Developer: Firefly Studios
Current Version: 1.1.2
Last Updated: 12 months ago
Download Size: 4.1 GB - Download
Stronghold 3 is the long-awaited third installment in the award winning castle-building series.
This is the single player (play against the computer only) version.
Set 10 years after the original, the Wolf it seems, has cheated death and during his painful recovery he’s become even more bitter and twisted. Now he seeks revenge. Raiding villages and towns during the dead of night, the Wolf has created a tide of panic and you and your allies are the only force that stand against him.
In this stunning new update to the world’s favorite Castle Sim - will you triumph by day or die by night?
Build and manage mighty castles with an improved building system allowing unprecedented levels of realism and intricacy.
Realistic physics and cutting-edge graphics make siege warfare more brutal than ever.
Watch your village spring to life in an amazing depiction of medieval village life.
Story-driven gameplay engages players across two campaigns: combat or economic.
Dramatic night time sieges add a new dimension to the Stronghold franchise.
Attack or defend accurately re-created castles from the pages of history. Will you succeed where others failed?
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher
2 GB RAM
ATI HD 2600, NVidia 8600 or better with minimum 256 VRAM
Intel HD3000 not supported.
6 GB HDD space
Fixes for Yosemite
General bug fixes
Most Helpful Reviews
AMAZING GAME - I have been playing the Stronghold franchise since the very first version and I have to say that I cannot understand the complaints. The game is miles above and beyond the first two versions and is simply amazing to play. The graphics are second to none and the game play is logical and fun. I will say that there's no doubt that unless your computers' specs are equally amazing, you might have a hard time with this game. It really demands alot of processor power and memory. That said though, if you have a computer that's up to snuff, then you'll LOVE Stronghold 3!
Sad - I downloaded this because I felt, "Well, it can't possibly be THAT bad! I'll play it so that I can vindicate it in the reviews." Sadly, it is that bad. This is AWFUL. It's an insult to the franchise. Sure, it looks pretty, but that's about the extent of its virtue. There is no single player skirmish or multiplayer mode, so replayability after the (pretty boring) campaign (I could only stand the first three chapters) is presumably nonexistant. There are a measly four, FOUR free-build maps - no random maps, no map editor, nothing. Just the four pre-built maps with no enemies, challenges or… anything interesting at all. Aside from that, why are workers with low morale more productive? How is it that the soothsayer and the jester consume no laborers, while the logging camp requires 4? There are no tooltips to provide any information whatsoever (number of laboreres, amount of production, etc.). If I had not played the previous 2 "Stronghold" titles, I would have no idea of how the supply chain works. The location of houses on the map arbitrarily (it seems) changes the number of people that can live in them. Though it is both expensive and rewarding on paper to build the church, (a happiness boost), nobody ever goes there. The poor priest just stands there all by himself generating happiness so that people will move to the castle so they can go to the nice church with the lonely priest - and then they forget about him. Another stupid/annoying aspect of the game is that there is no way to upgrade your keep. You could build Windsor Castle and the keep would still be this depressing thatched hut sitting there in the middle of stone ramparts. For that matter, there is no way to upgrade anything. Need more candles? Build 2 more chandler's workshops. Can't hire an apprentice or anything. Need more wheat? Don't research any technlogy concerning better plows or yolks for oxen, just build more farms. What else… oh, there is no way to adjust mouse sensitivity. This is a big deal because rotating the camera is far, far too touchy. As far as I can tell, there are no keyboard shortcuts. Pathfinding is atrocious. In the first chapter of the economic campaign, a bear comes along. I sent my lord after him and he followed him around as if he were following a treasure map or something while the bear was 20 feet away mauling my apple farmers to death. Maybe he has cataracts or something, though he looks to be pretty young. It was positively comical. None of my love is lost on this disaster. I have a suspicion that this game, like so many these days, fell prey to its corporate overlords who rushed it through production. The lack of multiplayer, the absense of skirmish mode, the nonexistence of a map editor, the convoluted happiness/morale system and lackluster (I'm being generous) AI combine to make this title a supreme disappointment. On the other hand, it runs GREAT on my late 2011 15" MBP (2.4Ghz i7, 4GB RAM, 1GB Radeon HD 6770M). PS - I've found that enemies will often get "stuck" on top of my buildings. By "stuck", I mean that they are in the vicinity of a building (so far, I have experienced it with the stockpile, lumber yard, hops farm and pig farm) and cease to move about. This wouldn't be so bad, but they just sit there and snipe my villagers, picking them off one by one AND I can't touch them. I tried surrounding one guy with a dozen troops to no avail. The only way to kill the bugger is to demolish the building, kill him, and rebuid, which gets to be expensive. A bug such as this in a major title in 2012 is embarrassing. Please fix this mess or take it off the market so that no other users get suckered in.
More Reviews for Current Version
Started Bad, then got worse. - I played this game years ago with version 1 and thought I’d give version 3 a try. BAD IDEA. It’s so buggy it’s unplayable. The graphics are nothing like the Trailer videos and the frame rate is a joke. There are even advertised features that are NOT in the game. SO, I tried to email the company to see what my options were. Guess what? Their Email Support Portal is BROKEN! Yes that’s right. They can’t even program their email to work! I tried to follow up via Facebook and saw another user had posted the same problem a MONTH earlier! As far as I could see they had never replied to his post. Firefly Studios doesn’t even have the game on their website anymore. Can’t find 7Sixty. And MissingLink Games are, well, missing. Don’t waste your money on this terrible terrible game or this terrible terrible company.
Disappointing - I used to play Stronghold Crusaider when I was younger, that game was awesome. Saw this and figured it would be the same or better since it was made after Crusaider. Disappointed for sure, no skirmish option, campaign is terribly written, finally the gameplay is incredibly frustrating. The difficulty comes from stupid units not from challenging senarios. Still searching for a good RTS that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Why do game designers only re-release bad games?!
Crash, crash, crash - I loved the old original Stronghold and was looking forward to this version. It’s crashed three times from the Options screen and I couldn’t even get three steps into the Tutorial before it crashed again. A game isn’t worth $9.99 if you can’t play it because it keeps crashing.
Finest game ever made. - This game is perfect in both design and execution. Aside from the crashing and other issues it’s 100% perfect.
No Multiplater or Skirmish Mode!!!! - This is just a single player game. No AI skirmishes or multiplayer. Gets boring really fast when you have nobody to battle.