Stronghold: Crusader II

An RTS set in medieval and a sequel to the 2001 hit strategy game, Stronghold. In Stronghold: Crusader II, players once again take role of a leader of medieval armies fighting in the Middle East during the crusades. Similarly to is predecessor, the gameplay focuses on ruling one's fortress, including the management of resources and workforce, building fortifications, and building an army to defend your stronghold, but also laying siege to enemy castles. Developers from FireFly studio aimed to implement bigger maps and many new types of units. Another novelty is a multiplayer co-op mode, which effectively allows you to divide ruler's duties between a military commander and an administrator.

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Stronghold: Crusader II

Stronghold: Crusader II | PC

Strategy, Economic, RTS, the middle ages, multiplayer

Companies responsible for Stronghold: Crusader II

FireFly Studios | game developer

FireFly Studios | publisher   Official website

Stronghold: Crusader II release date for PC:

game language:

23 September 2014 | Worldwide

23 September 2014 | Europe

23 September 2014 | USA

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1 - 4
Game score 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 1296 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.3 / 10 calculated out of 1923 players' votes.  

Stronghold: Crusader 2 is a real-time strategy which is also a continuation of game created in 2002 by the British FireFly studies, which started the Stronghold series.


In Stronghold: Crusader 2 the players portray the commander of the army in the Middle East in the era of the Crusades once again. The player is a member of the Western knighthood or Arab forces. The main purposes of the game are managing castles, repulsing attacks and conducting military operations on a large scale. Similarly, to the previous version of the series, the players have to learn many elements connected with managing the stronghold. Some basic activities are for example, feeding the population and knights and providing them proper equipment, etc.


In the game has been developed many elements from the first part of the game. In this part, the players have to face with opponents that are more intelligent and make a use of new maps. What is more, the FireFly studio has introduced additional traps, units and plans of castles. The plans have been done on a very large scale so siege gains monumental proportions.

Crusaders and Arabs fractions have received ten new units - each of them is equipped with passive and active special abilities. Among new types of units, you can find: Sergeant-at-arms, the Templar Knight, Whirling Dervish, Slave Driver, Sassanid Knight, the Healer, the Fire Ballista and more.

Stronghold: Crusader 2 is powered by a new graphics engine. From the visuals point of view, the game world is presented very detailed with lots of effects and what is more, the game can show the extensive physics system off. There is also added the possibility of free rotation of the camera and there was improved user interface.

The participants of the game share common reserves of resources among controlled aspects of the game. There are wood, agricultural products and animals. The economic and military aspects are so powerful that the decision about sharing them is never obvious.

Game modes

The game allows players to manage the castle jointly in a cooperative mode. They control only a castle and share responsibilities. One of the players is involved in managing the economic side and the other military. The communication between them is done using the integrated voice chat service provided by Steam.

System requirements

Recommended: Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB (GeForce 8800 GT or better), 4 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Stronghold: Crusader II mini-campaigns trailer

Stronghold: Crusader II mini-campaigns trailer | 0:34

Zwiastun dwóch mini kampanii (Delivering Justice, Freedom Fighters) w grze Stronghold Crusader II.

Stronghold: Crusader II Game Guide

game guide 23 October 2014

Stronghold Crusader 2 guide contains detailed information about the single player, as well as online gameplay.