Stronghold Crusader

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Stronghold Crusader
Stronghold Crusader cover
Firefly Studios
Take-Two Interactive
Gathering of Developers
Release dates
Windows July 31, 2002
macOS (OS X) July 31, 2002
Stronghold Crusader at Wikipedia


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
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General information

Official game page
Official Firefly Studios game page
Official forums
Stronghold Wiki
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[Note 1].
macOS (OS X)
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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Stronghold Crusader HD
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
All versions can be upgraded to Stronghold Crusader HD for free with the HD patch (adds widescreen support, higher quality graphics, and various other additions).

Essential improvements[edit]

Official content[edit]

All downloads for the game (patches, demos, etc.) can be found on the developer's official download page.

HD patch[edit]

This official patch will upgrade a retail copy of Stronghold Crusader to Stronghold Crusader HD.

It can be downloaded here.

Skip intro video[edit]

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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Stronghold Crusader\crusader.cfg
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/40970/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Stronghold Crusader\Saves\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/40970/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings (HD version).
Video settings (HD version).
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Resolutions up to 2560x1600.[3] For the original release install the 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

Input settings[edit]

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
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
8 Co-op, Versus
Online play
8 Co-op, Versus
GameSpy services have been shut down;[4] see GameSpy for workarounds.
Asynchronous multiplayer

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.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game fails to launch on Windows 10[edit]

Install DirectPlay
  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Click on Programs
  3. Under Programs and Features, click on Turn Windows Features On or Off
  4. Wait for the list to load, then scroll down to Legacy Components
  5. Expand Legacy Components and you should see an item come up called DirectPlay
  6. check the box next to DirectPlay

Missing tactical powers on 1360x768 (Extreme)[edit]

Stronghold Crusader Extreme Tactical Powers.png
The tactical powers bar is not displayed while playing on 1360x768.
Change the resolution[5]
  1. Set a lower resolution before starting the mission.
  2. Change to 1360x768 during the mission.


The steps must be repeated for each mission.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
OS X only.
64-bit executable


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

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 850 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/40970/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (40970) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.