|Publisher(s)||Take Two Interactive|
|Release date(s)||July, 2002|
|Game mode(s)||Single Player|
Multiplayer (IPX, TCP/IP or Modem)
Stronghold Crusader (SHC) is the successor to Stronghold released July 2002.
The medieval mixture of city building and real-time strategy of Stronghold continues with Stronghold Crusader. The twist: this time it's the Europeans, led by the ruthless Richard I, invading Phoenicia and Palestine to confront the forces of Islam, led by the cunning Saladin. Players take command of either side and engage in fierce tactical combat including open field battles, sieges, and campaigns.
During the Third Crusade, Christian forces invaded the Holy Land, captured Jaffa, then stalled and failed to capture Jerusalem. They fought several bloody battles and countless skirmishes against Saladin, but neither side won a decisive victory. Eventually the cost of maintaining an army so far removed from Europe forced a peace accord and a withdrawal of forces from both sides. Saladin was made to sign the peace treaty, and re-allow access to the Holy Land for Jewish and Christian pilgrims.
Stronghold Crusader offers players a chance to control either side and rewrite the history book during four extensive campaigns. Utilize many of original Units and new units including: Assassins, Horse Archers, Slaves, Fire Ballista, Fire Throwers, Arabian Swordsmen, Slingers, Fire Throwers. A scenario editor allows the creation of new maps and missions, while the multiplayer options allow eight-player battles over LAN or the Internet.
There is also a Skirmish mode that allows you to fight against up to 7 enemies and have allies (computer and human alike) to become the ultimate ruler of the desert. Each player can request help and goods from their teammates, as well as play a set of pre-recorded taunts to intimidate their opponents.
|Stronghold Crusader Buildings|
|Castle Buildings||General||Wall • Tower • Barracks • Mercenary Post • Armoury|
|Military Buildings||Engineer's Guild • Mangonel • Ballista • Stable • Tunneler's Guild • Oil Smelter|
|Defenses||Gatehouse • Drawbridge • Wardog • Pitch Ditch • Killing Pit • Brazier • Moat|
|Industry Buildings||Stockpile • Woodcutter's hut • Stone Quarry • Ox Tether • Iron Mine • Pitch Rig • Market|
|Farm Buildings||Hunter's Post • Dairy Farm • Apple Farm • Wheat Farm • Hops Farm|
|Town Buildings||Hovel • Chapel • Church • Cathedral • Apothecary • Well • Good Things • Bad Things|
|Weapons Buildings||Fletcher's Workshop • Poleturner's Workshop • Blacksmith's Workshop • Tanner's Workshop • Armourer's Workshop|
|Food Processing Buildings||Granary • Bakery • Brewery • Mill • Inn|
|Stronghold Crusader Units|
|Barracks||Archer • Spearman • Maceman • Crossbowman • Pikeman • Swordsman • Knight|
|Mercenary Post||Arabian Bowman • Slave • Slinger • Assassin • Horse Archer • Arabian Swordsman • Fire Thrower|
|Engineer's Guild &|
|Engineer • Ladderman • Tunneler|
Portable Shield • Catapult • Fire Ballista • Trebuchet • Battering Ram • Siege Tower
Mangonel • Ballista
|Related Articles||Peasant • Weapons • Horse|
|Stronghold Crusader / Stronghold Crusader Extreme Characters|
|Stronghold Crusader||The Rat • The Snake • The Pig • The Wolf • The Sultan• The Caliph • Saladin • Richard The Lionheart|
|Stronghold Crusader Extreme||Emperor Frederick • King Phillip • The Sheriff • The Abbot • The Marshal • The Wazir • The Emir • The Nizar|
|Stronghold Crusader / Stronghold Crusader Extreme Game Modes|
|Single Player||Skirmish Trail • Historical Campaigns • Custom Skirmish • Castle Builder|
Stronghold Crusader is considered to be one of the most successful games of the Stronghold franchise. Its unique gameplay and setting was widely well-regarded among fans and players. Two sequels were spawned to both deviate from and carry on with the core gameplay:
- Stronghold Crusader Extreme is an extended version of the base game, which introduces new mechanics to broaden gameplay experience.
- Stronghold Crusader 2 brings its roots from the base game, while replaying the desert experience in 3D with the addition of new units, mechanics and characters.
Stronghold Crusader is often referred to as an anchor in discussions of later games' aspects and topics. The game has a solid fanbase even these days.
- Operating System: Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP
- Processor: 300mhz (550mhz+ preferred)
- Memory: 64MB
- Hard Drive: 850MB
- Video: 4MB DirectX 8.1 Compatible
- Sound: DirectX 8.1 Compatible
- CD Rom: 8x Speed
- Modem: 56k (for Internet Play)
- Single-Multi-Player Demo v1.1 88 MB from GamersHell
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|Main series||Stronghold • Stronghold 2 • Stronghold 3|
|Crusader series||Stronghold Crusader • Stronghold Crusader Extreme • Stronghold Crusader 2|
|Spin-off series||Stronghold Warchest • Stronghold Kingdoms • Stronghold Legends|