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Description

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 9 levels. There are loads of cutscenes all with music from Holst's planet suite.

Screenshots

Epic Atari ST Flying down a road.
Epic DOS The pilot
Epic PC-98 Need to destroy that satellite dish
Epic DOS The primary target of a mission is to destroy this great interplanetary gun

Promo Images

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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
Pelit DOS Mar, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Zero Atari ST Jan, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Top Secret DOS Nov, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Power Play DOS Jun, 1992 76 out of 100 76
ST Action Atari ST Dec, 1993 70 out of 100 70
PC Joker DOS Jul, 1992 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
Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1992 34 out of 100 34

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Trivia

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

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

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The glossary in the manual describes an ion as "a particle of [fill in later]" (sic). The German section similarly reads "Ein Partikel von [fill in later]". Amiga Power magazine gleefully pointed out this oversight in their review. Amiga Format ignored it, perhaps as a result of their own placeholder accident the previous issue, in which a headline read "type some shit in here please" - on a page particularly aimed at children...

Mission disk

Digital 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 version

The 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.

Awards

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

Contributed to by Pix (1234), Jason Walker (1772), Martin Smith (79085) and Terok Nor (32472)
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