Ragnarok (or Valhalla as some might know it) is a Rogue-like with early Ultima logic. 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. The items you are able to pick up, combine 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 are simple, and the graphics primitive, but there are so many different ways to play that you will never get tired of it. You have various powers and a wide variety of equipment. Overall, Ragnarok is truly 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 made the game much more atmospheric. Thus make sure to look for Valhalla, the updated European release which *includes* music and sound effects. Note: The hintbook and manual are available at least on the unofficial site linked below. The author's own website mainly has (partially obsolete) links to places of interest to Roguelike fans and such, and you won't find the game itself there strangely.
Reviewed by: John G.