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 You can press the default key "Space" in order to have a better view on the units you posess. This can also be useful when selecting units behind a wall (inaccessible without this trick)
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 As usual in the Stronghold games, AI characters can send you messages.
FireFly Studios' Stronghold Crusader Windows Fire can be used as a great defensive force. But it can also be used as an even greater offensive force!

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

Game industry News (GiN) 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Games (Germany) Oct 21, 2002 85 out of 100 85
Power Unlimited Dec, 2002 84 out of 100 84
IGN Oct 08, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84 Oct 01, 2002 81 out of 100 81
CanadianGamer Jan 31, 2003 79 out of 100 79 Oct 01, 2002 79 out of 100 79
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2002 77 out of 100 77
PC Zone Benelux Nov, 2002 75 out of 100 75
Joystick (French) Oct, 2002 7 out of 10 70


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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