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 (2,030 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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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
    • 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
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Are you into intense, fast, and satisfying sword-fighting action? Nidhogg is just that.

Nidhogg has simple, intuitive controls, but a lot of moves to master. You can play with bots, which get progressively harder every level, but Nidhogg reaches its peak when you have someone else to play, scream, and battle with. The online multiplayer certainly needs a lot of work, but local multiplayer is really fun and fast-paced. The ability to play in tournaments is also really good, if you're having a party with a lot of people. With various different moves and tactics Nidhogg gets super heated. If you don't like the way the controls work, you can just configure them yourself! The soundtracks meet the battle to a T and the stages are amazing.

However, this game does have some flaws. The online multiplayer is pretty bad, considering the fact that it's pretty laggy, and more often then not, the host has some kind of advantage. If you're only looking to play online and don't enjoy playing with bots or don't have friends over frequently to play locally, this game may not be right for you. This game also has only four (albeit beautiful) stages and overall doesn't have a ton of content for ~$15.00.

So, tl;dr, this game has awesome speedy sword-fighting down completely. Good music, good stages, and decent "replayability". Fun is increased when you have more friends to play with, but online play is not recommended and may be a bit small for $14.99 (plus tax).
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
This game is very well-made. I say this because it requires skill to play, is fast-paced, has wonderful backgrounds, and simply has an interesting and fun concept behind it. It's also very satisfying to fake out your opponent with a tricky sword maneuver and jam a rapier through his head. Additionally, the soundtrack is phenomenal!

However, the replayability of the game is limited, as there are only four maps and the online multiplayer is a bit rough around the edges (it's much better and more responsive while playing local multiplayer or singleplayer), and once you beat the singleplayer campaign you need friends who enjoy playing it as much as you do.

Overall, I would highly recommend this game, as it is entertaining, satisfying, and while it is easy to learn, it is difficult to master (but very rewarding when you get it down pat). I actually have more hours on record than Steam reports I do, because I've played it on a different computer and the transfer of playtime between computers was not very good; I have about 10 hours more than the amount shown above invested in this game, and I still play it and recommend it heartily. Well worth the money, and well worth the time you'll spend playing it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Praise the Nidhogg!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
you'll poke an eye out, kid
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Sword
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
There's not enough content in Nidhogg to justify buying it for 14€, but discounted it's a helluva lot of fun in multiplayer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
FUN! PLAY! NOW!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Awesome game. I highly recommend it. Just make sure you have actual controllers because it is extremely difficult to play on mouse and keyboard.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Some of the best multiplayer I have ever played
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Me and my brother only got bored after playing 1 hour i really suggest this game i just hope for more maps in a update or dlc
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
A game where you stab your friends repeatedly. Cool mechanics, a lot of fun if you play with friends and really challenging if you play enough of it. From what I have experienced, the net code was a bit unstable and wasnt always the best, and the game feels a bit repetitive. Good game, but get quickly a bit boring if you dont play with friends or make it fun. Is it worth the prize? Depends on what your taste is, but I recomend getting it on a sale!

7,2/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
roll roll jump jump poke poke
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Let's be honest: unless you have friends in the same room willing to play with you, rinse and repeat the simple process over and over, this game's not gonna fly. Even if you do, it won't more than 10hrs probably. 4 simple levels, dull workable music, variations--but nah. Maybe it's too competitive for this generation?

Run Forest, run! Less you stop to see the forest through the trees... ~
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
You play the AOL guy as you stab your way through the competition. The final boss being the current FTC and comcast. You remove comcast from power to enact your own laws. Which are 5 dollars per minute of streaming internet at any speeds. Requiring users to only use AOL news and AIM chatrooms.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
GET THAT ♥♥♥♥! GET THAT ♥♥♥♥! Bro the game. Gotta say, "bro" for every word. Warning, frustration awaits if you got no skill :>
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
its a gentlemans game.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
yes
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
LUV IT
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0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Fun with a controller, right away.
Fast paced, awesome fights. very cool close calls and finishing moves.

Not very deep in story or gameplay, but the different levels bring their own elements to keep things fun and fresh.

I recommend this game.
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Fun game but both my ps2 pads and madcatz fightstick pro can't be used
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