Nidhogg has a very basic premise: make your way from one side of the screen to the other while avoiding your opponent that is trying to do the same. And while that may sound like it could get quite boring or too simplistic, you’d be underplaying the surprising depth that Messhof Games have packed into the game.
Building on from that basic game loop found in the original Nidhogg, Nidhogg 2 throws some new mechanics into the mix to make each engagement with your opponent a snappy and tactical affair. No longer are you restricted to just using a rapier or your bare hands to skewer or beat your opponent with. You’ll now find a longsword, dagger, and bow to fight with as well. Each of these weapons handles very differently to the standard thrusts and height selections that the rapier brings.
The introduction of the ranged bow makes for an interesting dynamic whenever someone has spawned with one as you begin dodging the rapid fire of arrows, parrying as you can to disrupt the incoming flow and maybe score your own lucky hit as the missile returns to sender. So too does the short range of the dagger change things into a more parry-focused experience as you make last second moves to disarm and close the distance for the kill. The longsword, which I found myself favouring, has the best melee range but has no middle height resting position and, as such, takes some good distancing and timing to make use of effectively. With all these in place, the good old rapier still has its place as the complete death zone around the blade and ability to more easily deflect ranged attacks means it's the preferred weapon of choice.
The longsword, which I found myself favouring, has the best melee range but has no middle height resting position and, as such, takes some good distancing and timing to make use of effectively.
The basics of selecting your height of attack, jump, and attack buttons lends itself to the simple layout of the joycon.
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