Stronghold Kingdoms is a free-to-play MMORTS developed and published by Firefly Studios.
Stronghold Kingdoms takes place in a real-world setting located in Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and other countries in that area in medieval times. The combination of classical RTS mechanics and long-term development planning creates a unique experience for players.
At the beginning of the game, players can manually choose where to start their adventure. They can zoom-in and zoom-out to see other player's villages or kingdoms. There are both crowded and empty locations around the map.
After selecting a spot on the map, players begin their journey with a single building as a villager. At this stage of the game, players start to build the village, harvest resources to improve the economy, and scout the area around the town to find better spots for buildings and mines.
Popularity is one of the determining factors in how fast your village grows. High ranks attract more peasants to move to the town and therefore increase the development speed. Popularity rate is affected by different factors, such as tax rate, food rations, ale rations, and so on.
This game mechanic directly affects another Stronghold Kingdoms feature, which is the honour system. All of the players start as a simple farmer, and they can earn honour points to raise to higher ranks and develop their village further. Alternatively, there is an opportunity to spend honour points on PvP battles. There are several ways of getting honour points, such as completing in-game achievements, keeping popularity ratings high or resisting attacks from other players.
The Technology tree is a crucial part of Stronghold Kingdoms. At the beginning of the game, the player receives a fixed amount of research points, which will be replenished with every new level. Also, there is an opportunity to purchase points for gold, but the price will rise with every purchase. You can spend the points on the research of new technologies from the research tree. These open up new buildings, food types, units and more.
During the game, players continuously unlock new troops, which can be used for castle defence or combat. Attacking another player in Stronghold Kingdoms always costs honour. The number of required points depend on the players' ranks. There are various attack options available to players depending on their research tree development and status, such as:
After the attack, the game will update both players honour rank, and the attacking player might receive downgrade of the status. This feature prevents the player from battles until the honour level goes back to positive.
Moreover, the social aspect of the game includes not only war and battles, but also Alliances, factions and clans. It allows players to develop new trade routes, discuss strategies and chat with other players around the world.
Another aspect of Stronghold Kingdoms is the strategy cards feature, which can affect almost all areas of the game. For example, it can enhance the building's production rate, the strength of walls, or how quickly you can build a troop. The cards can be obtained by completing in-game achievements or by purchases in the cash shop.
Stronghold Kingdoms is suitable for both hardcore and casual players. The active community keeps the game world always alive, and your success in this world depends only on your strategy skills.