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.
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Mostly Positive (25 reviews) - 72% of the 25 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Jan 13, 2014

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“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

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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Great game to play if you have a mate over
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Best game that causes you and your friends to hate eachother since Mario Party.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
It's a great game as it is, but here are some suggestions that would make the game even better:
- New levels (with more music, maybe haha);
- Customization options (player colors, for example);
- Steam Workshop integration;
- A level editor;
- A matchmaking system for playing with random people, instead of only against friends.

These are things that would make the game more diverse, and thus it would be more enjoyable for people to play it for more time. I recommend it, but it seems like it will get boring as time goes by, specially if you don't have anybody to play with.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
One of those great party games that is just fun and frustrating enough to make you laugh, rage, celebrate, and get extremely annoyed with your friends. All in all, a great combination. Totally worth the purchase.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
It's a fun game, but it's not worth 15 Euros
You know why? Because there are only 4 stages and a singlplayer mode with only 8 opponents
I have already said enough
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
When will there be an update?
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
254 of 276 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
Step 1) Buy Nidhogg.
Step 2) Buy 2 controllers.
Step 3) Find some friends.
Step 4) Get your friends all riled up and competitive.
Step 5) Play Nidhogg with friends using controllers.
Step 6) Enjoy the most hilarious exchange of cowardly and un-man-ful screaming you will ever hear.

This game is truly amazing as a local vs. experience. Plus, the sound track on some of those stages is amazing. Great game, increadibly precise, but accessible. Tons of fun!
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828 of 1,039 people (80%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2014
really unforgiving dating sim
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878 of 1,107 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2014
You're at the last part of the level and one enemy stands in your way. It gives you this giddy feeling, those 5 seconds of a showdown, staring down your opponent, waiting to see who's going to make the first move. The adrenaline starts pumping after you charge in for the first swing and your opponent counters and knocks your sword out of your hand. You're swordless. You close your eyes and take a deep breath as your opponent charges at you with his sword. Seconds before impact you leap and flip over his head, grab your sword, turn around and throw it right through his head. As he falls to the ground you spit on his body and sprint through the gate to the cheering of thousands of spectators.

Then a giant worm eats you. Victory.

This game rocks. I'll start off with that. You got these tiny little guys with swords fencing for their lives back and forth as the bodies pile up. This is the kind of game that you can actually be skillful at, by watching the o0ther person's sword you can try to figure out how to counter what he's doing.

It has a mortal combat type ladder single player where you play through a bunch of levels against harder and harder characters and I've managed to get about halway up. Not sure if there are lives but if you lose you continue from the same character you don't have to start over.

I'm most excited for the multiplayer though, I can't wait to invite some friends over to play this because this is one of those games which will cause a lot of screaming and yelling. I just played a random person through the matchmaking a bunch of times and it worked flawlessly, I'm excited to play more.

Also in the multiplayer section where there's offline and other options for multiplayer there are a whole sleuth of "variants": Slow mo, Fast mo, boomerang swords, divekicks, throwing and other stuff.

Really not a bad learning curve. Yeah, the first couple of rounds you can't figure out what the hell is going on, but after 15 minutes of trial and error I was leaping, stabbing, and doing a lot of other weird ♥♥♥♥.

Music's not shabby, you got the shwing shwing of the swords in there so I'm happy.

The game makes you feel like that guy from Princess Bride with those wiggly swords.

The bad: No windowed mode, and the how to play menu is broken to all hell. Just check the controls and go with it.


It's just a fun game, it's got a lot of replay value and it would always be cool to see more levels or maybe... hats?
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672 of 892 people (75%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Way too expensive for what it is. Although it's a very fun local game or just to play online with a friend that's close, there's barely any content here. I believe there's just 4 maps in this, only 1 type of weapon, and no netplay with random people. Once in awhile it's fun to pick up and play, but definitely not worth the price.
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Rocket35
3.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
A wonderful party game!
10/10
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Krainz
2.2 hrs
Posted: September 29
Product received for free
At its best its an intense battle of back and forth skill, luck, and laughter; best played with a friend. Playing online however is awful. If you are not the host, you will have such awful input lag and its not fun at all. Playing with someone at your own home is the best way.

Also do not buy this at full price. While it has strong mechanics, and can be very fun, the amount of content is VERY little for $15. While some might not care, i'd rather you wait for a 50% off discount.
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tenchimuyo1990
3.2 hrs
Posted: September 29
This is a simple and fun game ( recommend drinking and passing controller while playing). It's just like the trailer, you run from one end of a screen to the other with the other player standing in your way. Kill them and be rewarded with pixil gore. Continue running through several screens to reach your goal, but watch out as player 2 will continue to spawn in your way as they try to get to their goal in the opposite direction.

The game is so fast pace, it makes it nice to just hand a controller when you die (it'll come back to you shortly and creates a nice round robin style of play).

The mechanics are simple, but flawless.
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Schoi
4.4 hrs
Posted: September 26
+ Very fun

+ Fast paced or slow paced

+ Old styled graphics

+ Giant worm kills you after every single winning round

+ Good music

- Rarely anyone on multiplayer

- Gets dusty after a while and sits in your library, not played in months

- granola bar sat in the sun too long

- Overpriced

- You can like, anime kick people and then like, snap their necks and run away really fast

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funwithaportalgun™
27.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
Fencing, its hard to get a hang of but its like lethal league, you can play it with friends locally or online. Really fun locally.
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Sway Balon
33.5 hrs
Posted: September 23
I do this game to check my game time for Non-steam game. My pleasure.
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