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17 Great Games Like Nidhogg

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Nidhogg and have found the following:
 

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.

Unfortunately, Nidhogg is not available on Android, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

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

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita and PS4

Genres: Action, Fighting, Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @Messhof

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Costs: Purchase cost

13 Hand Picked Games Like Nidhogg

These are our hand-picked games similar to Nidhogg. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Nidhogg, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018

Price: 23% off

Platforms: DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.

Sifu

Sifu

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 22/02/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Fighting, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @SloClap

Players: This is a single player game

Sifu is a martial arts fighting game with a flowing control system and ageing protagonist. You fight with Kung-Fu combat designed with impact and authenticity in mind.

Limbo

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 05/06/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: Android, PS Vita, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @Playdead

Players: This is a single player game

Control a small boy as he runs, jumps and climbs through a dark, silhouetted forest that clanks and hums with foreboding. As the age-rating suggests, he is killed in all manner of gruesome ways. But this is not without reason. Rather than violent...

Cricket Through The Ages

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 03/10/2019

Platforms: Mac and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action and Sports

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @DevolverDigital

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Cricket Through the Ages is a competitive sport game themed around cricket but with little to do with the rules of that game. Players face off and aim for each other as much as wickets. Controls work by holding or tapping the screen to spin limbs and...

Towerfall

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-14 year-olds

Release Date: 25/06/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @Exok_Games

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...

Unto The End

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 09/12/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Role-Playing and Simulation

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: @2TonStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Unto The End is a cinematic combat-adventure where the fighting is modelled in a read-and-react style. It requires time to master the unusual system but offers many ways to take on foes. Tactics and intelligent decisions are as important for survival as...

Cannon Brawl

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/07/2016, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @Petey123567

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Cannon Brawl is a two-player battle where you collect resources and build weapons and defences, all in real time. It’s shout-out-loud fun where one wrong shot can let your opponent get the upper hand. Each battle is as frantic as it is silly. To win...

Castle Crashers

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/09/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: @TheBehemoth

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Castle Crashers is a cartoon looking fighting game, like Golden Axe, The Simpsons or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games, set in a medieval universe where a dark wizard steals a mystical gem and captures four princesses. Four knights are charged...

Fight Crab

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 15/09/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Fighting and Simulation

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: @Crab_Fight

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Fight Crab is an fighting game where you battle with weaponised crabs. But rather than pressing buttons to pull off moves, you have to work with the game’s over-the-top physics. This combines with giant crustaceans, insane weapons and claws to create...

Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms

Arms

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 16/06/2017

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Arms is a fighting game where you brawl other players with your abnormally long arms. The play is simple with motion and button controls to move around and attack the enemy player in a boxing-style arena. It's like Wii-Sports Boxing but with many more...

Killer Instinct (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 22/11/2013

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: @IronGalaxy

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Killer Instinct is a fighting game series. The third installation released for free with the Xbox One launch. This built on Killer Instinct and Killer Instinct 2 and added more characters as time progressed.

Freedom Finger

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/09/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Rhythm and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @widerightgames

Players: This is a single player game

Freedom Finger is a tongue in cheek game where you pilot a hand that can shoot from its middle finger. Along with the shooting, the game is music driven as you punch, grab, and pound enemies to smithereens. It takes the classic, Gradius and Nemisis...

Ape Out

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 28/02/2019

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @GabeCuzzillo

Players: This is a single player game

Ape Out is a stylised fighting game where you control an ape trying to escape a facility. Although it's violent, the gameplay focuses on rhythm and style rather than just gore. As you move, grab and throw your attackers the soundtrack responds to create...

4 Easier Games than Nidhogg

If you like the sound of Nidhogg but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating required.
 

Nidhogg is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Nidhogg in the following lists:

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant, all-age competitive fun is something video games are known for. Find the right games for your family and you can create important and healthy ways to let off steam, excel and persevere as you sit next to each other on the sofa. These games can play a big part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat. Kids love competing online, but the games here focus on battling in the same room. Played with multiple controllers and a shared screen, they offer challenges that require real skill and give everyone a chance to rise to the top of the family pile.
 
Arms
PEGI Rating 12 for Arms
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Blur
PEGI Rating 12 for Blur

Remote Play Together With Steam

Some games are designed with online play. For those that only have local multiplayer, you can use a feature on Steam called Steam Remote Play Together to play these games with a friend in another place as if they were sat next to you. You can use online chat pass the controls back and forth or each control different players to co-operate or compete.

Not all games support these feature but for those that do, listed here, all you need is one copy of the game for the two of you, an account on Steam and a PC to play on in your separate locations and a good internet connection.

You can also use the Steam Remote Play Anywhere feature to stream your games from you PC to another device like a smartphone or tablet. This enables you to play in a different room of the house or on the go.
 

Exuberant Games For Pre-16 Year-Olds

There's a gap when children are starting to outgrow PEGI 12 rated games but aren't necessarily ready for PEGI 16 rated shooting and fighting experiences. The games in this list offer some options that are genuinely exuberant and exhilarating but with lower levels of violence.

It's important to say that parents should take a close look at the rating information for these games and make their own judgement on appropriateness for their child.

These are intended as good first steps into older rating games, when you think your child is ready. We go through some really good examples of these exciting, fast-action game for a range of ages. They are mostly all PEGI 12 or under, apart from games like Halo or Jedi Fallen Order, which we have included as this is a lower ESRB TEEN rating in the US.
 


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