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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Nidhogg (2014) 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 on 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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Nidhogg 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Simulation game with Action, Platform, Rhythm, Shooting and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence. 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.
 
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.

CostsCosts

Nidhogg usually costs £4.79 to £13.49.
 

Nidhogg

PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
Steam Store PC £6.99
Steam Store Mac £6.99

Nidhogg 2

PlayStation Store PS4 £4.79
Steam Store PC £10.99
Switch Store Switch £13.49
Steam Store Mac £10.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
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. 
 

DetailsGame Details

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

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita and PS4

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Fighting, Simulation (Action, Platform, Rhythm, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 13 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Messhof (@Messhof)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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