Symmetrical levels give neither player an advantage.
High drama at every button press.
Simple controls that allow for complex moves.
Tournament system can sap hours of time with the right players.
Almost nonexistent single-player.
Online matches leave much to be desired.
Only four stages, one of which isnít very good.
Animation can be jarring.
AI is easy to exploit.
By EuroGamer on January 22, 2014
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.90
By HardcoreGamer on January 20, 2014
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.70
By GameSpot on January 20, 2014
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.80
By GameTrailers on January 20, 2014
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.90
By Metro UK on January 20, 2014
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.80
By IGN on January 20, 2014
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.90
By DigitalSpy on January 20, 2014
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.80
By EdgeOnline on January 20, 2014
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.90
By Destructoid on January 20, 2014
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.90
By NowGamer on January 20, 2014
Expertly balanced and mechanically brilliant, you can't do much better than Nidhogg when it comes to local multiplayer.80