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Empires of the Undergrowth Coming to Kickstarter

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Empires of the Undergrowth is the first game being developed by new developers Slug Disco Studios. The game is a dungeon management ant colony simulator with an emphasis on fast-paced strategic encounters. Players will excavate their nest from the earth, build up an army and engage in tug of war style battles as they attempt a journey back to their ancestral mating grounds. Along the way they will clash with threats from the animal worlds such as scorpions and spiders and fight against environmental threats such as floods but the real battles are against other colonies. The player will clash with and assimilate amazing ant species taken directly from nature such as the acid shooting Wood Ant or the exploding Carpenter Ant. The game’s theme is taken from the natural world offering a fresh alternative to the usual sci-fi or fantasy setting for the genre, and the campaign plays out in a documentary style.


The concept of Empires of the Undergrowth was born from various discussions the three of us shared at university. As passionate gamers ourselves, we had noticed a lack of good dungeon management games available (particularly on tablets) and even less ant games available that had been any more than squashing ants to get points. The two ideas coupled together sparked an exciting opportunity, but it wasn’t until many years after graduation, when EA release Dungeon Keeper mobile which was not true to the original game, that we decided to make it a reality. With backgrounds in engineering, computer science and web development, our skill set is both relevant and broad. Liam and Matt have just finished their respective PhDs and John has gained years of experience working in web design and educational applications. All three have now been able to dedicate more of their time and energy to rapidly bring this unique game to life.


  • Carve out and construct your underground nest to suit your strategy.
  • Engage in fast-paced colony versus colony combat above ground.
  • Absorb new species into your colony, then enhance them with upgrades and combat boosts.
  • Encounter and overpower awesome Titans of the Undergrowth
  • Epic campaign story told from the perspective of a documentary team and inspired by real world challenges.

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