Stronghold Kingdoms also known in short as SHK is a real time game of strategy based on the concept of building themed medieval castles. It is an online social game where players work together to overrun neighboring parishes while engaging in simple trade of items with each other. The objective of the game is to establish a highly populated and well defended commercial town complete with a castle.
Players start off by choosing a real world country and town on the game’s map. You can choose to defend and promote the honor of your real life hometown or your favorite town in the world. Like other strategy games, SHK begins with a slow pace which involves tasks such as working with woodcutters and stone-cutters to bring in the necessary building materials before you can begin rearing animals.
With a fully built town you can then start trading with your neighbors or even going to war against other counties to increase the reach, wealth, and influence of your parish in the region. Getting the hang of the game may appear difficult to newcomers or anyone who has never played similar strategy games but fortunately there are several Wikis online that will help you understand the gameplay and other important aspects of the game.
Stronghold Kingdoms has many features incorporating several themes such as castle design and construction, architectural skills, economic planning, agriculture, industrial management, politics and military organization. Your success mainly depends on your ability to defeat computer generated challenges and enemies as well as on your capacity to team up with other players. It has other gameplay elements that will determine how successfully you fare on. For example, communication is essential for your advancement in the game which is why players are introduced to the game with a tutorial about resources and skills necessary to build a strong foundation for your city.
The game has classes too such as captains who perform the military duty of capturing and plundering enemy villages. Players also get a Coat of Arms designer and information on how to plan attack formations. As you progress in the game, you can join factions or create your own faction. Each faction can furthermore join a House which is a class with its own color and banner. A House gains points which allow it to control other parishes or countries by completing “glory” challenges against other Houses. Glory can also be gained after successful completion of each quest.
In comparison to other strategy games such as Conquest 4, Angry Birds, Might & Magic: Duel of Champions, Strongholds Kingdoms has a better user rating among players because of its great functionality and appearance. It is different to the average strategy game because actions here take place in real time.
Stronghold Kingdoms is a deep strategy game that lets you wage battles and establish commercial links with other players on a real world map. You can even leave the game to play in the background while you continue with other tasks. This provides a more relaxed experience while playing the game which is not available in other strategy games. Stronghold Kingdoms is a great choice for everyone who enjoys endless challenges in a game of strategy and war.
About FireFly Studios
Stronghold Kingdoms was developed by Firefly Studios as a continuation of the Stronghold series. Its first Alpha test was done in 2009 and involved 150 players. After running the beta version of the game for close to two years, Stronghold Kingdoms was officially released on October 17, 2012.
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