Nidhogg is a local and online multiplayer swordplay (fencing) game, where the player must defeat their opponent (either AI or multiplayer) through melee attacks, with the goal being to make it to the opposite side of the stage.
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Pro Despite simple graphics, there is quite a lot of depth to the gameplay
The gameplay consists of the player sword fighting an opponent in order to make it to the opposite side of the stage. Depth comes into play in that every move can be countered and so can evolve into a painstaking dual that can last quite a long time with players countering each other in a game of wits and will. There are also stances for each player where the sword can be held high or , which creates that many more moves that need to be predicted from their opponent.
Pro Surreal atmosphere that adds to the charm of the game
Even though the graphics are pretty basic each environment is different from the last which makes for a surreal experience due to how much the environments differ as well as how they are illustrated. In one moment you may be fighting in a cave the next you may be fighting by a giant colorful waterfall. All this and the end stage features a giant worm that eats the winner.
Con Learning gameplay is difficult
There is no tutorial in the game which makes learning all the ins and outs of Nidhogg difficult.