Empires of the Undergrowth Kickstarter Brings New Meaning to Ant Farm

Disclaimer: IGM is not responsible for any squeaks, shrieks, shivers, or shouts that may result from watching the above video. Kindly direct any inquiries about the ending of the trailer to Slug Disco Studios, the creator of Empires of the Undergrowth, a game about ants expanding and murdering their way to backyard dominance.

EotU puts players in control of a colony of ants, building on various inspirations: Sim Ant, the “Desert Strike” arcade game in Starcraft 2, and of course, the original Dungeon Keeper game. Saying that they were “disappointed” by EA’s recent reinvention of Dungeon Keeper, they are aiming to create “an immersive, skill-based RTS” for their customers. Much like its inspiration, play in EotU appears to be split between building up an underground colony to house, grow, and support an army, and sending that army above-ground to combat the enemy forces.

Empires of the Undergrowth screenshot

The Kickstarter, if successful, will be used to continue and hopefully finish development of the game within the first half of 2016, and will have a funding goal of $15,000. Reward tiers have not been announced yet. The game is planned to release for both iOS and Android devices, as well as for Windows PCs. Currently, the developer would like multiplayer, though there are no concrete plans for it; they say that they may consider adding it as a stretch goal.

Those interested in the game can learn more about it from the game’s website, and can join discussions about it over on its forum. More can be learned about the developer from their website, as well.

A nerd of elephantine proportions (both figuratively and literally), Connor also writes for Pxlbyte, and has recently come to realize that he is, in actuality, really bad at video games. So he writes about them instead.