Experience an exciting single player storyline where you thwart Loki and his minions from bringing Ragnarok to Midgard.
User reviews: Very Positive (227 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 18, 2001

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Reviews

“If there was ever a civilization screaming for a game, it's the Vikings.”
8/10 – IGN

“...fun is really the best way to describe Rune.”
"A-" – Game Revolution

“A nice title that offers at least 20 hours of solid game-play.”
8.9/10 – Gamershell.com

About This Game

The classic Viking third-person hack-and-slash melee action game is now available on Steam. This release, known as Rune Classic, contains the original Rune content, plus the multiplayer expansion pack Halls of Valhalla. Experience an exciting single player storyline where you thwart Loki and his minions from bringing Ragnarok to Midgard that will keep you entertained for hours. Eat meat and lizards, drink mead, as survival food. Call upon the power of the gods to enchant your weapon with Rune powers.

Key Features

  • New enemies added
  • Some levels have been redesigned for more enjoyable play
  • Experience multiplayer in vicious, fun "up close and personal" melee action with swords, maces, hammers and axes (or your opponent's head or arm)
  • Includes Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Arena and Headball
  • Over 35 multiplayer and singleplayer levels
  • All the music tracks from the game and the original audio CD will be available as part of this release in OGG format

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 7.0 capable card
    • DirectX®: 7.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB HD space

    Recommended:

    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 7.0 capable card
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Rune is definitely a hidden gem from the early 2000s, a must-play for fans of Norse Mythology. It's basically a 3rd person hack 'n slay title garnished with some interesting jumping/crawling sections, here and there even with some simple puzzles. The action is raw and gory, decapitated enemies are a common sight too. Expect some pixel blood to flow.

The level design is pretty decent as well, ranging from mysterious, creature-infected dungeons over to goblin working settlements or viking-populated fortresses. Again, expect many severed limbs and other body parts on those premises.

The only downside in my opinion is the more or less unspectacular final section of the game and the ending. The developers could have done a better job, but some other players may have a different view on this one.

The Good:
+ Decent story and level design
+ Graphics (they were good at the time)
+ Authentic Viking setting and atmosphere
+ Fast-paced and uncomplicated gameplay
+ Gore and Blood
+ Multiplayer

The Bad:
- The latest sections in the game feel quite unpolished and rushed

The Ugly:
- Some issues on modern systems like sudden freezes. But I blame Steam for this, not the developers.

Overall a truly pleasant hackfest experience, you'll definitely enjoy it.

8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I wasn't sure what to expect out of Rune Classic but what I found was something of a gem!

The game does itself no favours with such a slow start but soon enough you'll be decapitating enemies, slicing off limbs and biting the heads off lizards like it's second nature.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Rune is one of the best hack and slash games I've ever played, as well as the best viking game I've ever played too. Norse mythology, dismemberment, a large variety of weapons, drinking ale, breakable walls, who could ask for more? Its very enjoyable to decapitate someone and then pick up their head and throw it. I havn't seen that in games before, and its AWESOME. The game is pretty cheap on steam too, and it can run on low end computers as well, so everyone can have fun! The multiplayer is great as well, although all the american servers are dead, there is a small european community that welcomes newcomers. I'm from Texas, and i was able to play in the european servers without lagging at all! Also did i say that the multiplayer loading screen is really cool? If you like vikings, norse mythology, hack and slash games, or cutting peoples' arms off and throwing them at them, this is the perfect game for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
You can use severed limbs as weapons and throw decapitated heads at your enemies. It's not very effective, but you're playing the game wrong if you haven't done it at least once.

Also lizards are delicious.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I have spent several hundreds of hours playing this game outside of Steam between 2002-2006, and during this time I ran a very successful server under the name of G4n0nd3$$.

This was a very good game for its time. The story is incredibly interesting and immersive, combat is fast-paced, fluent and flexible, there is an immense amount of different weapons/powers, and the multiplayer was amazing due to the vast modding community and the possibility of in-game scripting via the console.

The game is pretty old by now however and there's not a lot of activity on the multiplayer front, but if you're a fan of Norse mythology, I'd definitely recommend this game for the singleplayer campaign alone, which has 2 different endings.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Rune is a great game, but the Steam version has serious problems with (at the very least) Windows 8 systems. Running the Gold version of the game with a fanmade D3D10 renderer fixes all the problems, so can't recommend this version.
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2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
One of the first games i ever played, it was something special then, but also now.
Give it a try. You'll eat lizards, hear about your destiny from Odin, kill bad guy with thiers limbs. Why not.
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5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Really fun game, and severely overlooked. Also has a great atmosphere. Makes you feel like a viking.
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
This game came out in 2001 around the same time i was in 1st grade. I remember it being the Greatest game as a kid, id come home everyday and play it and even have lan partys for it from time to time. But enough about me.The game has a great story line/Campaign and super fun 3rd person Multiplayer slasher with Tdm modes etc. much like Quake. The maps are sweet to there's so many of them and you can MOD the ♥♥♥♥ out of them. So go play it 10/10

ps. if you eat a snake it re-fills your health !
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Chug Mead
Eat Lizards
Hail Odin
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Great Hack & Slash using the old Unreal engine, more players = more fun
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
So after playing this for a couple days I think this game deserves some attention, and I used to play this a long time ago in 2002 at the time this game was considered advanced it's basically 2001's version of Skyrim (the only problem is there is no free roam,) but now things these days look close to real life I highly doubt this will compete with the other games you might consider getting. Now before I get into detail no not the kind of attention Halo: CE and Half Life get, this game is fun but that's about it there isn't a HUGE deep story behind this game so don't expect something like Halo or Half Life just expect the typical 1990 kill everything in your path game.

Story and plot: The story begins with an introduction saying Odin the all father gave humanity great powerful lucky charms-Ahem! I mean rune stones to hold Ragnarock at bay, however the evil god Loki has attempted many times to unleash Ragnarock by destroying these runes so instead of constantly fighting him every generation Odin had enough of his bull ♥♥♥♥ so he ended up tearing Loki's heart out and banished him into a dungeon like hell, but even with his magic power stripped away and imprisoned he managed to corrupt a handful of mortal's to join his army this then leads to a show down between the wicked and evil vikings and a village's chief and son Ragnar (you the player are Ragnar) so the village's best warrior's were all slaughtered in seconds by magic bolts of lightning summoned by Loki's herald (I know I'm writing a review but there are no character's in this game besides Loki Ragnar and Odin so I can't remember his name currently) everyone dies including Ragnar's father however Odin revives Ragnar and says that he is giving Ragnar a chance at revenge if he can save the rune stones and stop Loki's return Ragnar accepts the offer and fights his way through monsters, demons, undead, to hell and back all the way into the mountains fighting vikings, dwarves, giants, and the list goes on you eventually become a war lord through your journey and now you must travel to Loki's dungeon and finish the fight the gods started.

I won't spoil the rest but there is a lot to fight in this game which makes me disappointed that at the time we didn't have the proper technology to make a free roaming game, because this universe has tons of potential! this is REAL norse mythology! not like Skyrim where everyone worships made up half naked bikini model gods that enjoy watching people bang. I would love to see more of this but in a free roaming game or at least an anniversary edition with new graphics and texture cleaning, this game may end on the very first installment but it deserves an RPG sequel (or prequel) anything can be done in this universe the IP is there we just need a new deveolper building or re-building this universe.

Multiplayer: it's fun but very competitive, there is no "help me" or "power upgrades" or tanks, there is nothing to give you an edge over everyone, it's classic skill vs skill who is the better man? (or woman) basically multiplayer is thunder dome "two men enter one man leaves...And respawns again to get his ♥♥♥ kicked" so it's fun but it's not the best multiplayer I've seen in early 2000 games, the other question you might ask is: "is there customization?" yes, and a bit of no, there are skins you can change into but there is no armor you can unlock and dress up in, (I think there are skin mods but I'm not too sure) but if you want to mod in your own skin I support the idea 100% the game could use a fix here and there.

Final verdict: I'm giving the game a 7/10 now if this was 2004 or something I would have given it an 8 but this game is out dated and old so does it belong in your library? yes and no, it depends what your machine is and there are better games out there that you can spend 10$ on, it's still a great game! but it's not a perfect game, I would love to see more though a RPG could be adapted into this universe giving a new fresh nordic IP, hell if it has Co-op mode free roaming and competitive multiplayer it might even beat Skyrim! but until then we have to wait and see.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
It's a really awesome game but I wish the campaign took us just a bit farther. It's still really awesome.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
i really want to make a funny review but at the same time i really want to hammer home the fact that this game lets you cut off the heads and limbs of your enemies and beat the hell out of people with said heads and limbs
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Heh ... This game is EAT LIZARD
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Absolute 10/10. I highly recommend getting this game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Rune is a fast paced Hack&Slash game that will keep you entertained for hours with its huge maps, hoards of enemies and of course its baffling puzzles.I'd recommend you get this game since its very cheap.Moreover its an easy to learn but hard to master game that places timing above all else.Special powers, lots of weapons and Vikings!What else can you possibly ask for?
Oh and decapitations.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This is a scam, this not the original Rune, instead a dumbed down modern port. This is honestly the most disgusting thing I've seen in a while. DO RESEARCH BEFORE YOU BUY GARBAGE LIKE THIS! Call of Rune gets 0/5

-Ten levels were removed from the single player campaign. (Although they are still playable from the maps folder)

-Some levels have changes to the scripting or geometry. Examples include no longer having to kill certain enemies to trigger an event, or a door being removed to allow part of a map to be skipped.

-At least one weapon is available earlier in the game, a few have their rune powers switched or changed.

-An autosave feature has been added which attempts to quick save the game every so often.


Childhood = Pooped on
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
55.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
THE BEST BUY THIS GAME OR ODIN WILL TEAR YOUR HEAD OFF
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1 of 11 people (9%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Just bought the game, Starting multiplayer and i get the "Failed to find object 'Class IpDrv.UdpServerUplink'

Can't find any help
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