||(Win98/2000/Me/XP) (Mini Retail) (STRONGCRPR)
Publisher: Firefly /
Gathering of the Developers
- Blood and violence
Conquer the Heathen...
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.
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
Attack the strongholds of fierce rival lords
while forging an impregnable bastion of defense during intense Skirmish
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
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!
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?
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
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.
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
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