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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Very Positive (66 reviews) - 86% of the 66 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (5,025 reviews) - 86% of the 5,025 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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somethingreallyvagueandstupid
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
very tense and exciting combat on varying levels that are all interesting. and you can play it in short bursts which is a treat. great game.
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Lightru
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
Deus Vult My brother
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planeguy
16.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
DON'T! I HAVE THE HIGH GROUND ANAKIN!
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WizardNeeds
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
Some rounds last 2 minutes, some last 20 minutes. Either way you're in for a fun time.
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Qweeble
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
En garde!
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Quark
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
fun for a while
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Pubesicle
8.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
The game is very fun to play with friends, but playing the same few maps eventually grows stale. The mechanics are great but I really wish the developers would add some more variety.
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littleshed
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
Do you want to turn on Sticky Keys?
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30phil1
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
Buy it on a 50% off sale. It gets old really quick.

Other than that, this game feels more like an arcade cabinet turned Steam title (Wait, what? There IS an arcade cabinet?

On a side note the arcade version is really good)
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GEDOSLAND
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
Do you have friends that live relatively close to you? Buy this game.

Do you lack friends that live relatively close to you or lack friends entirely? Don't buy this game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
It's fun, it's a nice casual game, but... It not worth $15.

The content is really minimal, and you'll be done with everything in something like 2 hours.

It's based around the idea of playing it with friends (local and online) but... It's just hard to play for more than 30 minutes due to it's repetivity.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Not bad to pass the time but would only get it on sale. Simple and fun, feels like a mobile game at times though. Good for fans of fighting games and mind games.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I lost my eardrums because my friends were screaming to-

"stop running away, you ♥♥♥♥♥♥"




I also lost a friend.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
This is one of the most intense pvp experiences on steam. A classic example of less is more. A true minimalist masterpeice. Recommend to players who like to get competitive with their friends as well as those who enjoy spilling some technicolor, pixelated blood.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Fencing. Screams, Pixel blood everywhere. Giant man eating worms. Fisticuffs. Stabbing people with long pointy things. 10/10. Would shed pixelated blood again. Single player very short/aracadish but don't care. So many rainbows of pixel blood.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Nidhogg is solid but extremely simple - it's a nice diversion but it can't hold your attention for very long. The mechanics are cute but they get old really fast. I played the game quite a few times on Xbox, mostly local multiplayer with friends, and it was good for a few laughs, but we'd turn to something else after twenty minutes, tops. This Steam version plays the same for better or worse, but it also adds on *extremely* poor netcode. I was really shocked by how poorly the game runs online...a friend and I labored through fifteen minutes of stuttering, jerky matches that made it practically impossible to land an accurate hit or jump over a chasm. I'm struggling to understand why such a seemingly simple game would have such bad networking.

On top of all that, this is a simple little multiplayer game that can't really be played online, so you would think the price should reflect. Nope...it's 15 dollars or 16.99 CAD. You can read up on the game and watch some clips to decide if it is worth that price to you, but I definitely don't think it is. I actually got the game in a Humble Bundle pack so I didn't pay too much for it, but for everyone else, I'd say that this game isn't anywhere near worth a 15 dollar investment. If you're really interested in it, you should wait for a sale...but even then, remember that online play is functionally broken and the game probably won't be enough to hold your long-term interest.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
snooze factor of >5
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
249 of 270 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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817 of 1,027 people (80%) found this review helpful
37 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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