Stronghold Warchest (PC/ENG)
Stronghold Warchest | PC | 1.46 Gb
Genre: Compilation Strategy | Publisher: Take-Two Interactive
Stronghold is a historic real-time strategy (RTS) game developed by Firefly Studios in 2001. The game focuses primarily on conquest and expansion through military pursuits, but also provides space for economic strategy and development. There is both an economic and a military campaign to be played and both are discussed in the game manual. The game takes place in Medieval England and Wales around the time of AD 1066, though, since there is not always a time limit, scenarios can continue hundreds of years beyond that date.
A combination pack of Stronghold and Stronghold: Crusader, called Stronghold Warchest was later released with all patches applied, new maps, and a new campaign trail and AI characters in Crusader.
The second installment, Stronghold: Crusader, was released in September 2002. The gameplay is similar to the first game, but with enhanced RTS elements and with all maps and missions set entirely in the Middle Ages in the Middle East. The focus was radically influenced by fortification and siege technologies developed during the Crusades. The entire campaign, as well as the Conquest Trail game mode, takes place during the Third Crusade.
Unlike the original Stronghold, however, there are four separate, linear campaigns. The game does take history into effect: Saladin and Richard I of England are present as the games AI characters for the player to side with or against, together AI personalities. In addition, the player is allowed to play either as an Arabic lord or as a European king with little effect except which units the player begins with.