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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 a great castle in the background
Rune Windows Ragnar takes on a nasty Mechanical Dwarve, who's equipped with spinning blades arms and duel rocket launchers!
Rune Windows Stand of the Dishonored... a 'boss' battle against Hel's undead legions
Rune Windows hallways of death

Promo Images

Rune Screenshot
Rune Screenshot
Rune Screenshot
Rune Screenshot

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

Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2000 90 out of 100 90
MacNN Macintosh Feb 06, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Unlimited Windows Jan, 2001 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Svenska PC Games Windows Jan, 2001 8 out of 10 80
IGN Windows Oct 30, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Gaming Age PlayStation 2 Aug 16, 2001 B 75
Gamekult Windows Nov 16, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Mac Gamer Macintosh May 10, 2001 3 out of 5 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jan, 2001 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

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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