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  • Summary: 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 opponentsNidhogg 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. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  1. Feb 11, 2014
    10
    Highly addictive platforming game with fast paced action, great soundtrack and all up a solid, balanced, well designed action filledHighly addictive platforming game with fast paced action, great soundtrack and all up a solid, balanced, well designed action filled platformer. There is a small amount of lag whilst playing online but the game remains playable regardless. Expand
  2. Apr 17, 2014
    10
    One of the most fun and original fighting games I've ever played. It's simple, and I believe thats where some of the negative reviews comeOne of the most fun and original fighting games I've ever played. It's simple, and I believe thats where some of the negative reviews come from. If you have a competitive buddy who wants to play a fighting game, this is the game for you. Expand
  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 kindThis 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. Expand
  4. Feb 9, 2014
    8
    Nidhogg is a nice twist to the head-to-head fightning games. Featuring an unique gameplay style, the game makes everything rewarding. The A.I.Nidhogg is a nice twist to the head-to-head fightning games. Featuring an unique gameplay style, the game makes everything rewarding. The A.I. sometimes is tough, making you feel that you are fightning a real opponent, unlike most of the fightning games which required to spam a combo a biliion of times to win. Nidhogg isn't about combos, it is about skill. If you are bad, that's your fault, not the game. The game is incredibly easy to understand and play, but it is hard to master. Multiplayer is fun, specially with local, with constant laughs at each one failures. However, Nidhoog is limited. There is only four levels and few game modes, which makes the whole thing become repetitive for a while. But Nidhogg is a thing that I want to repeat for a while. The game feels different with each enemy having their own unique strategy and learning how to defeat their strategy is always a pleasure. Expand
  5. Jun 15, 2015
    7
    Nidhogg is excellent for anybody who wants a cool, innovative, and challenging side-scrolling strategy game. There is a solid single-playerNidhogg is excellent for anybody who wants a cool, innovative, and challenging side-scrolling strategy game. There is a solid single-player campaign that is relatively challenging, and the multi-player is fun as well. As you progress, your character doesn't get more skilled, you as the player does, which is really what sparked me to play this game.
    For the people out there that do not like this game because it only really has a multi-player- This game is really inexpensive. You can't expect too much from it. I bought it from the steam sale this summer, and it turned out to be worth the $1.49 that it was. I obviously wouldn't have bought it if it was above $5. If you can snag it for less than $2, it is totally worth it.
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  6. Jan 27, 2014
    5
    Good potential fun that's ruined by a lack of content and horrible lag outside of local play. It's pointless playing such a game if you'reGood potential fun that's ruined by a lack of content and horrible lag outside of local play. It's pointless playing such a game if you're going to be even 1 frame behind your opponent.

    Out of the pitiful 4 maps, only one of them is even remotely worth playing. The other maps are short and have annoying gimmicks while the Clouds map gives your eyes aids. And while the concept and general play is pretty fun and competitive, additively so, so much more could have been accomplished with things like interactive environments and additional movements.

    And while the reviewer seems to think there is no set strategy for success and that play is pretty equal, two things come across as questionable: the first being the jump attack which is far too overpowered, making the disadvantage of having no sword completely nulled. I'd like to say it's easy to counter, but it really isn't unless your general play consists of nothing but assuming the player will use it. Second, the fencing mechanic seems inconsistent. A lot of the time it just seems to be pure randomness as to who parries and whose lunge hits first. Like someone said, a game of rock paper scissors, except you have no idea which one you've employed.

    The controls are a bit annoying too. Oftentime it's difficult to remember and utilise which of the three positions your sword is in when running, and when both throwing your sword and rolling is set to up and down on the controls respectively, you will often find yourself doing the wrong movement half the time.

    Also, I can't help but disregard both the price and time to make this. It's nearly double the price of your average indie game, and has literally zero working content outside local play on the Castle map.
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  7. Aug 21, 2015
    0
    ¨The game was funny against Ruben but niko was too god and therefore it sux.¨The game was funny against Ruben but niko was too god and therefore it sux. ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy lmao Expand

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