Nidhogg is the epic award-winning fencing tug-of-war, full of graceful acrobatics and clumsy stabs. IRL yelling and excitement may occur, in this ultimate two-player showdown of fast-paced fencing and melee attacks. Beware, advantages in Nidhogg are often fleeting, as new opponents continually spawn in your way.
User reviews:
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Mostly Positive (188 reviews) - 75% of the 188 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,980 reviews) - 86% of the 4,980 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 13, 2014

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Reviews

“A brilliant marriage of mechanics, level design and music that will be played and talked about for years to come.”
93/100 – PC Gamer

“It’s the most exhilarating competitive game I’ve played in years.”
9/10 – IGN

“Nidhogg is about the purity of two friends on a couch duking it out as Daedelus’s moody dynamic electronica frames acrobatic displays of wits and reflexes. In that sense, it has no equal.”
9/10 – Edge

Feature List



4 Challenging Arenas
Castle, Wilds, Mines, and Clouds… where will your skills excel? Each level has multiple rooms that test your skills as a player, and highlight your strengths as you attempt to exploit your opponents weaknesses.

2 Player Local-Multiplayer
The best mode in Nidhogg! Playing next to someone is the most fun way to enjoy this game, but fair warning, things might get a little crazy!

Tournament Mode
Host the dopest houseparty on your block, with the 3 to 8 person local-multiplayer tournament mode in Nidhogg. Massive amounts of spectator excitement is guaranteed to occur.

Networked Play
Challenge your friends or find the lowest latency match online through matchmaking.

Single Player Arcade Mode
Practice and tune your fighting strategies against an array of AI personalities. Play a speedrun for bragging rights on the leaderboards!

Full Controller Support
Control the whole game from the couch in Big Picture mode!

Dynamic Music by Daedelus
Fantastic beats by the infamous electronic music creator, Daedelus. With dynamically altering music created specifically for Nidhogg, the music is unique with each play-through.

Achievements
Unlock challenging achievements that will test your skills across all modes of Nidhogg.

Game Variants
In offline multiplayer or tournament mode, switch up your game play with a new game play mode (or a collection of them!). Toggle on and off Spine Swords, Slow Mode, Trails, Boomerang Swords, Time Limit, No swords, no Throws, Throws only, Divekicks, Baby Mode, Low gravity, Sudden Death Only, Skippy Mode, and Turbo Mode.

About This Game

Nidhogg is the epic award-winning fencing tug-of-war, full of graceful acrobatics and clumsy stabs. IRL yelling and excitement may occur, in this ultimate two-player showdown of fast-paced fencing and melee attacks.

Beware, advantages in Nidhogg are often fleeting, as new opponents continually spawn in your way. Use a variety of fencing maneuvers while armed -- lunges, parries, and even dirty tricks like throwing your sword. If swordless, press forward with punches, sweep kicks, dive kicks, rolls, and wall jumps.

The combat arena stretches in both directions, although besting an opponent only gains you ground. Matches aren’t won or lost with a single kill, but with a series of kills granting you right-of-way to run/fight/flee to your own goal-zone.

Each arena holds different strategic formations and chokepoints to use to your advantage. Until you reach your goal-zone, anything is possible. Only one thing is certain in Nidhogg… the only way to win is to outwit your opponent. En Garde!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.2GHz processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 8-compatible graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.4GHz processor or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 8-compatible graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: 1.2GHz processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: 1.4GHz processor or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Gundam
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Simple but fun, very fun, and intense, very intense.

1v1 me the stab master brah

8.5/10
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Monkeyman42001
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This game is a lot of fun for single player, but not for very long. i beat the single player in 1.7 hours. i haven't tried it with friends yet (mostly cuz im forever alone and none of my friends have it) but im sure it would be a lot better that way. i only payed $1 usd for this because i got it in a humble bundle but the game normally costs $15 usd and i DO NOT think it is worth nearly that much. i would say this game is worth about $3 usd because there is not much content in it.
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MittenLord
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Product received for free
Amazing game! My friends hate it though because they claim, that I'm too good. This makes me happy.
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Wrog
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
not worth 17 dollars at all
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shadowsphere100
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Nidhogg is a fun split screen multiplayer despite the cheap and lazy art design. The games are quick, fast, and enjoyable to play with friends. When I find games like these with great mechanics I wonder if the devs just got lucky amongst a sea of indie games or they have some talent. Either way this game’s mechanics are solid and fun. I got this game for $1 in a humbe but I enjoy it enough that I would recommend purchasing it for as much as $3.

I give this a 5/10. It would have been a 7/10 if the graphics were better. If this game had a sequel with more content and more polished graphics I’d buy it.
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Valentine
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
It's a fantastic game. But the community is pretty much dead and the online connection was never that great to begin with.
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Lala_Ghost
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Very nice offline Multiplayer and always awesome to play with some friends!
Recommended to play with friends. so much fun :D
Very nice and funny handdrawn sprites and animations.
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MrGamerNaut | CSGORage.com
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
This is a great indie title to get your hands on. Combined with easy to use controls and mechanics, and a challenging playstyle, it can be a fun and competitive experience for any player. The only thing this game lacks, are various gamemodes, online multiplayer and unlockables. So the experience could get boring in the long-run
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deepcut
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Good mechanics but.. unfortunately, as other comments mention, networking seems to be completely broken.
Probably still a good time for hot-seat play, if you have a regular group of buddies for that.
I only paid bundle price, but for me the broken online play leaves me not recommending it.
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Bisonfan95
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Simple concept, great competitive gameplay. Get it with a friend you'll have fun rippin each other's heads.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
It's a great game IF and ONLY IF you have 2 controllers and friends to play with in real life. The online play isn't reliable the game feels really bad playing on a keyboard. Keep that in mind before buying.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Fun bag of chips type game. Okay at parties, not much else. Even at parties it won't be the life of the party, but it might have a couple good bites. If you get it free or super cheap it's reasonably fun.

It is absurdly overpriced though. Also the online netcode is/was awful, leading to less people online and thus worse ping and a worse experience and ability to troubleshoot in a vicious cycle. Do not expect online to be fun other than to laugh at the jankiness.

I am not recommending this game only because of the price point. If you can get it for a buck or two, then fine. Otherwise spend your money on something better.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Good one to keep around for when a friend comes over. Friendships can be destroyed very quickly by the ol' cartwheel across the screen
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
I love this game so much that I decided to join my school's fencing club, but I quit after I found out that the winner of a fencing match doesn't get eaten by a giant dragon. It's just not the same.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
hilarious party game to play that provides an even skill level for all players
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Online multiplayer is straight up broken. De-sync to hell, you win but the other player still sees you on the first room lol.
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Much more annoying than fun
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Good mechanics but.. unfortunately, as other comments mention, networking seems to be completely broken.
Probably still a good time for hot-seat play, if you have a regular group of buddies for that.
I only paid bundle price, but for me the broken online play leaves me not recommending it.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Even if the concept is nice, the online multiplayer is asynchron and makes this game unplayable.
I played with my friend and he would have to run left and me right AT THE SAME TIME.

These programers are rich because of this game and not intelligent enough to fix this bugs or implement a better online multiplayer.
But its a Game made with "GameMaker: Studio" so I guess this programmers dont even know real programming.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Fun but has an extreme lack of content
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