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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.


Rune Windows First person view: Sigard's army of viking warriors are your worthiest opponents, but you won't be facing them for long
Rune Windows Loki, the God of Evil, in the flesh
Rune Windows A familiar scene?
Rune Windows Sigard's dark vikings and Conrack's Loki guards like to whack each other almost as much as they like whacking you

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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

Game Informer Magazine Windows Dec, 2000 9 out of 10 90
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
PC Player (Germany) Windows Nov, 2000 83 out of 100 83
GameZone Windows Oct 30, 2000 8 out of 10 80 Macintosh Mar, 2002 4 out of 5 80
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Sep, 2001 7.25 out of 10 72
GameSpot Windows Oct 27, 2000 6.7 out of 10 67
macHOME Macintosh 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Aug 21, 2001 D 25


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To elaborate on earlier trivia entries;

The "Rune axe" was actually the first prototype made for Human Head Studios, who wanted some for the May 2003 E3

A fresh install of the game does not immediately recognize old save game files - you'll also need to backup the USER.INI file

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