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Empires of the Undergrowth

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Empires of the Undergrowth

Empires of the Undergrowth

Slug Disco Studios
Requirements minimum
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
Empires of the Undergrowth

Empires of the Undergrowth

Slug Disco Studios
Requirements minimum
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.12.6
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
Empires of the Undergrowth

Empires of the Undergrowth

Slug Disco Studios
Requirements minimum
  • OS: Any reasonable new Linux distro (Ubuntu 16.04)
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

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Empires of the Undergrowth Review: When Small Ants Are Big Deals

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Empires of the Undergrowth is a simulator of an ant colony. Have you ever dreamed of a formicarium to observe these insects? Download Empires of the Undergrowth, and your PC will host an ant farm for you to control.

Empires of the Undergrowth Concept 5/5

A simulator of an ant colony would have been a great idea already. But the developers added some sci-fi element to it, so the ants are not what they seem. The ants you control are fighters and genetic robbers, stealing the best features from their enemies and embedding them into their new generation. You’ll have various types of ants: the queen producing fetus, the working ants, melee or acid-squirting fighters, and so on.

But before that, your colony needs to build out. You have just one tool for it first: creating cells, as you cannot control separate ants. Building a living cell adds one working ant. A food storage cell increases your food storage, and a fast movement cell accelerates ants passing it.

From the underground base, the ants venture out, attracted by natural or artificial pheromone markers. So they will encounter enemy ants. Those are a menace, of course, but they also carry precious DNA with features you need to implement in your youth.

Visuals Effects 5/5

Though the game is, in fact, 2D, deep detailed graphics adds another dimension to it. The light and dark switching is made beautiful too. Ants move not so naturally, but it doesn’t spoil the immersion. It may be too hard to figure out control elements on the screen, but once you do, it gets clearer.

Audio Effects 5/5

The game sounds just like an ant farm should. Sounds made by digging and walking insects mix with calm light music. The game is obviously good for playing in the night, and the music greatly enhances its night-friendly visuals.

Controls 4/5

The game is mostly controlled with a mouse. To create a cell, you need to select the type of cell you want and then to locate it. As it’s done, it generates another ant, speeds up ants running through it, or stores food. A mouse is quite enough for that. But a detailed tutorial would be very useful, though there is something like that in the form of hints spread around, but they don’t work that well.

Replay Value 5/5

Strategy games are for long, and Empires of the Undergrowth is as well. You can spend many evenings developing your colony, and then start another one. Try to explore different ant species, as their abilities vary even at the beginning, and the impact of the trophy DNA varies too. There’s much to explore and much work to do before the difference reveals, but it’s pure intellectual fun, like observing a real formicarium.

Summary

Some may think that writing an Empires of the Undergrowth review is too premature, as the game is still under development. Despite that, you can download Empires of the Undergrowth on Steam, and we think that if the game is good enough to be sold, why isn’t it to be reviewed? Yet if any new features are introduced, this will be rewritten a bit.

Conclusion

So, if you’re ready to pay your money and time for a good mind exercise, Empires of the Undergrowth is a good candidate for you to spend some evenings at.


Pros : Great idea;
Moderate system requirements;
Recognizable design;
Strategical thinking applied in an unusual way.

Cons : Stable work not guaranteed;
The gameplay and controls need figuring out a bit.


Graphics 5.0

Gameplay 5.0

Controls 4.0

Replay Value 5.0


Average : 4.8




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