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ZOOM Stronghold:
Crusader
Sold Out (Win98/2000/Me/XP) (Mini Retail) (STRONGCRPR)

Publisher: Firefly / Gathering of the Developers

- Blood and violence

Conquer the Heathen...
Repel the Infidel!

With a desert backdrop set during a time of both chivalry and brutality, Firefly Studios' Stronghold Crusader puts you in the role of either the daring and courageous Richard the Lionheart or the cunning and formidable Saladin. Can you fight your way through the blistering desert heat to conquer your opponent's seemingly impenetrable fortress? Will the castle be defended and the invaders repelled in humiliating defeat? Now you can alter the course of history. Stronghold Crusader is the next installment in Firefly Studios' Stronghold series of "castle sims", combining the best elements of real-time strategy and city-building games. Stronghold Crusader builds and improves upon the gameplay of the original Stronghold with the inclusion of new types of warriors and workers, new weapons, and a new desert setting that forces new fighting tactics on the battlefield.

Game Features:

Relive the heroic battles of the historic Crusades in FOUR distinct campaigns - Lead the heavily armored European Knights as Richard the Lionheart and command vast Arabian armies as Saladin, the Sultan of Syria.

Attack the strongholds of fierce rival lords while forging an impregnable bastion of defense during intense Skirmish Mode!

Experience ruthless medieval combat in a hostile land where Assassins silently slay their victims, Horse Archers combine deadly accuracy with frightening speed, and common Slaves can shift the balance of power!

Protect and defend thy loyal subjects from the horrors of Greek Fire with Water Pots, Fire Watchmen, Moats, Killing Pits and more!

Storm enemy barricades with over 25 units including Arabian Swordsman, Teutonic Knights, and Grenadiers!

Witness unparalleled siege weaponry including mobile Fire Ballista, imposing Siege Towers, crushing Trebuchets, and destructive Mangonels just to name a few!

Design challenging new scenarios to thwart thy friends with the full-featured map and scenario editor!

Crush thy friends in an ultimate crusade for the crown! Battle up to 8 computer and human lords in multiplayer Skirmish Mode via a LAN or over the Internet.

Conquer the Skirmish Trail - 50 linked skirmish missions, each one more challenging than the last!

Setting

1187 Saladin, leader of the vast Arabian armies, has retaken the city of Jerusalem from the European invaders that have occupied it for most of the last century. Much of the rest of the Middle East also falls to Saladin in a sweeping military triumph that wipes out the European victories of the First and Second Crusades. Saladin proclaims western rule of the region at an end.

1189 The recently crowned King Richard I reorganizes the European armies and embarks on a Third Crusade to halt Saladin's advance and retake lost territory. The fierce bravery displayed by the outnumbered and outgunned armies led by Richard would earn him the title of "The Lionheart", but he would only partially succeed in his goal of restoring European rule to the Middle East. With the fight at a stalemate and Jerusalem remaining in Saladin's hands despite a lengthy siege, King Richard finally agrees to Saladin's terms for cease-fire.

1192 Peace - but for how long?

King Richard

Known in folklore as "the absent King", King Richard I spent much of his reign away from his English home battling the vast armies of the Arabian peninsula in the Third Crusade. Over time his reputation for fierce bravery in the face of an overwhelming enemy gained him the title of "The Lionheart" after his outnumbered army had captured Jaffa and re-established a base for future operations in the region. Such was Richard's courage and valor in war that upon making peace with his arch-enemy Saladin (whom he had fought to a stalemate), legend has it that the leader of the Arabian armies felt such respect and admiration for the King that if the middle eastern territories would ever fall completely to the Crusaders, he wished it would be Richard The Lionheart leading the charge.

Despite his reputation for courage and bravery, Richard I was also a ruthless and brutal military leader. Upon his return to England, his actions during wartime were enough to land him in a German prison - only to be released after a ransom was raised with the help of none other than Robin Hood himself.

Saladin

The leader of the Arabian armies was renowned as both a fierce warrior and a generous and compassionate king. Born in Mesopotamia of Kurdish descent, Saladin quickly rose to power and united the Arabian lands with a series of dramatic victories over the European rulers that had taken much of the Middle East in the Second Crusade. However, it was Saladin's years-long battle against King Richard I that made him the stuff of legend, as his armies drove off the crusading invaders whose aim was to recapture the territory they had lost, ultimately forcing a peace agreement that left most of the Middle East locked in Saladin's grip. Saladin, a formidable military strategist and strong leader, is equally celebrated for his humility and chivalry.

Saladin respected his foes and, as one story goes, even had his soldiers carry ice to comfort his enemy Richard The Lionheart when he fell ill with fever.

Requirements:

Processor: 100% PC Compatible Operating System: Windows™ 98/Me/2000/XP CPU: Pentium™ II 300MHz (550MHz preferred) RAM: 64MB RAM CD-ROM: 8X Speed Hard Drive Space: 850MB Graphics: DirectX 7.0 compatible 4MB video card Sound Card: DirectX 7.0 compatible sound card Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft™ compatible Modem: 56K (For Internet Play).



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