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 (29 reviews) - 75% of the 29 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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swaybalon
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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NotTheRealTim
0.3 hrs
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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Gun Science
2.8 hrs
Posted: September 21
When will there be an update?
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jessenothing97
5.8 hrs
Posted: September 20
Love playing this with friends. The idea behind it is simple, but damn it is super fun with great replay value. Also the arcade mode is hard as ♥♥♥♥, but awesome.
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Arabic
2.8 hrs
Posted: September 17
A great way to remember there are some good indie games out there! Wait, not for fifteen dollars...
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PRISON MIKE ☎ ✂ ✉ ✎
9.9 hrs
Posted: September 14
Perfect lightweight game for battling your buds locally. A suprising amount of depth for a very straight forwad platformer. Highly recommend mixing a few drinking games into the tournaments ;D
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BlackenedPies
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 12
Nidhogg is a 1v1 fencing-fighting game. It's a fun skill-based off/online multiplayer. The AI is decent but fights very different from humans

The cons are the lack of content and high price. It has everything you need in a fighting game but only 4 levels and no customization. It's not worth near $15 and I'd hesitate to pay $5. I got this in a Humble Bundle and was shocked to see the retail price

Worth checking out on deep sale
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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 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);
- 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
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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
254 of 275 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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826 of 1,036 people (80%) found this review helpful
48 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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671 of 890 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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233 of 298 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
Probably few people have heard about Nidhogg. At first glance it's a simple 2D fighting with 8-bit graphics. But is it really?

 I CHALLENGE YOU TO A PIXEL DUEL

  There is no plot in Nidhogg. Instead, only fights with a computer opponent or with other people in online. The meaning of each battle is not killing the enemy, but in achieving the opposite end of the map. Four keys for movement, one key for punch and one key for jump. Sounds easier than it actually is. In fact, fightings are very funny and full of madness, but not without subtleties of the combat system. I advise you to play only in the company of friends. Singleplayer and online battles with strangers doesn't bring much fun.

 NOT ENOUGH PIXELS

  Nidhogg has enough of advantages to buy it. But there are some unpleasant drawbacks. Too few maps, quickly bored gameplay, inconvenient system for playing online with friends (A friend is not always able to connect to your game). These shortcomings, in fact, are not much spoiling the gaming experience. If it were not for one thing. Too high price. Seriously. It should cost twice less, judging on how many content in it.

 Multiplayer:
  Online: ☺☺☺☺☺OOOOO
  Co-op: Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ
 Storyline: Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ Θ
 Graphics: ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺OOO
 Gameplay: ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺OO

 Complexity of the achievements: Some achievements will make you play this game for a long time. And not all of them can be easily performed.

   Nidhogg is a game with a so much
  fun and madness, but with so few
  levels and other content. If you're don't
  mind to spending so much money on it,
  then you'll are sure to spend a few fun
  evenings.
                    To buy or not to buy, that is the question [6.5/10].
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229 of 297 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
If you don't have anyone to play with locally, don't buy it.
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236 of 309 people (76%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
This game was meant for LOCAL play only, the online play is horribly laggy and the devoloper(s) haven't updated this game since it's release date.

DO NOT buy this game if you plan on playing this online.
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