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: Very Positive (1,985 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 13, 2014

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"Stabbing your friends is rarely this much fun. A 1v1 fencing tug-of-war. Lacking in content, but brilliant mechanics and a riotous competitive feel."
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May 19

Mac Release of Nidhogg!

The Mac Version of Nidhogg is FINALLY here! To celebrate, Nidhogg will be on sale for 33% off until May 26th for both Mac and PC. En Garde!

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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

PC
Mac
    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
    • Hard Drive: 100 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
    • Hard Drive: 100 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
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9
    • Processor: 1.4GHz processor or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
This is certainly one of my favourite local multiplayer games. Although it's 2 player, this actually works in its favour as it means you can have a great game with a smaller group than many local multiplayer titles, and it's so fun to watch that it works well with spectators.

From a small series of moves, Nidhogg produces often hilarious fencing moments, either from daring displays of skill or comical misjudgements resulting in failure.

I'd like to see more environments in this game, but it remains a great one to have in a collection to pull out when you've got guests over and there's a bit of a lull.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
I love this game, I love it soo much. But I'm nearly very close to giving it a thumbs down due to the somewhat buggy gameplay and shallow content. I have played this game extremely competitively and have a current record of 9:11, and from that 27 hour experience I can say I've speculated about every mechanic in this game down the very brim and have noticed extremely miniscule mistakes in the programming. This game needs to be more polished. Thank you. 7 / 10
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Want a fun little game where the pure aim is to stab your friends repeatedly and run to the other side of the map? Then this is the game for you!

Pros:
The game is fun, fast paced, keeps you on your toes, music is perfect for the game and comedic moments are never far behind.

Cons:
It's very limited, you fight your way to the other side of the map then rinse and repeat.
Matchmaking is terrible it takes too long to find an opponent unless you are playing against friends, this is primarily due to the fact that having very little to do in the game results in short play times and once you've done it there's really no need to go back.

Overall:
It's not really worth the money for what it is. It's very fun but the fun will soon run out. I would only recommend it if you have the money to spend on it for only a couple hours of fun.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This game is somewhat of a double-edged sword.
If you have a friend (or enemy) who is in the room with you, this game is great. Otherwise, you probably shouldn't get it.

The game plays like an elaborate dance; two players fighting for the honour of being consumed by the titular serpent- the Nidhogg. The controls are simple: one button jabs your sword, one button makes you jump. The real beauty is how the mechanics blend together. Swords can be moved up and down to reach a jumping or ducking enemy. Swords at the same height will clash, and can block the opposing player's attacks. Swords can also be knocked out of a players hand by some particularly crafty swordplay. Jousting with your sword fully raised throws your sword through the air, which is hard to dodge, but leaves you without your best weapon. Thrusting in midair results in a divekick, a techniquie used to relieve the enemy of their weapon (that is, if you don't impale yourself on their weapon first).
The result is an EXTREMELY intense sword battle. Matches can last for seconds, others can last for half of an hour or more. The ducking and dodging and jumping and running blends brilliantly with the game's glitch-art style and kickass music. You can play this before the start of a lecture. You can play this at a party, with a tournament of eight players. You can use it as a substitute for rock-paper-scissors in decision-making situations. It's become one of my go-to games when friends are over (see also: touhou 9).

However, this only applies if you have real-life friends. Sure, the game has online play, but it's horribly laggy and bugged, with no sign of a fix. The lag ruins the crucial fast-paced action of the game and usually results in the host player winning. Because of this, you'll be very lucky to actually find anyone through the matchmaking service. The single-player mode is basically multiplayer but against a series of bots, which each have distinct playstyles and weaknesses. It's very much like playing against real players, but nowhere near as fun as having friends to play with in the same room. Additionally, the price is VERY steep for what the contents of the game are: only four (admittedly BEAUTIFUL) levels.

Overall: One of the best local multiplayer games that exist. If you have real friends that can come over and play: get this game ...but get it during a sale. If you have no friends: sorry, this game isn't for you. Go out and make some friends instead!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I strongly recommend this game. Even with the people complaining about lag in the forums, I played it with my friend and had no problems at all. And being a huge fencing fan, I think this game is perfect in the format it was made. You really need to approach the fight strategically or you'll get your derrière sistematically handed to you. The game is one hit kill when armed with sword and when disarmed if your opponent strikes you on the ground he'll snap your neck and kill you, but this is just a mean to an end, since your main goal ain't to kill your opponent but to get to the last screen you need to push to be devoured by the mythical serpent Nidhogg, hence the name of the game, and to do that you need to kill you enemy and move forward through each screen, being lead to a fence-fueled tug of war. And the graphics, soundtrack and sound effects match the game perfectly and until now I didn't experienced any major flaws on the gameplay of the game which is fluid and easy to get the hang. The single-player can be fun enough, but the game really shines in the multiplayer, the local versus can make for a really neat party game. So scrap some cash and buy this gem.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Don't know exactly how to describe this beside being wickedly good, both solo and on a party :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
A fast and furious Atari-like wield/run competition that packs just about hour of fun for single player (only 4 levels repeat with harder opponents) but many more with online MP (as well as a configuration to play with friends at home wth the same keyboard). It features a tripping soundtrack and clever ideas but it's too little for more than an occasionnal casual play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
The pure esscence of a fighting game. No combos to memorize. No special moves. Just whoever is best at dueling with their sword (and throwing it).
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9 of 19 people (47%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
العبه حلوه بس صعبه شوي بس انصح في شرائها
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Made me want to kill everyone. Awesome game.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
"GET THAT ♥♥♥♥"
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Online multiplayer is broken.
Refunded.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
its really fun to play with some friends
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
3rd Strike x Xiao Xiao
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
WHO NEEDS TO USE SWORDS WHEN YOU CAN JUST RUN PAST YOUR OPPONENT TO VICTORY?
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
A friend bought this game for me with a 50% off coupon and we played for about 15 minutes, it's relativly entertaining but I have absolutley no clue how the game devs can sleep at night charging $15 dollars for this. This game is realisticly worth MAYBE $6 dollars at the most. The game got old quick, and I don't se myself playing this again anytime soon.

Don't waste your money, please. Wait for a 75%- sale if you just absolutley need to buy this Atari 5200 fencing simulator.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I didn't play this game much but it's indie and it has retro graphics so it's probably bad
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5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This is a hard game, but in a good way. c:
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4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
If you like awesome sword duels, you'll like Nidhogg.
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3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
<3
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