Total Playtime: 4 hours

Nidhogg: Hey there’s a sequel

With the release of Nidhogg 2 exactly one week ago, there couldn’t be a better time to review Nidhogg: classic! And by that I mean, I haven’t written anything in forever and maybe I can capitalize on “Nidhogg 2 review” searches; not that I make any money off of this…
So you’re interested in Nidhogg? Well let me tell you, this game is a hoot. But you’ll need some friends to fully enjoy the experience. If you have absolutely no idea what Nidhogg is, well:

Nidhogg – noun

1. The Norse mythological dragon that gnaws on the roots of the World Tree Yggdrasil

2. A game about fencing

All jokes aside: Nidhogg is a 2D side scrolling fighting game, with online multiplayer, where you and your opponent murder each other and try to make it to the edge of the screen. It’s a very simple concept with a fair amount of depth. You have your rapier, your wits, and yer mitts. And using those you have to race to the finish line, while fighting tooth and nail to beat your enemy.

You have three stances, high, mid, and low – which you can use to counter or potentially disarm; as well throwing your sword… Which you would expect to be a bad idea, but more often than not it isn’t, You can also beat the snot out of each other should you find yourselves without a blade.

That’s really all there is to Nidhogg. The true fun of the game comes from the massive swings that happen in each match. Which, if both players are decent, can last quite a long time. It’s not uncommon for one player to get all the way to the end, only to get eviscerated and lose their entire lead in a matter of seconds. I’ve managed to prevent my friend from winning mere inches away from the final screen only to run the entire gamut of the level and pull victory out of my ass.

It’s always great when you pull it off, but horrible when it happens to you.

Nidhogg is a really simple game, but it has all the necessary elements for tons of fun.

Nidhogg 2 is everything Nidhogg was and more. With three new weapons – and a great Super Nintendo style look to it. If you’re interested in Nidhogg go buy Nidhogg 2. It looks like it’s a much richer experience. If Nidhogg is a nice toasted waffle with a healthy portion of butter. Nidhogg 2 is that same waffle with warm maple syrup…

Nidhogg is sixteen of this review’s four hundred and thirty two words. Or… almost 4% of the total word count.

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