Percentile Rank

Nidhogg is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 35 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

74%

Critics Recommend

Based on 35 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

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Top Critic

Unscored
Jan 21, 2014

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.

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TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit
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Unscored
Jan 12, 2014
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Gamestyle
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 27, 2014

When a perfectly crafted game like this does come along, regardless of the era or art style, just enjoy it. It's a truly magnificent creation.

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VGChartz
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Unscored
Jan 17, 2014

It was a long time coming, but NIDHOGG doesn't fail to impress, even after four years of waiting.

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Kritiqal
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 28, 2015

Nidhogg embodies the aggressive, intoxicating thrill of competition.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
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Unscored
Jan 15, 2014

As a singleplayer game, rushing towards completing its series of AI fights at faster and faster speeds is a pleasing diversion, sustained by the AI which seems as silly and quirky as any person. As a multiplayer game, it's destined to be brought out late at night, whenever you've got friends around. Don't worry, you'll say. Nidhogg is easy to explain.

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Scored Reviews

PC Gamer
93 / 100
93 / 100
Jan 20, 2014

A brilliant marriage of mechanics, level design and music that will be played and talked about for years to come.

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Eurogamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 21, 2014

Besides, there are worse things in life than being encouraged to get your money's worth from Nidhogg; to put the TV somewhere everyone can see it, to get some pads linked up and throw a local multiplayer party. Rounds of Starwhal: Just the Tip and Samurai Gunn, leading up to a Nidhogg tournament? That evening would be priceless.

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Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2014

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.

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The Digital Fix
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2014

So what we have here is a future-classic, old-school indie title for individuals and like-minded folk alike. The visuals are retro but work, the soundtrack by Daedelus is dynamic and ever-changing in tune with the onscreen action. The code is so precise the fighting is always balanced and true to your inputs - whether that is a disarm, throw of your knife and preference for fisticuffs, or a straight thrust to the chest (with a little wiggle up and down for that achievement) - that the result is always joy, whether you win or lose. Some might question the idea of paying for a game that's been available free in one form or another for a few years. The riposte to that is that the game is worth it. The developer deserves to be rewarded and this is the best version of the game you could ask for - tournament mode on the living room TV with joypads is, well, quite exquisite.

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Digital Chumps
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2014

Expressed in modest trappings, Nidhogg quietly aims to recast the mold of a competitive fighting game. A deliberate lo-fi aesthetic and input limited to the absolute basics cleverly mask engagement as hardcore and contemplative as any of its peers. By opening its boundaries past the usual static fighting arena, Nidhogg transforms from another one-on-one fighter into something more akin to a goal-oriented sport. It's a fighting game simplified without feeling dumb, a multi-staged combat arena with no particular advantages, and as much a battle of wits as an all-out brawler. Nidhogg is an almost-perfect competitive game.

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IGN
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2014

Nidhogg's sword-fighting is exhilarating and exquisitely balanced. Against friends, its appeal is perhaps limitless.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2014

Regardless of all that, Nidhogg stands as one of the true kings of competitive gameplay, and that doesn't need to be patched one bit.

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GameTrailers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2014

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. And even if you lose, at least you didn't get eaten by some horrible beast.

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VideoGamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 14, 2014

One of the best local multiplayer games I've played in years.

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Paste Magazine
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2014

Once you play either [Nidhogg or Samurai Gunn] for two minutes, you're going to want as wide a library as possible of games in a similar style, and you can believe that's the sincerest compliment my brain contains.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jan 18, 2014

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.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 16, 2014

Nidhogg isn't too satisfying alone, but it offers frantically enjoyable sword-dueling action with local friends.

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Telegraph
Jan 31, 2014

A wonderful mixture of slapstick and precise competitive duelling, Nidhogg is thoroughly entertaining.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 21, 2014

From the wonderful  8-bit graphics (they move so LIFELIKE THOUGH), to the music by Daedelus, there are many maps, tournament styled gameplay, and special settings to really make the game your own in this quirky little indie gem from Messhof.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2014

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.

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Kill Screen
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jan 14, 2014

Nidhogg is fundamentally about that laughter; not the happy laughter you give to a good joke, but the manic and true laughter you use to break down walls in yourself. I think that laughter is why some people fight. I know it's why I play Nidhogg.

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Game Debate
8 / 10.0
Game Debate

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2014

On top of this the local multiplayer is cracking but the online component doesn't come across nearly as well. Poor net code means bouts can often suffer fits of lag that can massively affect the outcome of a game, and a lack of options means this is pretty barebones. Still, despite the small niggles this is one game that is more than worth your time.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 19, 2014

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.

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Digital Spy
Jan 16, 2014

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. It does what it sets out to do, providing plenty of thrills and laughs in the process. But if you don't have any buddies nearby who would be into swordfights, it's worth holding off until the online becomes more stable.

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Polygon
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2014

Nidhogg manages originality in an often tired genre

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2014

You might want to stay away if you plan to play alone, but with its extremely responsive controls, lightning-fast pace, and easy-to-learn combat, Nidhogg is one of the most enjoyable and competitive local multiplayer games on the market.

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Game Informer
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 18, 2014

Pleasure from the single-player is derived entirely from your appreciation of time-based speed running. Multiplayer is where the game fulfills its potential

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jan 18, 2014

Nidhogg is a polarizing game. Experiencing it the way it's meant to be played (via local multiplayer) is a fantastically fun event.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2014

Nidhogg is a bit of a one trick pony in the gameplay department. It dresses up the idea of this running sword fight with a number of level modifiers, multiplayer modes, local tournaments matches and the single-player campaign; however, at the end of the day everything comes down to winning the virtual sword fights.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 14, 2014

Nidhogg is a fun and simple fencing game that's sure to get your competitive juices flowing, despite an unstable netcode leading to a slew of online issues.

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Game Revolution
Jan 20, 2014

Under the right circumstances, Messhof has established a new and shocking blood sport that'll captivate audiences and players alike. At home, by yourself and frustrated by searching for a multiplayer opponent, you might tear your own heart out.

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The Escapist
Jan 16, 2014

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.

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Dealspwn
Jan 20, 2014

If you engage in regular local multiplayer with friends or family, then this is a no-brainer. Chip in a couple of quid each and you've got yourself a lovely little party title. But it's a bright-burner with a short wick, and you'll have to decide for yourself if that's worth a tenner.

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Video Chums
6.6 / 10.0
6.6 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2014

Nidhogg features some of the most unique and well executed multiplayer mechanics yet its shortage of content leaves a lot to be desired.

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