YMMV / Stronghold

  • Awesome Music: Stronghold is full of beautiful medieval-style music.
  • Contested Sequel: The series starting from Stronghold 2 had suffered this situation among some of the fans.
  • Game-Breaker: You can make a fort, closer to the enemy stronghold, around your catapult so it can only be pelt with arrows. In maps that have enemy spawn points, you can build towers close to those points. This allows you to attack their units before they even walk into the map. This was rectified in later versions of the game.
    • Somehow when fighting AI, you can build industrial building with intention to block entrance/gates of enemy, making them choose between keep the blocked gate or tear down their own gates and towers.
    • In Stronghold 2, flaming logs are astonishingly destructive when employed in castle sieges. They have a huge range, crush everything in their path, and are fairly cost-effective to boot.
    • Massed mobile ballistae in Stronghold Crusader are expensive, but lethal to everything weaker than a large formation of armored knights.
  • Love to Hate: Some of the enemy Lords such as Wolf or the Caliph can have this reaction with fans.
  • More Popular Spinoff: Arguably Stronghold Crusader, where it's the first to have HD remake, and later, sequel.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Anytime you're reminded that you lack a material to build something.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound of your advisor may be taken as sexy, or, more likely, just amusing. May also be Most Annoying Sound, for some.
    • Whenever the advisor declares the player as the greatest lord, you know that you have superiority over all your other weak lords.
    • When an enemy Lord dies, he makes a dying sound along with a defeated message that made the players feel good about defeating the Lord.