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  • genre Action / Combat / Fantasy
  • download size 1.3 GB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 203 user ratings.
  • release date November 18, 2000
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7)
  • languages English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian
  • developer / publisher Human Head Studios / Nine Realms
  • game modes Single-player, Multi-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • soundtrack (WAV)
  • soundtrack (OGG)
  • manual
  • Rune Role Playing Game
  • Rune Gold (original version)

What's cool about it:

  • Includes Rune and the Halls of Valhalla expansion.
  • 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.
  • New enemies added- Frost Giants, Skeletons and Hell Hounds from Rune Viking Warlord.


The classic Viking third-person hack-and-slash melee action game is now available on GOG! This release, known as Rune Classic, contains the original Rune content, plus the multiplayer expansion pack Halls of Valhalla. Play the epic single player campaign with new monsters imported from Rune Viking Warlord or jump online to challenge your friends in 4 challenging multi player modes.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: MATURE with Animated Blood and Gore, Animated Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7, Processor: Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.0 GHz / AMD Athlon XP 2200+, 2 GB of RAM, 1 GB of hard drive space, Graphics: nVidia GeForce 6600 / ATI Radeon x1300 with 256 MB of VRAM or more, DirectX 9.0c- compatible sound card, keyboard, mouse. Patched to version 1.10

All user reviews:

User reviews:

A marvellous gem of a game

Posted on 2013-10-24 10:11:52 byNomadicstorm's avatarNomadicstorm:

I cannot recommend this game strongly enough to anyone who likes melee combat. The way this game does it is second to none. At this point, I've gone through the single player campaign more than a dozen times, so much so that I know every hallway by heart. I also spent the better part of my waking hours for 7 years in the multiplayer component, and every second of it was awesome.
Getread more past the dated looks and the steep learning curve, and you've got yourself a gem of a game that you'll practically never grow bored with. And if you do, the game is customizable enough that you can basically just build a new one out of it when it happens.

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A-Viking We Probably Shall Go

Posted on 2013-10-24 14:33:49 byKasab's avatarKasab:

You'll start up Rune, gird your loins, polish your byrnie and ruck up your sleeves for a big Norse adventure with lots of killing, coldrife mountains and valkyries and things. You will, eventually, get that. Unfortunately, you'll have to slog through an extended sewer and some awful platforming before you get to the mead halls, the mountains and the frost giants. Rune does itselfread more no favours by making its early sequences ones of such utter tedium, and it's easy to get bored by its first offerings.
If you've got the patience to stick with it, you'll eventually find an under-appreciated classic. Severance has better swordplay and there's better Viking games about, but none with combat like this. It blossoms into messy melee with lovely environments by the end. You'll rip off limbs, throw axes, and time your swing so that you catch an enemy across the neck and take his head right off.
If you're into the Vikings then it's a must, but otherwise consider if you're willing to trek to the good bits. It goes on for too long and it falters whenever it sends the player anywhere other than outside, but it's a brutal melee when it gets going.
Multiplayer is a strong offering, somewhere between Jedi Knight and Quake 3. It's fast, responsive and the community will no doubt get a boost from the re-re-release.
It's worth a visit, but he Norse sagas have a few more sewers than we all remember.

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Multiplayer Jewel

Posted on 2013-10-24 16:00:54 byPianandrill's avatarPianandrill:

I can't recommand single player of Rune as best. I don't think it's very good. I played few times in single player campaign and enjoyed it though.
Rune shines in LAN parties. Its realy great. When you start playing PvP it looks like fighting system is simple and random. Believe me, its not. You realy can fight any weapon against any other, just need practice. Its all about more
Last LAN party with Rune i actualy had about 3 months ago. Default maps are good but we found at internet about 10 more which are better. 15-20 maps cycled are good enough for whole night. I recommand duels. Fighting and chasing each other is fun but when it comes to fights i recommand prepare for duels when attacking, blocking and timing attacks gets into play.
This is not number one PvP game. I have realy good time with this game. Thats why i buy it here.
PS It has Halls of Valhalla :D

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