Genre: Indie, Fighting
Platforms: PS4, PC, Vita
Price: $14.99 (Steam and PSN)
Nidhogg is a dueling game about two players who must sword fight to the death in order to gain momentum and progress further through the stage. To be more specific, each time a player defeats or disarms another player they are allowed to run towards their respective exit at the end of the level until the player they destroyed or disarmed respawns 4 seconds later in front of them again and then they continue fighting. Essentially, this is a game that acts like a tug of war but with sword fighting included.
In this game, there are a variety of attacks that you can utilize to disarm or eliminate your opponent so that you can run closer to your exit. For example, your character can throw their sword at another player, kick them, punch them, trip them, or pierce them with your sword. To make the game a bit comedic, it features pixelated stick figures as the characters and animated pixel blood that shows up from deaths.
Lastly, there are a few different modes that you can explore such as single player arcade, multiplayer, tournament, and network play.
Here’s what I like about it:
I love the fact that Nidhogg is a silly cross-platform game that you can play with friends, laugh, and have an overall great time. Watching some of the dramatic comebacks during matches and the comedic ways that some players die can be really entertaining. In addition, Nidhogg has 4 very interesting maps with one of them being in a castle, on the clouds, by a waterfall, and in a mine. I’d definitely say that the castle is my favorite. I also like the ability to alter the game using “game variants” which change the settings of the battle. I also love the simplicity of the game’s concept and how fun it can be for such a simple game. It also has pretty good music that was really unique. This is definitely a game that you and your friends will remember and enjoy.
Here’s what I don’t like about it:
Nidhogg is a very fun game in my opinion. I really enjoyed it a lot, however I was a bit disappointed with how soon my initial enthusiasm and excitement began to fade. What really makes this game worth its value is the comedic factor and the initial amount of challenge that you face in the game. As stated earlier, I love Nidhogg’s simplicity however it’s so simple that after you play it for maybe an hour or two it’s easy to lose interest. The modes don’t differ by a large amount and can get pretty repetitive if you are playing with the same friends multiple times. Also, network play can take a long time for you to connect with your friends on PSN and failed multiple times to connect to other players with online matchmaking. I’m also a little disappointed with the fact that there are only 4 levels. It’s not bad for a game to only have four, but adding just a few more stages could’ve really extended the replayability of this game dramatically. All in all, Nidhogg is still a good game in my opinion.
Pros and cons summary:
+ Simple gameplay
+ Comedic effects
+ Interesting Maps
+ Good Music
+ Game Variants
- Can quickly lose interest after multiple matches
- Modes don’t differ by too much
- Network Play does not connect very well
- Only 4 stages
Who is this game for? Should you buy it?
I believe that this game marketed to people who love very casual fighting games and have a good sense of humor. It doesn’t really have a skill-cap barrier but it is recommended to at least familiarize yourself with the controls before really challenging others. I would say that this is a great party game that’s good if you have a few friends who can sit on the couch and play this game with you. If you don’t usually have friends over then this may not be the game for you.
If that description does fit you, then I recommend that you buy this game just probably not for the full price of $14.99 on PSN unless you have the money. However, on steam the price can go down pretty dramatically and that would make this game definitely worth it. Well, take care for now and hope you enjoyed this review!
Here’s a trailer of Nidhogg if you want to see if it’s right for you.