Stronghold 3 for Mac
OS X 10.6.6 or later
Age Rating: 9+
Like its predecessors, Stronghold 3 is a strategy game in which you are put in control of a castle and a bunch of peasants. You then get to play king of the castle, building up your defences while gathering resources and keeping the peasants happy so they’ll work and fight for you.
The main military campaign sees you fending off attacks from The Wolf. This builds up to some exciting battles, but the game puts a strong emphasis on resource management so you’ll have to spend a lot of time tending farms and chopping down trees before your army is ready.
The pace of the game isn’t helped by the speed at which your troops move. This means that Stronghold 3 is very much a game for the thoughtful player.
A secondary ‘economic’ campaign gives you the task of rebuilding an Abbey and restoring the local economy in the aftermath of war.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
Strategy gamers who want medieval military mayhem should perhaps look at the faster-paced WarCraft 3 or Empire: Total War. However, Stronghold 3 will offer a challenge to players who like to concentrate on the fine detail of building and planning.