Runic One
Written by Shigamoto   
Sunday, 09 October 2005

If you ever played PipeDreams release with the Microsoft Entertainment Packs you will instantly know your way around in Runic One.

In the game you are a cat on a journey to the land of ancient runes. To get to the land you have to solve different puzzles a long the way. It would have been great if the developers would have presented why the cat must go to the land of ancient runes.

Between each puzzle there is a map, on the map you see your progress but the story itself also evolves. So before each level the cat says something and a dog and a fox comments. You can instantly tell that the game is made more for kids than adults, but I guess if you like cute stuff you might like Runic One.

The puzzles are similar to games like PipeDreams, as we mentioned before. You have to connect pipes so that they reach water, when they have reached the water you will move on to the next level. You don’t have too much pressure to complete the puzzles in time; somehow the game never gets you stressed.

Runic One is pretty to look at, the cat is modeled in 3D and the levels are beautiful, especially the backgrounds. It’s also nice that the cat is always with you giving you advice and help.

A nice part of the level design is that it varies a great deal. Sure it’s always the same puzzles, but you will go under water, up in the mountains and so on. The variety keeps the game from getting boring.

Another thing that keeps the game from falling down into the puzzle game boredom abyss is the soundtrack. It’s a happy yet relaxing piece of music and it creates a lot of feeling for the game.

So is the $19.95 price tag to get the full version worth it? Well on the positive side the game is very cute, has nice graphics and good puzzles. The only problem is that so does a number of other puzzle games as well and many of them are better. Runic One is suitable for people who have played a lot of puzzle games and don’t mind the cuteness.

Related: Creatrix, Aqua Digger 3D, Virus 3
Developer: Puzzle Lab Games
Website for Game:
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Cost of Full Game: $19.95, Download Trial Here
Year of Release: 2005

Pentium 2 500 MHz
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card

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