Nidhogg Review

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Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting, Rhythm and Shooting

 

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CommitmentCommitment

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.

CostsCosts

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.

This game is free with PlayStation Now.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

 

Nidhogg was rated PEGI 7 for frequent scenes of mild violence. Nidhogg 2 was rated PEGI 12 with frequent arcade-style violence. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: 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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

No Unlocking Required: Access any mode, location, character, weapon or vehicle from the start.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

No Reading: No reading is required.

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Remap Game Menu Access: You can remap buttons to pause and access game menu.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @JonahMonaghan


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