Nidhogg

Two players engage each other in swordplay and hand-to-hand combat in this indie fencing game.

Overview

 Two players face off at the center of the Castle level.
Two players face off at the center of the Castle level.

In Nidhogg, two players compete to reach opposite ends of a linear, 2D map. Players are forced to remain on the same screen, however, resulting in a tug of war where one player must defeat the other in combat and quickly run to their goal before the other player respawns.

To defeat the opposing player; jumping, sliding, cartwheeling, swords, and fists are all made available. Sword stances allow blades to be held at three different levels during a fight, and the swords themselves can even be thrown for a ranged attack. If this thrown sword kills an opponent, the player must then decide whether to spend valuable time to retrieve the sword or run towards the goal. Players may also change their stance to knock their sword against their foes in an attempt to disarm their opponent.

Awards and Nominations

  • 1st place, Indie Games Arcade, Eurogame Expo
  • 1st place, Audience Award, Fantastic Arcade
  • Bloodsport of the Year 2010, Fantastic Arcade
  • Seumas McNally Grand Prize, GDC 2011 (nominated)
  • Excellence in Design, GDC 2011 (nominated)
  • Nuovo Award, GDC 2011 (won)
  • YoYoGames' Game of the month, February 2014

PC System Requirements

Minimum

  • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7
  • Processor: 1.2GHz processor
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 8-compatible graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 175 MB available space
  • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller

Recommended

  • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7
  • Processor: 1.4GHz processor or faster
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 8-compatible graphics card with at least 32MB of video memory
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
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