Experience an exciting single player storyline where you thwart Loki and his minions from bringing Ragnarok to Midgard.
User reviews: Very Positive (323 reviews) - 95% of the 323 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Rune Classic is tpp action game based on Norse mythology, released in 2000 and powered by first Unreal Engine.

The story is showing the conflict between the gods Odin and Loki and the preparations to Ragnarok, the end of the world. Depending on player actions at the end of the game it offers two possible endings.

Graphical it's dated game but some locations still have nice design. Audio is done ok with average voice acting and some good backround music that is played in key moments of the game.

Combat is probably the best part of the game with quite demanding skirmishes, often with multiple enemies. Even on normal mode you can easily and literally lost your head.
Ragnar the main hero of the game can use four types of weapons: swords,axes,hammers and maces.He can also use shields and rune power that each weapon has. But if you are bored of fighting with normal gear you can always grab a limb or head that your dead opponent have lost in the duel and use it against other enemies!

There's also multiplayer mode where you can prove your skills in the combat against other players. It's challenging but at the same time quite fun to play.

If you are a fan of tpp action games and like Norse mythogy then it's in my opinion a must have in your Steam library.
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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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