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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 The Dwarve Lord's giant mechanical power armor gives him god-like powers, but I've got a flaming sword... which actually doesn't help much
Rune Windows Fighting a Wendol snowbeast with a torch... not a particularly smart move
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 Stand of the Dishonored... a 'boss' battle against Hel's undead legions

Promo Images

Rune Screenshot
Rune Concept Art
Rune Concept Art
Rune Concept Art

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Are you ready to Ragnarok? Windows Atomic Punch! (194)
Somewhat enjoyable, linear 3rd person actionfest Windows ShadowShrike (309)
Norse Mythology & Vikings + Huge Axes = Slashing Fun Windows MA17 (218)
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
ActionTrip Windows Oct 31, 2000 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2000 85 out of 100 85
4Players.de Windows Nov 07, 2000 83 out of 100 83
IGN Windows Oct 30, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Sep, 2001 7.25 out of 10 72
Gamekult Windows Nov 16, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine Windows Dec, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Sep, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Nov 07, 2001 8 out of 20 40

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Trivia

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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