Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Jan 20, 2014
    93
    A brilliant marriage of mechanics, level design and music that will be played and talked about for years to come.
  2. Mar 10, 2014
    90
    A peculiar, thrilling and essential addition to your PC games collection. Best played with friends/enemies. [Apr 2014, p.76]
  3. Feb 18, 2014
    90
    So what we have here is a future-classic, old-school indie title for individuals and like-minded folk alike.
  4. Feb 13, 2014
    90
    Expressed in modest trappings, Nidhogg quietly aims to recast the mold of a competitive fighting game.
  5. Jan 22, 2014
    90
    The new levels feel rich and generous, and will absolutely reinvigorate the game for anyone who played it to death at indie gaming events.
  6. Jan 20, 2014
    90
    Even with a grimy netcode and a poor single-player mode, Nidhogg is a perfectly balanced multiplayer experience. Accessible for the average gamer, ideal for the pro and striking for an evening with some friends.
  7. Jan 16, 2014
    90
    Nidhogg is yet more proof that a simple concept with a simple goal can work, and work well. In a way, it reminds me of a Super Smash Brothers Melee tournament; simple combat and pure competition, that’s what makes Nidhogg so amazing.
  8. Jan 16, 2014
    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.
  9. Jan 16, 2014
    90
    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.
  10. Jan 15, 2014
    90
    It’s the most exhilarating competitive game I’ve played in years.
  11. Jan 15, 2014
    90
    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.
  12. Jan 14, 2014
    90
    Nidhogg stands as one of the true kings of competitive gameplay, and that doesn't need to be patched one bit.
  13. Nidhogg is a very good game because it takes you back to the 1980s. With the basic control system, you can easily get used to teh playstyle. Daedelus has created the perfect musical score for the game. So, take your friend and play Nidhogg for hours or enjoy it by yourself.
  14. Jan 31, 2014
    85
    Very competitive and rewarding experience, for gamers who ask an awesome mixture of tactics and action. Unfortunately the online multiplayer is suffering from what seems to be an rushed launch, but the value of the package is still great. Definitely a must buy if you still enjoy multiplayer gaming with friends in the same room.
  15. Jan 22, 2014
    85
    The thrill of the fight condensed in a bunch of pixels. Antagonistic, competitive, biting.
  16. Jan 18, 2014
    85
    Nidhogg is the 8-bit Bushido Blade demake we never knew we wanted, offering up a sublime one-on-one fencing experience like no other. I just wish we got more.
  17. Jan 16, 2014
    85
    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.
  18. Jan 16, 2014
    85
    If you’re keen on games that are easy to learn but difficult to master, Nidhogg is for you. The combat system is incredibly fun, and there are so many heart-stopping moments packed into each round that it’s tough to keep count. Once the online issues are fixed, it’ll be a source of constant competition for months to come.
  19. 80
    The art of swordplay meets the art of dynamic gameplay. An offer for two that shines mostly through local multiplayer. [Issue #239]
  20. Feb 3, 2014
    80
    Nidhogg is the prove that you don’t need an advanced game engine to deliver a good game. The game is tactical duel between you and the opponent, but it delivers this is such a good way that it’s really enjoyable and fun to play.
  21. Feb 3, 2014
    80
    The most frantic party game since Mashed, the most elegant Budokan since Budokan. A surreal elaboration delivers more juice to its engaging swordplay, the engaging swordplay delivers more juice to any of its random jousts.
  22. Feb 2, 2014
    80
    Nidhogg is a game that is messy and finely tuned, at the same time. It’s certainly niche, definitely esoteric, but for those that it does tickle, (especially those who have a friend to play with in real, physical space), it’s the kind of experience that is unlike anything I can think of, and since first coming across it years ago, has been talked about with a sense of wistful nostalgia by anyone I know who’s played it. And that’s got to be worth something.
  23. Jan 21, 2014
    80
    As the years go by, opportunities to shout expletives into the face of someone you call your “friend” become less and less frequent. Nidhogg brings that joy back into your life.
  24. Jan 21, 2014
    80
    It’s a small package but there’s a wealth of value to be found in the creative gameplay that’ll spur you through many hours of gaming.
  25. Jan 20, 2014
    80
    One of the most original, exhilarating, entertaining and competitive action-fighting game ever.
  26. Jan 19, 2014
    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.
  27. Jan 18, 2014
    80
    Nidhogg is definitely a blast if you have a few friends around, and it's easy to see why it has been hyped up over the last few years.
  28. Jan 17, 2014
    80
    In blending standard kill-or-be-killed fighting game mechanics with a totally unique offense vs. defense structure — married to its distinctive, fantastic presentation — Nidhogg still exists as something totally original in a genre that often feels dangerously tired.
  29. Jan 17, 2014
    80
    If you have friends nearby, this is some of the most fun you can have stabbing them through the heart.
  30. Jan 16, 2014
    80
    Expertly balanced and mechanically brilliant, you can't do much better than Nidhogg when it comes to local multiplayer. There are concerns about Nidhogg's online mode, but Nidhogg's best played in person in any case.
  31. Jan 26, 2014
    75
    Frenetic and easy to pick-up, yet quite deep, Nidhogg is lacking in contents and quality of the net code. A game which fits very well in offline multiplayer sessions with friends.
  32. Jan 24, 2014
    75
    With human competition Nidhogg stages captivating sword fighting duels. But the surprisingly deep fighting system suffers from lack of content and a weak campaign.
  33. Jan 23, 2014
    75
    Beyond its simplicity, there's a lot of hard work that manages to offer a fun and addictive experience, specially for those who have someone to play with. If for you visuals are not the most important part of a game, this one definitely deserves a try.
  34. Jan 18, 2014
    75
    Nidhogg is well-honed, mechanical gameplay stripped down to its core. The combat is fun, but I wish Messhof applied the same striving for perfection to the presentation and game modes as it did to the swordplay.
  35. Mar 9, 2014
    70
    A beautifully presented retro game that proves less really can be more, but lacks any lasting appeal beyond the immense joys of local multiplayer. [Apr 2014, p.70]
  36. Mar 5, 2014
    70
    A very simple game with a very enjoyable, addictive gameplay – especially if you play it online. [03/2014, p.59]
  37. Jan 22, 2014
    70
    Under the right circumstances, Messhof has established a new and shocking blood sport that’ll captivate audiences and players alike.
  38. Jan 18, 2014
    70
    Nidhogg is a polarizing game. Experiencing it the way it’s meant to be played (via local multiplayer) is a fantastically fun event. Without that, it’s easy to pick at the ways in which the game feels small.
  39. Jan 17, 2014
    70
    Nidhogg is a strange, unholy pastiche of lo-fi aesthetics and surprisingly deep, albeit minimal play; taking cues from decades of arcade-style 1v1 fighting games and modern indie darlings.
  40. Jan 17, 2014
    70
    Niddhog is a nice and nervous pixel art swordfight game, and you will enjoy it if you have a friend and two controllers at home.
  41. Jan 15, 2014
    70
    Nidhogg is a simple and enjoyable package, only marred by an unstable netcode, a limited stage selection, and all-too-simple options.
  42. Feb 6, 2014
    65
    Just like a skilled swordsman, the developer of Nidhogg disarmed me and lured into a trap – you either miss one of the best fighting experiences ever made, or pay $15 for what is basically an incomplete game.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Jan 16, 2014
    4
    When i first saw Nidhogg, my expectations were pretty high and I was pretty damn hyped. I was looking forward to a game with deep and extremely satisfying combat.
    Unfortunately the reality was a lot less. The game has a relatively high price tag for an indie game overall, and there is nothing to get your money's worth in it. The combat is disappointingly simple and somewhat stiff, the graphics are run-of-the-mill pixel art, there are only four levels, the single player consists of playing each of them four times and takes about 30-40 minutes. The game in general has very little to offer for such a high price tag.
    Give it a pass until it's in a bundle and then find a friend to play this with.
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  2. Jan 20, 2014
    3
    Mediocre game. Not many things to note in favor... maybe the gameplay is ok and the retro touch is nice. It couldn't really keep me occupied for more that half an hour. Full Review »
  3. Jan 14, 2014
    10
    This is one of the most fun games I've played in recent memory. If they add more maps and fix the matchmaking system (which at the moment kind of works but sorta doesn't) this could be GOTY 2014. The long dev cycle certainly payed off as this game is fluid and fast and crazy fun. Full Review »