Experience an exciting single player storyline where you thwart Loki and his minions from bringing Ragnarok to Midgard.
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Very Positive (363 reviews) - 94% of the 363 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 – http://www.gamershell.com/pc/rune/review.html

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
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
I can review this even with the small amount of hours played on the Steam version..
The quicksave system is a little weird, so I got frustrated for today :P (Probably because of no Admin access is my guess)

This is the first game I ever played on the first day of its release and I haven't played this in 15 years, so nostalgia definitely hits hard!

Lots of freaking weapons! (Swords, Maces, Axes)
Fun and addicting combat
Runes that adds extra stuff to your weapons.
Foods and interactable plants etc.
Mead of course!
Simple platforming mechanics. (Climbing is a neat feature here!)
Multiplayer that still works (Not a lot of players though! damn.)

Some platforming areas and puzzles can be really frustrating and just not fun.
Crashes still occurs, but you can avoid those by not minimizing the game at all.

Fantastic game! ;)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
A great singleplayer and multiplayer game, it kept me busy well into the late 2000's with all the great people and endless amount of player content added, definitely worth the buy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Do we really need Dark Souls, when we have this game?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Amazing combat
Few Bugs
May have aged but is still great
Extremely low end
Bugs maybe few but are still f****** annoying
Graphics are dated but that is not a real factor
Go get it
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71 of 74 people (96%) found this review helpful
203.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Rune is one of the best hack and slash games I've ever played. The gameplay remains solid even compared to newer games of the same genre. There are 15 weapons to use. There's puzzles to solve. Then there's food to eat and ale to guzzle when you're wonded from the slaughtering. The multiplayer still works, though there are a few tweaks and quirks to fiddle with depending on whether or not you use a router or have custom firewall settings in order to play with others on Steam version servers. There are a number of older version servers running and active that Steam users can join and play on.
I recommend this game to anyone that likes full 360 degree splatterhouse games.
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45 of 51 people (88%) found this review helpful
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
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 or Unreal Tournament. The maps are sweet too 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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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
Fun, tight controlls, perfectly formatted for a modern WASD/E-to-activate/Space-to-jump mentality. Widescreen 1080p, and runs fine as-is on Windows 8.1.
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52 of 67 people (78%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
Chug Mead
Eat Lizards
Hail Odin
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56 of 80 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
You eat lizards.
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2015
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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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 22
I remember clearly the first time I saw the game, sitting in a bargain bin at Ben Franklin. I saved every penny I came across until I could afford it. I can remember how struck I was by the art of the game, and finally getting it to load after hours of messing with it on my moms computer. Coming back to it all these years later, it's still a phenomenal game. I had countless hours sunk into it, playing with every wall to try to find more hidden secrets, getting out of the bounds of the game, seeing how it was created. This was one of few games that really stuck with me. It's well worth the price point, and an amazing part of my childhood.
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Sage-Sword Cid
6.3 hrs
Posted: September 19
The best game you never heard of.
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28.8 hrs
Posted: August 13
bæst game EU
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11.6 hrs
Posted: August 4
(This review applies only to the single-player portion of the game.)

Released in 2000 and running on the Unreal 1 engine, Rune certainly appeals to nostalgia. It's a primitive-looking third person hack-and-slash with a combat system that's just deep enough to keep fights interesting from beginning to end.

The game plays a bit like a simplified and more forgiving Dark Souls; it demands basic situational awareness and allows for some improvisation, such as using shields or throwing your weapons or other objects (including enemy heads). Your arsenal includes an assortment of swords, maces, and axes, each with a unique Rune power that you can activate with if you have enough Rune energy. I only found a few Rune powers that were actually useful, such as unlimited throwing axes or a sword that would siphon health back to me with each successful strike.

Despite dated graphics, the scale of the environments and the overall level design still hold up today. Sometimes, finding a way forward involved some backtracking and searching, but there was only one instance where I had no idea what to do and had to look things up online.

The story is strictly serviceable. It's a standard hero's journey, but the Norse setting is still somewhat of a rarity in games.

My biggest problem with Rune is that it's slow to start. The first couple areas are just not all that fun, with boring environments and unchallenging enemies (who won't die unless you manage to chop off their heads). If you can make it through the slog, the pace does pick up and the levels and enemies get a lot more interesting.

I should note that I played through the game on Windows 10 and was somehow able to run it at 1080p without any sort of tweaks, up until the very end when the game kept crashing at a cutscene and I had to run the game in "safe mode" to let it run. Your mileage might vary.

Get this game if you're okay with older game design and production values and you want a decently challenging hack-and-slash with a unique setting. If you just want to experience the single-player portion of the game, I would recommend waiting for the game to go on sale.
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Saint Aaron
12.9 hrs
Posted: July 22
Product received for free
Man does Rune start off slow. The other folks are correct that you'll slog though dark caves full of gnolls and sewers full of zombies. And those zombies of Hel are very tedious because they can only be killed by decapitation. You'll spend a half-dozen long levels whacking the same baddies over and over hoping for clean headshots.
It's a surprisingly linear game too, but unusual: the hidden crevices and hard-to-spot ropes that might lead to a secret area in another game are actually the *main path* here. You'll spend plenty of time getting lost and backtracking.
Fortunately, some of the levels are quite beautiful, and the game really starts feeling like the adventure you'd expect once you finally emerge from the caves/underworld.
The real fun builds as you explore snow-covered villages and fortresses taking down axe-wielding berzerkers, then trek through dwarven mountain citadels and start collecting some seriously huge weapons. The sense of power and tension keeps building through to the end, and you finally feel like some of your patience through the early levels has paid off. The game takes some interesting turns toward the end too.
So even though long stretches near the beginning can suck, the scope and scale of the journey ends up being pretty impressive. If you have the fortitude for a grand viking melee adventure, this is it.
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26.4 hrs
Posted: July 20
Awesome, old school, platforming action with decent difficulty level , cool story and fine weapons and fighting system.
Would recommend to anybody
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