, simply awful DOS Kate Jones (453)
If I could only have one game this would be it!!!!!......!!!!!! DOS Jerry Mills (1)

Critic Reviews

PC Joker DOS Sep, 1993 87 out of 100 87
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 87 out of 100 87
Power Play DOS Sep, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Play Time DOS 1993 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) DOS Sep, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Play Time DOS Oct, 1993 82 out of 100 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Oct, 1993 9 out of 12 75
Score DOS Jan, 1994 72 out of 100 72
PC Player (Germany) DOS Sep, 1993 69 out of 100 69


Topic # Posts Last Post
Wrong GOG link 1 Simon Dor (16)
Feb 22, 2014


Although some may consider them overly simplistic compared to Advanced Dungeons&Dragons rules, Stronghold performs well with the bare bones Dungeons&Dragons rules. That's the reason why there's only three alignments and demi-humans' sole 'jobs' are their 'race'.
Contributed to by Cavalary (8440), Tony Van (2665), Terok Nor (24117) and Unicorn Lynx (174057)