Empires of the Undergrowth is a real-time strategy game based around the world of ants. It features underground tunneling, nest construction, and fast-paced battles with insects, arachnids and other ant colonies. The inspiration is taken from the classics Dungeon Keeper and Sim Ant, as well as elements of Starcraft 2's popular 'Desert Strike' arcade game for colony vs. colony combat. The game’s theme is taken directly from nature, and offers a fresh alternative to the usual sci-fi, fantasy and real-war settings for this genre. In the single-player campaign, the player takes control of a unique colony of DNA-harvesting, nomadic ants embarking on a great journey; they must set up temporary nests, gather food, and defeat neighbouring colonies. The story is narrated from the perspective of a documentary film maker studying the ants, adding a light touch of humour.