Empires of the Undergrowth
Empires of the Undergrowth is an anthill simulator. In this game, you control the colony of ants. Build up the underground chambers and sent your ants up and out for loot, challenge other colonies, and rule them out! Download Empires of the Undergrowth and enter the big wars of the small creatures.
Looking up at the Minors 5/5
Despite it’s a pseudo-3D (that is, action only takes place in two dimensions), the game looks quite spectacular. The minor creatures look highly detailed (though, of course, not very realistic), colorful, even in the darkest underground scenes.
Do you find it hard to identify with an insect? It’s even harder with the entire colony. So the developers introduce the narrator – a human observer who seems to make a documentary and watch the colony story unfold.
The colony starts with the queen. She cannot defend herself or deliver herself food. She can’t even move. But she can lay eggs to give birth to new generations of ants, and they are to provide food and safety to the entire colony. So the first ones born are to build the chambers and to explore the vicinity.
The main tools you have include breeding new ants and creating new tiles. Store leaves you bring in to eat. In new tiles, new ant brood appears. Then you send them out. Workers deliver food and make tunnels. Warriors oppose arachnids and other predators. When you encounter another ant colony, there will be no remorse on either side, so don’t waste time.
Unlike other strategies, Empires of the Undergrowth is not about controlling single units manually. But you can set up points of interest and mark them, so the nearest ants do the work. The game is very fast-paced; you have to explore the surroundings quickly to gather all the resources you can and to claim the territory before others do.
The Colony Needs a Big Home
Being quite an indie game, it’s small (as for 2020). You only need 2GB storage to install Empires of the Undergrowth, 4GB RAM, and almost any decent CPU and video card. So far the game is only available for desktops. It’s not clear whether we will ever see Empires of the Undergrowth for PS4 or Xbox One, let alone mobile devices.
An Indie Masterpiece
The gaming industry now lacks real-time strategies. Not that Empires of the Undergrowth is that sort of strategy we had in Warcraft or Age of Empires. It’s as different from those as can be. But it’s a promising game in its own right; not a masterpiece so far, but with enough potential for that.
- Graphics 5
- Gameplay 4
- Controls 5
- Replay Value 5
Moderate system requirements.
If you fear insects, you won’t appreciate it.
- Everyone recommends to play it!
- One of the most trending games right now!