Sugarcane Empire

Student Entrant 2022

University of Chicago
Nacarat Game Labs


Sugarcane Empire is story-based clicker game set in Chengdu, China and Kentucky, USA. Play as three generations of Chinese and American women. Experience how stories preserve us from death.

Plant Sugarcane!
Employ Pandas!
Conquer the World!

Nacarat Game Labs (NGL) uses gamification to draw attention to underserved minority narratives. Sugarcane Empire is our first release, where we leverage the addictive power of clicker-game mechanics to engage English-reading players with a Chinese-American narrative. Through growing sugarcane, hiring pandas, and building a farming empire, players become a part of a Chinese and American story about generational loss and persistence.