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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 Amiga Descend to planet after success
Epic Atari ST My ship got destroyed
Epic DOS Briefing
Epic DOS Hunting ground targets

Alternate Titles

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

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CU Amiga Amiga Dec, 1991 91 out of 100 91
ST Format Atari ST Aug, 1992 91 out of 100 91
ST Action Atari ST Mar, 1993 86 out of 100 86
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jan, 1992 839 out of 1000 84
Power Play DOS Jun, 1992 76 out of 100 76
PC Joker DOS Jul, 1992 70 out of 100 70
ST Action Atari ST Dec, 1993 70 out of 100 70
PC-Spiele '93 DOS 1992 6 out of 10 60
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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