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The sun is about to go supernova and humanity must find a new home. All the population is packed into a huge fleet of ships and they set off for a suitable planet. Unfortunately the route goes straight through the territory of a hostile alien race, the Rexxons.

The game is a space shooter but you also get surface missions on different planets. The main emphasis on the game is the graphics which were excellent when the game was released but this meant that the game was very short with just 7 levels. There are loads of cutscenes all with music from Holst's planet suite.


Epic DOS Planet surface
Epic Amiga The fleet goes through space in the intro.
Epic Atari ST From the intro
Epic DOS Title

Alternate Titles

  • "Goldrunner 3D" -- Working title
  • "エピック" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Action Amiga Jul, 1992 90 out of 100 90
The One for ST Games Atari ST Dec, 1991 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jan, 1992 839 out of 1000 84
Top Secret DOS Nov, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Power Play DOS Jun, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1992 74 out of 100 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jul, 1992 8 out of 12 67
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jun, 1992 6 out of 12 50
Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1992 34 out of 100 34
Amiga Power Amiga Jul, 1992 34 out of 100 34


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Amiga Power

Two months before the game's release, Amiga Power magazine ran its annual All-Time Top 100 feature. They asked several industry people for their personal Top 10s, and Ocean's Gary Bracey named Epic as his favourite game ever, promising that everyone would agree when it was released. Unfortunately, Amiga Power didn't - they only gave it 34%

"Borrowed" ships

It is interesting, the Rexxons' fighters are Vipers from Battlestar Galactica series, Rexxons' cruisers are Klingon Warbirds form Star Trek Series, and Mankind Motherships are Battlestars itself. This can be recognized in the intro to this game.


Development originally began in February 1989, over three years before the eventual release.


  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #30 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

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