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Description

As the conflict between the gods Odin and Loki deepens, the latter prepares to unleash the Ragnarok - a full-scale attack on the world that would eventually end it. A warrior named Ragnar is initiated into the Odinsblade, an order of warriors whose task is to protect the runestones, magical artifacts that have the power to bind Loki. Ragnar must also defend a neighboring village from the attack by a viking called Conrack, and eventually decide what fate this world should await.

Rune is a 3D action game. The player navigates Ragnar through hostile areas, killing predominantly supernatural creatures with melee weapons. Ragnar can use swords, axes, maces and hammers. Each weapon has a special "Rune Power" that can be activated for a short time by gathering energy from runes. Ragnar is also able to equip shields. Multiplayer is included as well, in which each player controls a character equipped with various weapons, in a fashion similar to Ragnar.

Screenshots

Rune Windows Conrack the Betrayer and Sigard the Great are out to conquer the world. Of course, it's up to you to toss their pint.
Rune Windows Sark Ragnar in an epic clash against Sark Conrack in front of the Runestone
Rune Windows Fighting a Wendol snowbeast with a torch... not a particularly smart move
Rune Windows First person view: Sigard's army of viking warriors are your worthiest opponents, but you won't be facing them for long

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Руна" -- Russian spelling
  • "Rune: Viking Warlord" -- PS2 title

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User Reviews

Are you ready to Ragnarok? Windows Atomic Punch! (149)
Somewhat enjoyable, linear 3rd person actionfest Windows ShadowShrike (303)
Norse Mythology & Vikings + Huge Axes = Slashing Fun Windows MA17 (194)
Worth the time it took to learn what the hell i was doing... Windows MrSuperGod (58)

Critic Reviews

Gamer's Pulse Windows Nov 26, 2000 89 out of 100 89
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Dec 22, 2000 8.75 out of 10 88
4Players.de Windows Nov 07, 2000 83 out of 100 83
games xtreme Windows Nov 22, 2000 7.6 out of 10 76
GameSpot Windows Oct 27, 2000 6.7 out of 10 67
PSM PlayStation 2 Oct, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Mac Gamer Macintosh May 10, 2001 3 out of 5 60
macHOME Macintosh 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Aug 23, 2001 4 out of 10 40
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation 2 Oct 13, 2001 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

While the game was winning favorable reviews with many sites at the time, including a 9 out of 10 at the old gamecenter.com site, oldmanmurray.com wrote an unflattering, but very hilarious review which slammed the game in every way possible. The reviewer even starts by claiming the game almost made him switch hobbies from gaming to model railroading. Oldmanmurray.com later posted a very sarcastic "Rune Review Rebuttal" in which they attempt to justify some of the great reviews the game was getting.

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