- Awesome Music: Stronghold is full of beautiful medieval-style music.
- Broken Base: The series since 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.
- 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.