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Tuesday, September 25, 2001

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Stronghold Preview, PC Demo
10:10 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A PC demo for the city builder/RTS title Stronghold was released over the weekend; as you might suspect, this indicates the game's development is going well, and the developers hope to release the full version for the PC next month. While there are no specific details yet on how MacSoft will port this game being made by Firefly Studios, it is obvious that the Mac port can progress much faster with a "fixed" code base, so the release of the PC version is good news in that sense.

PCIGN has posted a preview which offers many details on Stronghold, reflecting the experience of playing through a late build of the game. Topics discussed include the basic strategy for getting "up and running" in the game, a rundown of the different elements and units, and how the game strikes a balance between economic and combat strategies. Here's an excerpt:

So after you've been briefed about what to expect and received your mission goals, you'll be plopped into the game screen and right into the middle of your mission. At this point you'll need to start preparing for the anticipated assault. That's right, in this game, it's all about defending your castle and its inhabitants. You'll have a bit of time before the enemy attacks you in most cases, but not long so you'll need to get food production rolling as soon as possible. There'll be several waves of the persistent little buggers coming at your walls with one final end all battle. You'll actually be able to see how far you've got left until the final surge from the enemy (which will entail the largest force) comes on the objectives screen. A bar will fill up green as time goes along and when it reaches the end, the final attack is launched. There are some times when you'll already have a castle that needs protection, but we'll go through the basics so you have a pretty good idea what to expect.
Check out the rest of the article if you're interested in Stronghold. We're attempting to get a status update from MacSoft on the state of the Mac version of this game, and we will bring you the details as soon as we have them.

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