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Wednesday, June 12, 2002

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IMG Posts Stronghold Review
2:30 PM | Mike Apps | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a review of MacSoft's new medieval strategy game, Stronghold. The game is described as a mix of three gaming styles - ruler sim, city builder and RTS.

Here's a snippet from the review:

So, what about offense? How exactly does one destroy a castleís defenses? Letís just say that thereís more than 1 way to skin a peasant. On those missions where offense is called for, there are numerous tools at the playerís disposal. For example, engineers can be called upon to build siege equipment, such as the catapult, trebuchet (REALLY big catapult), ballista and siege tower. Unlike siege equipment in a game such as Age of Empires II, siege equipment in Stronghold must also be manned and operated by engineers. Trebuchets donít magically activate themselves, they require 3 engineers in order to load, aim and fire. Of course, any engineer manning siege equipment is 1 less available for building siege equipment. Once built and operated, trebuchets and catapults can do a number on anyoneís best-laid defenses.

Aside from being able to launch heavy boulders that crush castle walls and the occasional peasant, trebuchets and catapults have a whimsical side use. In order to thin out the ranks of those hiding behind their motherís skirts inside the castle, itís possible to launch dead cows over the walls, spreading disease and sometimes-instant death from above. I ask, what other game can deliver the whimsy of flying cattle corpses? None, my friends! Ladders and siege towers may also be used to quickly scale a castleís walls. Itís even possible to command men to tunnel under walls and fill in pesky motes for easy crossing. Just about anything goes when it comes to breaking an enemyís fortifications.

If you're into strategy games, be sure to check out the rest of our review. If you like what you hear, you'll be happy to hear that Stronghold can be obtained from the IMG Store for $34 - if you're a MacGames CD subscriber. Otherwise, the game costs $39.

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