23 Games Like Stronghold

Games Like Stronghold Our assembled list of games like Stronghold has other historical real time strategy games that focus on expanding through warfare.

Stronghold started in 2001 and now has many games under its franchise including a number of spin off games that have almost been as successful as the core games. These spin off games include the popular Stronghold Crusader and Stronghold Kingdoms that stay true the core series but shift the focus of gameplay slightly.

All the games though stick to focusing on providing something realistic in a historical setting (medieval). The franchise definitely encourages you to wage warfare rather than engage in diplomacy with your enemies.

While you’re economy does play an important role you’ll find little room and time to negotiate with your enemies, something that has made the series a popular choice for many gamers who prefer the direct approach when it comes to real time strategy.

The games like Stronghold here all feature similar historical settings that let you engage in medieval warfare. Similar to the Stronghold formula they have a focus on fighting other players as opposed to creating a relationship with them, making these titles ideal for those that prefer to make war rather than peace.
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Empire

Empire (Empire: Four Kingdoms for iOS and Android) throws you right into the heart of battle as your build the ultimate fortress, grow a powerful army, capture enemy outposts and create a thriving economy. At the heart of Empire is an MMORTS experience, a genre that is saturated with similar medieval themed titles. However, Empire offers a few unique perspectives on the genre (some good and some bad) to try offer something different in the market which has ensured the game is consistently ranked...[Read Review]

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Stormfall: Age of War

Story driven and browser based strategy game don’t usually go hand in hand but Stormfall: Age of War changes all that by introducing a strong storyline supported by voice acting to enhance your whole experience. Set in a mystical land of Darkshrine you’ll find yourself in a chaotic game world, you’ll seize control of the empire as the bravest and most experienced champion in the land in hopes of returning the empire of Stormfall to its age of glory. The castle and its citizens are now in your ha...[Read Review]

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7.5 User Avg (112 votes)
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Stronghold Kingdoms

Stronghold Kingdoms aims to change up the classic MMORTS formula by focusing on wars between medieval castles all across ancient Europe.  With plenty of depth and strategy to explore it’s a good option for fans of the franchise and newcomers. In Stronghold Kingdoms you’ll have multiple elements to master from economic to military and even political. All of these systems are really in depth and unpredictable due to the MMO style of the game that constantly has you adapting to the persistent game ...[Read Review]

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Throne: Kingdom at War

Throne: Kingdom at War has you playing as the Lord of a mighty kingdom as you take control of a strategy game with all the usual mechanics thrown in, giving you plenty of opportunity to grow your kingdom. Available in your web browser and mobile (iOS/Android) Throne: Kingdom at War continues the growing collection of Plarium strategy titles. Most comparable to Game of War: Fire Age Plarium has opted for a game that definitely was designed with mobile in mind although browser players will still b...[Read Review]

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7.2 User Avg (51 votes)
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Age of Empires III

Marking the third game in the highly successful Age of Empires (AoE) franchise Age of Empires III continues the strategic routes of the series while making several interesting gameplay mechanic designs that provide light RPG elements. While Age of Empires III has not seen the longevity of it’s popular younger brother (Age of Empires II) in the multiplayer scene the title has still been rated positively by the community. In terms of single player campaign Age of Empires III focuses in on th...[Read Review]

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Age of Empires II

Age of Empires II belongs to the hugely success AoE series of real time strategy games. Launching back in 1999 the game saw a HD release in 2013 with a few minor changes to gameplay, most notably an increased population cap (200 to 500). The game explores the Middle Ages with over a dozen playable civilizations from that era that each come with their own unique technologies and strengths which creates a huge number of strategies for players to use in the competitive environment which has helped ...[Read Review]

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Cossacks: European Wars

Cossacks: European Wars is an RTS game developed for Windows and released in 2001. The game is very similar to Age of Empires and is well known for its large number of units which are available. The game also has a number of expansions available which are available in one collection, the Cossacks Anthology from GOG. The game features plenty of historical battles and 16 civilisations for players to use (20 with all the expansion packs) so there is no shortage of different styles for players to ex...[Read Review]

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Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds

Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds takes the Star Wars franchise into the RTS game genre. The game uses the same engine as Age of Empires (1 and 2) so it has a very AoE style feel to its gameplay. It was released in 2001 with an expansion (Clone Campaigns) being released a year later, adding two new factions and campaigns. The original game lets you take control of several factions including the Rebels, the Empire, the Gungans, the Wookies, the Trade Federation and the Royal Nabbo. Every faction ...[Read Review]

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Rise of Nations

Rise of Nations was released back in 2003 but is still considered to be one of the most popular and successful real time strategy games of all time. The game manages to offer vast strategic depth while also being very accessible to players, an achievement that not many RTS games have been able to replicate since. Rise of Nations was developed by Big Huge Games with an expansion pack (Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots) and spin-off game (Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends) also being developed ...[Read Review]

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The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II is set in the LOTR universe and offers a real time strategy experience for Windows and the Xbox 360. The game lets players explore both a good and evil campaign letting you experience the game world from both sides. The game is very similar to the previous games in the series (and most other RTS experiences) with players constructing their base from humble beginnings, gathering a number of resources, researching technology, building defensive...[Read Review]

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8.8 User Avg (33 votes)
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Age of Mythology

Age of Mythology (or AoM) is a real time strategy game based on the Age of Empires series which offers a mythology based spin off to the otherwise historical RTS franchise. Exploring the legendary myths of some of the greatest civilisations of time such as the Greeks, Norse and Egyptians players will experience similarly robust campaign structures that draw from the legends of this civilisations rather than factual events across more than 30 game scenarios. Further content is available through t...[Read Review]

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Empire Earth

Empire Earth (EE) offers a great RTS experience and is the first game in the franchise. The game was developed by Stainless Steel Studios for a late 2011 release with an expansion pack (Art of Conquest) released in 2002 (purchase the Empire Earth Gold Edition to get the original and the expansion). Gameplay in Empire Earth is very similar to that of the popular Age of Empires series, featureing a historical based setting (although eventually takes players to a near futuristic setting). Don’t sim...[Read Review]

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Company of Heroes

Company of Heroes (CoH) is a WW2 real time strategy game released in 2006. The game was developed by Relic Entertainment and has plenty of historic battles for players to battle through. Company of Heroes lets players take control of both the allies and the axis with the single player campaign focusing on historically accurate American battles surrounding the battle of Normandy. While both play in a similar manner they have a number of differences that creates different optimal strategies. The g...[Read Review]

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Warfare Incorporated

Warfare Incorporated is an older real time strategy game that originally released in 2003 for a range of operating software including Palm OS. With the advent of mobile devices the game was eventually ported over to iOS and Android devices to carry over the legacy of the game while also releasing as an open sourced version called Hostile Takeover (available on GitHub). Warfare Incorporated is set far into the future where the world has been reduced to two super corporations fighting for control ...[Read Review]

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The Settlers Online

The Settlers Online is a free browser based strategy game with gameplay that falls somewhere between Age of Empires and the online strategy genre. The game manages to somehow stay true to the roots of other Settlers games while moving into a freemium browser game which is definitely no easy task considering the huge number of poor quality games in this genre. Players of the original Settlers games will no doubt be able to reminisce as they collect the necessary resources to expand beyond their t...[Read Review]

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Impossible Creatures

Impossible Creatures lets you create your own army of strange creatures from and then test them out in a real time strategy environment. Offering an experience unlike any other Impossible Creatures has a captivating and unique game loop that revolves around creating your own units and testing them on the battlefield. Impossible Creatures was released in 2002 and developed by Relic Entertainment which does mean the fantastically unique game design is offset by some technical limitations of the ti...[Read Review]

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7.9 User Avg (24 votes)
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Empire Earth II

Empire Earth II builds on the popular original and delivers a strong real time strategy experience with plenty of new additions to the epoch based experience that sees you control units from the stone age to the synthetic age. Empire Earth II development was handled by Mad Doc Software who created the expansion pack for the original Empire Earth game so players are in safe hands for this expansion of the series. In Empire Earth II players can complete one of three available campaigns which focus...[Read Review]

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Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends

Serving as a spin off title to the popular Rise of Nations title, Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends is a real time strategy game that attempts to blend the worlds of fantasy magic and technology together into one. Despite the change in setting the game stays closely to the original Rise of Nations experience although does shed some of the deeper 4X and turn based elements which purists of the original may hold dear. The game is not just a trimmed down version though and instead uses this space fo...[Read Review]

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Supreme Commander 2

Supreme Commander 2 is the second game in the Supreme Commander series of real time strategy games that explore modern and futuristic warfare with a focus on vehicle combat. The game takes place in a futuristic setting and is available on Windows, Mac and Xbox 360 with backward compatibility available for Xbox One. Supreme Commander 2 takes you through three different campaigns as you command the United Earth Federation, the Illuminate and the Cybran in battle. Each of these campaigns has their ...[Read Review]

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Supreme Commander

Supreme Commander is a real time strategy title that was been born out of the success of Total Annihilation, an exceedingly popular 1997 strategy game. Centred around mechanical units known as Armoured Command Units (ACU) it’s a futuristic war like adventure. In this future setting humanity has also reached a point of space travel which makes it possible to jump across the galaxy quickly through an invention known as the quantum gateway. With the ability to travel the stars the United Eart...[Read Review]

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Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance

Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance is a stand alone expansion to the original Supreme Commander title, this standalone approach was used in order to alter gameplay features, add additional units and improve performance over the original release. Set in the same futuristic setting where humans have achieved space travel through the use of quantum tunnels, capable of sending ships from one side of the galaxy to the other near instantaneously. This has in turn led to many human colonies across the ...[Read Review]

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Space Colony

Set on the otherside of the galaxy that we know with limited resources a powerful corporation has sent a crew of explorers to survive and eventually turn a profit for themselves. With this base deep in alien territory you’ll have to keep these explorers safe from the hostile alien threat that circles your base. Part simulation game Space Colony requires players to not only expand their base but also keep their colonists happy. With each having a mind of their own and a paycheque that they ...[Read Review]

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7 User Avg (18 votes)
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Nords: Heroes of the North

Nords: Heroes of the North is Plarium’s next MMORTS adventure, taking the best parts of their other popular titles, tweaking the formula and adding a different setting the Nords is a challenging and visually pleasing addition to the saturated genre. Nords: Heroes of the North takes place in the land of Shingard, a land that is on the edge of being plunged into an eternal winter by the evil Ice Queen and her army of the undead. Standing between her and this almost inevitable fate are the Northmen...[Read Review]

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