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Stronghold Crusader

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Stronghold Crusader
Stronghold Crusader cover
Firefly Studios
Retail Take-Two Interactive
Retail Gathering of Developers
Retail (Extreme) Gamecock Media Group
Retail (Collection) 2K Games
HD Firefly Studios
Release dates
Windows September 27, 2002
macOS (OS X) November 1, 2012
Metacritic 78
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Free-roaming camera, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres Building, Simulation, RTS
Themes Medieval, Historical, Middle East
Series Stronghold
Stronghold Crusader on HowLongToBeat
Stronghold Crusader on IGDB
Stronghold Crusader on MobyGames
Stronghold Crusader on Wikipedia
Stronghold (2001) 2001
Stronghold Crusader 2002
Stronghold 2 2005
Stronghold Legends 2006
Stronghold Crusader Extreme 2008
Stronghold 3 2011
Stronghold Kingdoms 2012
Stronghold Crusader 2 2014
Stronghold: Warlords 2021
Stronghold: Definitive Edition 2023


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Stronghold Crusader is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view, free-roaming camera and isometric building, simulation and RTS game in the Stronghold series.

In 2003, the game was included in a US-only compilation with the original game, titled Stronghold Warchest, with a unique build and an exclusive extra singleplayer trail. In 2008, the game was re-released as Stronghold Crusader Extreme with a special executable featuring new singleplayer content and poorly received gameplay changes, but with the Warchest version of the original made available internationally for the first time. Both were updated to the HD version in 2012 with bug fixes and widescreen support.

General information

Official Discord server for game series
Official support portal
Stronghold Heaven - a fan site for the game Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM in the original release and SecuROM v7 DRM in Extreme. The HD patch removes the DRM for both.
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Stronghold Crusader HD
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Stronghold Crusader HD
Stronghold Crusader HD. Comes bundled with the original retail release.
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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Stronghold Crusader HD
Humble Store
Stronghold Crusader HD
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DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Stronghold Crusader HD. Also available as part of The Stronghold Collection.
Windows (unavailable)
Stronghold Crusader HD.
All versions can be upgraded to Stronghold Crusader HD for free with the HD patch, which adds widescreen support, bug fixes, retail Warchest edition content, and Extreme content for the 2002 release users).
Free demo versions of the original and Extreme releases are available from GameFront.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.


Type Notes
No microtransactions Game does not contain any microtransactions.

Version differences

Stronghold Crusader is the original 2002 release.
The version of the game from the Stronghold Warchest compilation (bundled with Stronghold (2001)) includes exclusive AI lords and a second skirmish trail.
Stronghold Crusader Extreme is a 2008 variant that includes the Warchest version of vanilla Crusader and a special executable that contains its own skirmish trail, as well as gameplay changes like auto-training units and a support power charger.
Stronghold Crusader HD is a 2012 version of both Crusader and Crusader Extreme that is updated with widescreen support and bug fixes. Free upgrade for owners of previous versions.

Essential improvements

Official HD patch

The official patch will upgrade a retail copy of Stronghold Crusader or Crusader Extreme to Crusader HD, with all content featured in the latest build. The latest version, 1.4.1, can be downloaded here.

Unofficial Crusader Patch (UCP)

This patch offers a range of updates, from small balancing tweaks to all new features. Its download and source code can be found here.

Skip intro video

Delete/move/rename video file
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\binks.
  2. Delete, move or rename intro.bik.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Stronghold Crusader\crusader.cfg
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Stronghold Crusader Extreme\crusader.cfg
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/40970/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Stronghold Crusader\Saves\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Stronghold Crusader Extreme\Saves\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/40970/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


Video settings (HD version)
Video settings (HD version)

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Resolutions up to 2560x1600.[1] For the original release, install the official HD patch.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Depends on game speed; up to 90 FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


Audio settings (HD version)
Audio settings (HD version)

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, FX, Speech
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
HD version only


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
8 Versus
Online play
8 Versus
GameSpy services have been shut down;[2] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300-2400, 47624
UDP 2300-2400
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
2D with dgVoodoo 2, no vorpx profile is required for 2D.

Issues fixed

Game fails to launch on Windows 10

Install DirectPlay

Missing tactical powers on 1360x768 (Extreme)

Stronghold Crusader Extreme Tactical Powers.png
The tactical powers bar is not displayed while playing at 1360x768.
Change the resolution[3]
  1. Set a lower resolution before starting the mission.
  2. Change to 1360x768 during the mission.


The steps must be repeated for each mission.

Wrong scaling

Change Windows scaling to 100%.
  1. Open Windows display settings.
  2. Set scale to 100%.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7.0
OS X only.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.1c
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.2h
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 850 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data: