Experience an exciting single player storyline where you thwart Loki and his minions from bringing Ragnarok to Midgard.
User reviews: Very Positive (322 reviews) - 95% of the 322 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 18, 2001

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“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


    • 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


    • 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
37 of 48 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Best game of year 2001
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Looking back on the early 2000s, there was usually one thing that most 3D games of the time had in common. The gameplay was occasionally very awkward, and for the most part they didn't age all that well.

Rune is one of the few exceptions to the rule. And it's almost fascinating how it's still a very playable and enjoyable experience today. Rune takes place in a fantasy world inspired by Norse mythology. What impresses me about this game is how interactive the levels are. It's a very immersive game filled with things like trees that react to the player running by them, bushes that move as you walk through them. All done before physics middleware like Havok, when everything needed to be hand animated in the Unreal 1 engine.

While the storyline is pretty goofy, the combat is still very fast and viceral. It is a brutally simple hack and slash and this contributed to how well this game aged, and fits in very nicely with the Viking motifs that run throughout the game.

This re-release of Rune on Steam comes with a fix for the multiplayer, enhanced resolution support, and Steamworks achievements. In many ways Rune is the definition of a hidden gem, a diamond in the rough. One you discover one day, and wonder why you never noticed it before.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
You can eat lizards.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
** [[Rune Classic Review]] **
From lizards to mead, from Hel to Thorstadt, the player is guaranteed a great time in a setting that is not often portrayed in gaming. The story line has the player following the lone-warrior Ragnar in a vengeance to stop Loki and his evil minion Conrack from reigning Ragnorok. Throughout the game the player will come upon many environments that will give a lasting impression. The gameplay is intuitive allowing the player to engage enemies in a first or third-person perspective. The combat is fluid on and offline with a huge variety of melee weaponry. A rather small disappointment is the slightly trimmed campaign in the Steam "Classic" version. The multiplayer is fun allowing large team battles, arena battles, and even free-for-all but don't expect to find many players online. The multiplayer is also open to mods such as cooperative campaign missions, RPGs and custom maps. The graphics are great especially for a game made in 2000. Overall the pros of the game outweigh the few cons and for a $10.00 price tag, it's totally worth it!

+Good Campaign Length
+Intuitive Gameplay
+Blood & Gore
+Cult Classic
+Awesome Mods

-Dead Multiplayer
-Campaign Shortened

Author's note: I have approximately 100 hours logged. This Steam account does not accurately reflect my game-time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
I can't believe I missed this game back in 2000. It may have taken me 15yrs but I have finally played it. So, what did I think?

I freaking LOVE this game! It reminds me of Severance: Blade of Darkness/Enclave, which I enjoyed in my youth. Graphically it holds up all right and you can still make out what is what. The story is good and works to motivate you to continue, even if it is rather simple. The Norse setting and theme is good even if certain structures and characters don't always portray that. When facing other Vikings you get taunted with things like, 'I'm going to drink mead from your skull' and 'Look, a troll has wandered in from the cold', which adds to the immersion and causes me to smile.
There is much plat-forming in this game, with ledge climbing/jumping and rope/chain climbing. Some can be tricky but enjoyable.

Combat is, well ok. Not brilliant but it gets the job done; satisfying when you hack/slice limbs and heads off. Enemy AI is quite shocking and sometimes they just stand still and let you kill them. This just makes me laugh, it was made in 2000 after all.

Overall a great plat-forming, hack 'n' slash action-adventure game. It has its flaws yet I cannot get enough of it. Make sure to grab the mod that adds back the missing levels that were cut from the Gold version. Makes sense to play the full game.

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