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Nidhogg Review
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Posted: 23 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Nidhogg is a fast two-player duelling game whose simple visuals belie the skill required to defeat your opponent. The novelty is that upon death you reappear in the next screen. The player to advance through the most screens wins.

It looks like a fighting game but is, in fact, more like fencing crossed with a tug-of-war. It's frantic and funny as players try and time their attacks. At times like graceful acrobatics while at others it's just frantic clumsy stabs.

Nidhogg II extends the fighting options but includes frequent arcade-style violence.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 12/09/2014, updated in 2014

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita and PS4

Genres: Action, Fighting, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Messhof (@Messhof)


Duration: This game will take between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.


Nidhogg usually costs £11.99 to £13.49. 


Nidhogg 2

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. You can buy a double pack to give one game to a friend on PC. Buying on PlayStation 3 also grants free access on PlayStation Vita via Cross-Buy feature on PlayStation.

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Content Rating

Nidhogg was rated PEGI 7 for frequent scenes of mild violence. Nidhogg 2 was rated PEGI 12 with frequent arcade-style violence. This is a 2D platform style of game. Violence in the game is non-realistic looking. When a character dies, it will spectacularly fall apart into cartoon style skeletal pieces, the remnants of the character will then dissolve into a thick viscous liquid the colour of which is based on the colour of the character be it pink, orange etc. Very colourful effects and no blood or gore. The volume of ‘liquid’ that is seen on the ground before and after the character disappears is vastly more than that seen to exude from the character during the fight.

The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

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