Rune (Windows)

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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 Showing a bunch of dark dwarves who's boss with my Blaze! rune power
Rune Windows Ragnar shows off Rune's dislimberment system by hacking off his father's arm... at least his folks can't blame it on violent video games
Rune Windows Standing on a rooftop in Ragnar's quaint little village of Wotenkeld, showing off the Unreal engine's capacity for large outdoor environments
Rune Windows Sigard's dark vikings and Conrack's Loki guards like to whack each other almost as much as they like whacking you

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Are you ready to Ragnarok? Atomic Punch! (151) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Somewhat enjoyable, linear 3rd person actionfest ShadowShrike (303) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Norse Mythology & Vikings + Huge Axes = Slashing Fun MA17 (194) 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
ActionTrip Oct 31, 2000 89 out of 100 89 2000 86 out of 100 86
RealGamer (Benelux) Dec, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Gry OnLine Dec 18, 2000 8 out of 10 80
IGN Oct 30, 2000 8 out of 10 80
PC Gamer Brasil May, 2001 78 out of 100 78
games xtreme Nov 22, 2000 7.6 out of 10 76 Dec 07, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 2001 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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The game came with a "Free Nordic Cruise Competition", offering the opportunity to win a four-day cruise break to Norway for two people with Fjord Line by completing and returning the typical tick box question card.

Here's the blurb from the card;

"Discover the true beauty of a country once inhabited by Vikings. Experience for yourself the magnificent scenery of Norway on a 4-day cruise on M/S Jupiter. Visit Stavanger and Haugesund and enjoy an overnight stop in the delightful city of Bergen.

Simply return this card, complete with your details, and you will be automatically entered into the competition."

This was included in the UK release, unsure about others

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Andrew Hartnett (2196) added Rune (Windows) on Nov 21, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Trixter (8713), Riamus (8126) and Jeanne (75486)