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:
Recent:
Very Positive (95 reviews) - 81% of the 95 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (4,840 reviews) - 87% of the 4,840 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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LOS HERMANOS SOMBREROS
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
"This is Nidhogg, then you get to the end and get eaten by the giant worm"

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AshinoX1
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
my nidhogg just updated and now it is unplayerable, spites cover the screen and flicker on and off, i just bought it aswell and was about to play with a friend and now have to wait for the next update to be able to play it. i cannot even see the main menu because the game is that broken at the moment. i do recomend getting this game, i have played it before but for me now i cannot play it.
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Cydhra
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
A very fast paced, two player game (there is an AI, too, which comes in many and partly demanding difficulty, but you want to play this with another real player)
The game is innovative, easy to understand, easy to learn and hard to master. It is very fun to play with friends, though it might destroy your friendship ;)
One round lasts only a few minutes, except the players are on an very even level and no one is able to outplay his opponent. In that case, a game can last longer.
There is also a multiplayer for random enemies, a tournament mode and some more, just discover it.
I definetly recommend this game for a quick run in between.

There is only one issue I need to critize:
The game sometimes has to fight wich huge delays between clients, where you kill your opponent and suddenly fall down dead to ground and your opponent is alive again, because he killed you faster. But you can get over it, because the game is so quick, that the revenge is not far away.
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CatDad500
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
A few years ago I held a video game tournament party. This was one of the games on the list. It was the final game. EVERYONE WENT NUTS. Honestly this is a great party game / local co op. It is so cheap and great. Buy this now.
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French Jesus
( 41.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Do you like brutal games, but hate blood? Do you like vibrant colors and swordfighting? Do you enjoy playing 2d platformers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Nidhogg is the game for you! Featuring Yellow Guy and Orange Man, Nidhogg will knock your rainbow colored socks off! With a long list of playable characters such as

- Yellow Guy
- Orange Man (If you play in multiplayer)

And, if you order Nidhogg today, you get a giant worm beast ABSOLUTELY FREE! That's right folks, it's the deal of a lifetime!

Seriously though, get this game.
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Cooly23
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Is literal ♥♥♥♥.
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Alex
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I think it is a good game
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Grag.
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Frekin love it! Great game to play with friends and a great game to play by yourself. Needs a controller though.
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El Blanco
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I have a Mac, and I got this to play with a friend who has a Windows. Turns out, only Mac users can play together. Thanks a lot, you lazy *** developer. What a load of ****
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badfish
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
great friends, good times
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
61 of 93 people (66%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
way overpriced, 4 levels with 1 gamemode for $15, even if it is fun that's way too much.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
It's funny and competitive. No other game lets you that much control over your sword. The fighters are nimble, and the controls are smooth.

As much as it's amazing when playing with someone, it's boring alone, and the online is dead. Buy it only if you have IRL friends. Also, to play only in short game sessions.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
The game that my girlfriend and I are evenly matched in. The butt clenching is real and the button mashing can be evident. Nidhogg is one of those games that remind you of classical combat games in an arcade, it is one of the best indie platformer sword fighting games on the market at this price point. Saying that I think it is the only indie platformer sword fighting game around this price point.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game is short but sweet having 4 levels to fight in 1vs1 pvp. It's best to play this couch local multiplay as the online mode hardly has anyone playing or you'll disconnect when too much pixel blood is on the floor. Would be eaten by pink serpent hotdog thing again <3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This is a great way to lose friends. This game will have you screaming, possibly raging, and perhaps confused. That being said, it is a great game to play with friends. It is enjoyable, although frustrating as well. It is challenging, but that is a good aspect of competitve games. I bought the game when it was on sale and bought a few extra copies to share with friends. I am certain I would not pay full price for this game. Playing online runs pretty smoothly, sometimes there is a bit of lag, but nothing that changes the game's odds. I have played with another person using a single computer and it was very reponsive, and a great time. I personally think for your own sanity it may be better to have people at separate computers.

TLDR: Good, challenging game that is fun with friends. Wait till it goes on sale, buy a few copies for friends to play too,
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
game is amazing for a time. but after a while it gets boring with the only things being: stab, throw sword, punch.
that being said, it is loads of fun and it can run on a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ school laptop. more then worth your money
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
An absolutely brilliant title that is an essential edition to your Steam library, assuming you have friends. This game is a blast to play with a buddy or a group of friends. It's easy to play and incredibly satisfying to master. The duels you encounter will be well worth the hefty fee for this game, although I do recommend picking it up during a sale. This game is a 1v1 sword fighting game with very simple controls and it also features a built-in tournament mode for eight players making it a great and essential party game. I can almost guarantee that you will not regret this purchase when it is on sale for anything less than the listed $15.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
hilarious party game to play that provides an even skill level for all players
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Game is good. But is bad this need friend. No so many fun alone.
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