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Game #1079
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Stronghold    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Strategy   God game or micromanagement

Rating: 8.66 (1263 votes)

Stronghold box cover

Stronghold screenshot
A great tactical-level strategy game set in the AD&D ruleset, this game's formula is SimCity meets RPG. Build and expand cities, recruiting dwarves, elves etc. while fending off standard AD&D monsters. The game broke new ground not by giving you godlike control over town expansion, unit production, and resource harvesting – since that had been a mainstay of earlier fantasy wargames – but by displaying all the action in real-time from the bird's eye view that's similar to Bullfrog's classic Populous, only much more detailed. Each townsperson has his or her own individual traits, and you can always click on them to find out who they are and what they think of you as their ruler. As in RPGs, troops gain experience and levels with every battle won, and wizards gain access to more powerful spells. Overall, Stronghold is a very polished fantasy strategy game that, sadly, undersold. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Don L. Daglow
Developer: Stormfront Studios
Publisher: Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI)
Year: 1992
Software Copyright: Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI)
Theme: Fantasy
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Fantasy Empires, Dominus, Celtic Tales: Balor of Evil Eye

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