DescriptionThe 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 9 levels. There are loads of cutscenes all with music from Holst's planet suite.
- "Goldrunner 3D" -- Working title
- "エピック" -- Japanese spelling
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|ST Action||Atari ST||Mar, 1993||86 out of 100||86|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Amiga||Jan, 1992||839 out of 1000||84|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Atari ST||Jan, 1992||839 out of 1000||84|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||DOS||Jul, 1992||10 out of 12||83|
|Play Time||Amiga||Jun, 1992||80 out of 100||80|
|Top Secret||DOS||Nov, 1992||4 out of 5||80|
|Play Time||Atari ST||1992||70|
|ST Action||Atari ST||Dec, 1993||70 out of 100||70|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Amiga||Jun, 1992||6 out of 12||50|
|Amiga Power||Amiga||Jul, 1992||34 out of 100||34|
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Amiga PowerTwo 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" shipsIt 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.
DevelopmentDevelopment originally began in February 1989, over three years before the eventual release.
Mission diskDigital Image Design - with co-operation with The One magazine - prepared an additional mission disk for Amiga. It contains two completely new missions. Since the game was relatively easy, they decided to make these two missions more difficult. They also disabled all the cheats. Mission Disk was sold together with The One Issue 47.
Amiga 600HD versionThe game was bundled with the Amiga A600HD Epic Pack. It was distributed on 3 floppy disks (just as in regular version) but they were not bootable. They contained files of the game and a hard drive installation script.
- ST Format
- January 1993 (issue #42) - #30 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list