Long story short, this game sucks. It is a prime example of what not to do when designing games.
Stronghold Kingdoms is a very large download for what it is, which is a browser-based resource management game. It feels like a Facebook-oriented game with all the "invite a friend" bonuses, premium features, and piss poor social features. I'll get back into the social features in a second.
The game has a very cluttered menu, but I honestly had no problem finding my way around it. Everything has an alternate text pop-up description, so if you don't know what something is, leave the mouse over its icon for a second. You'll get all the information you need.
I managed to get Aeris Gainsborough as my name. I'm such a nerd.
The game offers very little for socializing with other players despite its marketed genre of MMO strategy game. What it does offer is resource trading and a simple message board that does not even work. Whenever I tried to post a message, it appeared to post what I wanted to say, but it popped up with a server error and did not actually post anything.
The game has so many ideas thrown together that it even has a card shop. You use "card points" to buy cards to give yourself resource-gathering bonuses and combat bonuses. These cards do not make the game any more bearable. I think the cards make the game more annoying. I did not download a Stronghold game to mess with cards!
I do not recommend this game to anyone. It was a complete waste of my time. It is not even educational as a "what not to do" resource, because it is just another "social game" disaster. We've all seen it before. That said, it is much worse than City of Wonder. My suggestion is to just spend the $4 to get the old Stronghold and Stronghold 2 games.
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