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Ragnarok

DOS - 1993

Alt name
Valhalla
Year
Platform
DOS
Released in
United States
Genre
Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme
Fantasy, Norse Mythology, Real-Time
Publisher
Optyk
Developer
Norsehelm Production
Perspective
Top-Down
Dosbox support
Fully supported on 0.63
4.38 / 5 - 16 votes

Description of Ragnarok

Ragnarok (or Valhalla as some might know it) is a Rogue- like game with an early Ultima logic (for the uninitiated, Rogue is an ASCII-based open-ended dungeon crawl that was very popular since the early 1980s). You are a simple mortal, whose quest is to aid the old Norse gods in their battle against the evil gods (Ragnarok in Norse mythology is the final battle that would decide the fate of worlds). You start in a Viking village, and can choose to be a Viking warrior, blacksmith, woodsmith, rogue, sage, or a conjurer. The game's strength is the virtually limitless replayability. All the items you are able to pick up, mix and use are almost unlimited. But the designer didn't stop there. The best feature in Ragnarok is that every time you start a new game, the map is different (the newer game Diablo by Blizzard Entertainment is also built up like this). Gameplay mechanics is simple, and the graphics is very primitive, but there are so many different ways to play that you will never get tired of it. You can have various powers and a wide variety of equipment.

Overall, Ragnarok is truely one of the best, yet relatively unknown RPGs ever made. Best of all, the developers recently released the latest version as freeware.. unfortunately, the freeware version lacks sound effects which make the game much more atmospheric. You can therefore download Valhalla, the updated European release which includes music and sound effects, from the download link below :)

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Zigfu 2015-11-18 1 point

One of the best, hands down.

Jux 2015-08-17 0 point

I loved this game so much! I have never won - rarely got beyond the dungeons (oh the embarrassment!)

TyresiaGamer 2014-04-12 0 point DOS version

One of the best old-school Roguelikes I've played in my childhood... Terrible punishing difficulty, with lots of insta-deaths, but a great sense of accomplishment when you finally manage to overcome your enemies. I still remember how fun it was when I first discovered I could polymorph myself into a draug :)

Bruno 2013-06-30 1 point DOS version

I will try to decompile and compile again for java for cellphones :)

Hexatona 2013-05-03 0 point DOS version

this was not only the first roguelike I loved to play, but it's the only one I've finished too! PROTIP: start as a sage.

hseiken 2013-03-17 0 point DOS version

This is a roguelike for people who can't get into roguelikes. It's fairly simple and all of your commands are icons instead of obscure letter commands and inbuilt help explains everything. Definitely recommended to try at least once.

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