The Epic Battle Fantasy series is an ongoing saga of Flash games created by Matt Roszak, aka matt-likes-swords and kupo707. The main series began as a turn-based strategy game, but gradually added role-playing elements until the third game, which was a comprehensive fantasy RPG in the vein of Final Fantasy. Several spin-offs have also appeared, with varying genres.
The series currently includes the following games:
- Epic Battle Fantasy (2009)
- Epic Battle Fantasy 2 (2009)
- Epic Battle Fantasy 3 (2010)
- Epic Battle Fantasy 4 (2013)
- Brawl Royale (2008)
- The Kitten Game (2009)
- Bullet Heaven (2011)
- Adventure Story (2011)
- Cat Cafe (2013)
- Untitled Bullet Heaven sequel
- Untitled tower defense game
- Goku in various forms (a number of Roszak's early animations, Brawl Royale and EBF1)
- Lance (EBF2 and Adventure Story)
- Akron (EBF3)
- Godcat (Bullet Heaven and EBF4)
Originally, the Epic Battle Fantasy series did not have a real plot; it was simply a series of battles against increasingly powerful enemies. However, a combination of recurring characters in Matt's early works and the comments of the author himself provide a semblance of continuity that sets the groundwork for future installments.
The series begins with FF Battle, where Matt and his friend Kat battle several enemies, culminating in a battle against Goku. Kat is killed and Matt is knocked unconscious, but their combined efforts manage to slay Goku in return. This leads to Brawl Royale, where Matt enters a fighting tournament to prove his skill with the blade. His final opponent is a zombified Goku, who he strikes down with a mighty blow (cutting the planet in half in the process).
Victory and Catastrophe
In Epic Battle Fantasy, Matt joins forces with Natalie to find and kill Zombie Goku, who has returned from death once again. After many furious battles, the heroic duo slays the undead Saiyan once and for all, but Goku's death throes cause a titanic explosion, ravaging a good portion of the planet and bathing the rest in gamma radiation. Matt and Natalie are badly wounded by the cataclysm, but a group of cats takes them to the Kitten Kingdom to heal their wounds.
The fallout of Matt and Natalie's victory over Goku is explored in Epic Battle Fantasy 2. The world has fallen into anarchy as survivors of the cataclysm battle over land and resources. Seeking to stop the chaos, a man named Lance gathers an army, builds an incredibly powerful tank, and sets off on a path of conquest and slaughter to bring the world to order. Having recovered from their battle with Goku, Matt and Natalie fight through the mutated denizens of the world, including several of Lance's minions, and confront the would-be conqueror at the heart of his empire. The Valkyrie Tank is destroyed in the ensuing battle, and Lance develops a mutual respect with Matt due to their fighting spirit, leading to the former joining the heroes.
In Epic Battle Fantasy 3, the party accidentally awakens Akron, an ancient demon sealed in a volcano. This leads to them being drained of their powers and teleported to a distant town, where they vow revenge upon Akron for weakening them. After another epic quest through diverse locales and hordes of monsters, the trio managed to return to Akron's lair and slay the abomination (it is revealed, later, that Akron was actually created by Godcat to exterminate the human race and pave the way for a world ruled by cats).
The party's troubles with mighty beings were far from over, however. Some time after Akron's defeat, the sacred jewel of Greenwood Village mysteriously vanished from its pedestal. Anna, one of the local rangers, vowed to retrieve the gem, and promptly began searching for Matt, Natalie, and Lance (who had gained a reputation for looting everything that caught their eye, as their "reward" for saving the world so many times). She quickly tracked them down, but discovered that they had not taken the jewel; thus, Anna forced them into helping her find the true culprits.
As the party travelled through the lands, they discovered that the other sacred jewels had gone missing as well. They eventually learned that the culprits - a band of cats fanatically devoted to feline superiority - were hoping to use the jewels to summon Godcat, who they hoped would destroy humanity and enable cats to rule the world. Despite their best efforts, the party was unable to stop the summoning ritual, leaving them with the seemingly-impossible task of defeating Godcat to save the world.
In the end, the heroes were unable to truly defeat Godcat - as a truly divine being, her powers were beyond even their ability to overcome. However, their defiance and unwavering bravery in the face of certain death convinced Godcat that the human race had grown worthy of the world she had made for her feline subjects. Abandoning her plans of global destruction, Godcat gathered her loyalists and flew into space, planning to make a new world for cats to live in.