• Nidhogg
84
Based on 21 scores, 22 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    11
  • Good:
    8
  • Average:
    2
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Visually striking.
  • Symmetrical levels give neither player an advantage.
  • High drama at every button press.

Cons:

  • Almost nonexistent single-player.
  • Online matches leave much to be desired.

Expert reviews and ratings

By EuroGamer on 90

Besides, there are worse things in life than being encouraged to get your money's worth from Nidhogg; to put the TV somewhere everyone can see it, to get some pads linked up and throw a local multiplayer party. Rounds of Starwhal: Just the Tip and Samurai Gunn, leading up to a Nidhogg tournament? That evening would be priceless.

By HardcoreGamer on 70

Outside of the nuanced fighting mechanics, there is little to keep players coming back. For some people, this will be enough to more than justify the price. For others, it will seem a squandered investment. I certainly like Nidhogg, but don’t expect to fall head over heels for it any time soon.

By GameSpot on 80

Indeed, if you intend to play alone, Nidhogg is almost certainly not the game for you. But it also offers a rare local multiplayer experience that is easy to pick up, highly competitive, and perfectly balanced. If you have friends nearby, this is some of the most fun you can have stabbing them through the heart.

By GameTrailers on 90

To put it plainly, Nidhogg is incredibly fun. If you can appreciate the game’s style for what it is and you don’t have an ego as fragile as glass, you’ll delight in testing your mettle against another’s. And even if you lose, at least you didn’t get eaten by some horrible beast.

By Metro UK on 80

A superb multiplayer game with some of the best virtual sword-fighting ever seen, giving you the best reason to crowd round a PC since a kitten did something cute on YouTube.

By IGN on 90

Despite the surreal abstraction of the art style this feels more realistic than any sword-fighting than anything else I’ve ever played, where a single slip in concentration can mean your end. It’s the most exhilarating competitive game I’ve played in years.

By DigitalSpy on 80

It does what it sets out to do, providing plenty of thrills and laughs in the process. But if you don't have any buddies nearby who would be into swordfights, it's worth holding off until the online becomes more stable.

By EdgeOnline on 90

Still, Nidhogg is not about lengthy stage lists, improvable online systems, fussy control mapping or AI. 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.

By Destructoid on 90

Nidhogg is a perfect game wrapped in a not-so-perfect package. When playing locally against another human, it is the epitome of competition. Playing online is a mixed bag of lag, disconnects, and a weird chat system. Hopefully some of the bugs get ironed out over time, especially whatever stopped the tutorial from functioning, to make everything more functional as a whole.

By NowGamer on 80

Expertly balanced and mechanically brilliant, you can't do much better than Nidhogg when it comes to local multiplayer.

By Gamezebo on 100

Much to my delight, Nidhogg delivers on exactly what it promises to be: a frantic sword-fighting game built entirely with multiplayer in mind. Thanks to its sharp AI the single player is a pretty great substitute, but let’s be clear: Nidhogg is a game best enjoyed with friends. If you have any, you should probably be buying this right now.

By PC Gamer on 93

A brilliant marriage of mechanics, level design and music that will be played and talked about for years to...

By Polygon on 80

But Nidhogg may struggle to find a foothold even in those social situations - there are just four arenas in total, and while each is incredibly well-crafted, I felt unsatisfied with the number of options on hand during longer play sessions.

By GameSpot on -

You throw your sword at your opponent's head and curse as it's deflected. You're now defenseless, and your opponent knows it. He runs at you, ready to strike. You have only half a second. You roll backward, grab an old sword off the ground, and get it up...

By TheMittani on 85

Nidhogg, much like its indie kin Samurai Gunn and Towerfall, is the principle of sheer, bloody, competitive fun distilled to a pure essence. It's the first notable release of 2014, and it sets a bar for the rest of the year that may be tough to match.

By VideoGamer on 90

While the online multiplayer may eventually provide an alternative, it's laggy and unpredictable in its current state. Nidhogg is a game to be enjoyed with friends while in the same room together, and it may be the best title you play that way this year.

By IndieGameMag on 80

All in all, though, indie gamers who enjoy fierce, solid dueling would regret not getting their hands on Nidhogg. As long as competition exists among us, strong titles like this will inspire countless hours of blood-pumping rivalry.

By GameFront on 85

All in all, Nidhogg is a fantastic little indie gem, and the addition of online matchmaking allows me to recommend it without it being conditional on whether you have friends to play it with. It’s got simple, but deep combat and a well-designed, if a bit paltry, selection of levels, and it’s just a blast to play. Say hello to 2014’s first great game.

By TwoDashStash on 80

Nidhogg is a game of “land” tug-0f-war in its simplest form. It’s also fun, fast paced and worth a look, whether you like indie games or not.

By CVG on 90

Yet Nidhogg arguably doesn't need diverse levels, much in the same way that chess doesn't need any colour beyond black and white. This is a game which, at its core, is so impeccably balanced that it would shine on a blank screen. Its raw layout and design sometimes comes across as unfinished work, but the fundamentals are exceptionally refined.