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Empires of the Undergrowth PC

Developed by Slug Disco Studios, the game is an unusual real-time strategy, which places the player in control of an anthill. The experience is accompanied by a commentary resembling narration in a documentary film.

Strategy | RTS | indie games | animals

Empires of the Undergrowth Release Date PC

early access





developer: Slug Disco Studios publisher: Hooded Horse Official website

English language game language: English

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Empires of the Undergrowth for PC is an unusual strategy game, which places the player in control of an anthill. The game was created by Slug Disco Studios – an independent team.


"Your queen has set up home beneath a rotting log. She is fat and vulnerable. Her first brood will need to move quickly if the colony is to survive. Their priority now is to find food, and there is plenty around; but there are other hungry creatures in the undergrowth. The workers will need to be vigilant."

The player's actions in Empires of the Undergrowth are accompanied by a narration from a person that is making a documentary about ants. This element of the game teaches the player a lot of interesting facts concerning the functioning of an anthill.


Empires of the Undergrowth for PC is a real-time strategy game, which requires the player to manage the development of an anthill. The player can gradually improve their "base", build tunnels and chambers where food can be gathered and cubs can be bred. On the surface on the other hand, a ruthless fight for territory takes place – above all, the player has to face dangerous beetles and arachnids, as well as other ant colonies. What constitutes the key to success is an adequately designed nest, the right number of fighters, and choosing the right moment to attack.

Game modes

The experience consists of a few game modes. Above all, there is Formicarium, which places the player in control of a unique species of ants that can take in DNA of the opponents in order to develop certain useful features the enemy has. However, the game gives an opportunity to play as other ant species as well. Each of them has its own strong and weak spots.

Technical aspects

Empires of the Undergrowth for PC stands out with its alluring visuals presented in full 3D. Both the ant and arachnid or insect models are detailed and nicely animated. One also cannot have anything against the in-game locations – both the underground ones and those situated on the surface.

Last updated on 14 June 2024

Game mode: single player  

Expectations: 8.2 / 10 based on 32 votes.

Age restrictions Empires of the Undergrowth: 12+

Empires of the Undergrowth System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Minimum:
  • Intel Core i5-760 / AMD Phenom II X4 965
  • 4 GB RAM
  • graphic card 1 GB GeForce GT 440 / Radeon HD 6750 or better
  • 5 GB HDD
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Recommended:
  • Intel Core i5-2400 / AMD FX-8100
  • 8 GB RAM
  • graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 550 Ti / Radeon HD 7750 or better
  • 5 GB HDD
  • Windows 10 64-bit
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