Rune (Windows)

Mature
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Setting
80
Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.
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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 hallways of death
Rune Windows 'Agh! Big gubberfish! Huge-O-Teeth!' is one phrase no respectable Viking would be caught dead saying
Rune Windows Ragnar and some dark vikings battle a Wendol snow beast
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

Promo Images

Rune Concept Art
Rune Screenshot
Rune Screenshot
Rune Concept Art

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Are you ready to Ragnarok? Atomic Punch! (194) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Somewhat enjoyable, linear 3rd person actionfest ShadowShrike (309) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Norse Mythology & Vikings + Huge Axes = Slashing Fun MA17 (218) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Worth the time it took to learn what the hell i was doing... MrSuperGod (58) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Revolution Oct 01, 2000 A- 91
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2000 9 out of 10 90
ActionTrip Oct 31, 2000 89 out of 100 89
Gamesmania.de 2000 86 out of 100 86
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 2000 83 out of 100 83
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Spel för Alla Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Svenska PC Games Jan, 2001 8 out of 10 80
games xtreme Nov 22, 2000 7.6 out of 10 76
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2000 7 out of 10 70

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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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Andrew Hartnett (2294) added Rune (Windows) on Nov 21, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Trixter (9132), Riamus (8523) and Jeanne (76656)