Epic Battle Fantasy 4 is a light-hearted turn-based RPG, heavily inspired by old classics. You will battle through waves of adorable enemies, grow your characters, explore a diverse world, solve puzzles, and finally, save the world from the destructive Godcat.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (584 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 25, 2014

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"JRPG that doesn't take itself too seriously. Turn based combat, crafting, skills, awesome characters, creative enemies, beautiful art style - Major Fun!"

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Epic Battle Fantasy 4 is a light-hearted turn-based RPG, heavily inspired by old classics. You will battle through waves of adorable enemies, grow your characters, explore a diverse world, solve puzzles, and finally, save the world from the destructive Godcat.

Key features

  • Over 140 different enemies to slaughter, from fluffy animals to gods.
  • Over 170 different items of equipment, and 150 different usable skills, allowing for lots of character customization.
  • Lots of humor and references to video games and anime.
  • Inspired by 16-bit era RPGs, minus the annoying features like random battles or save points.
  • A mix of orchestral and electronic background music by HalcyonicFalconX. Full Soundtrack included!
  • 25 hours of gameplay, plus Newgame+, survival and boss rush modes.
  • Suitable for both casual and hardcore gamers.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 49 people (92%) found this review helpful
33.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I could write you a long review but honestly, here's what you need to know.

1. JRPG - It's old skool. Turn based. Think Final Fantasy.
2. It's anime. Yup. The art is overall pretty solid.
3. It doesn't take itself seriously. This is the game that really is mostly fan service to all of us diehards who love this crap.
4. You will save the world from an evil Godcat. I can't make this shit up.

Is it best game you'll ever play? Probably not. It's fun and the price is right. If you hate any of the items above, pass on it, otherwise it's a good buy. :)
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
43.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This game is a funny joking, breaking the forth wall, RPG. It's all good fun in the world of EBF4, with jokes coming left and right, and all being masterfully crafted so that none fall flat you won't stop laughing. Enough about how funny the game is, let's talk about gameplay, the game focuses on the goal of collection and completion rather than harsh and numerous battles, the creator has also made it so that character's not battling will also gain experience so that you won't have to grind for any other character at a later time. The collection will included things such as: chest locations, random drops for armor and weapon upgrades, those weapons and armor themselves, certain creatures to fill that damn bestiary, ect. All battles are fair and equal as long as you do a little side searching here and there to gain a little extra exp. Jokes, fair battles, and no grinding sounds like a good game to me.
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43 of 61 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
[TL;DR]
"Panty Thief
Steal some underwear. Perverts pay good money for stuff like this."

10/10
Indie game 2014
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Just finished it and I have to say this is the best flash game RPG in a long time and it was definitely worth the price on sale.

The graphics might not be the best and its story is stupid, but that's what made this game so charming to me. Its just not so serious like many other RPGs out there.

My favorite part of the game was the turn-based combat system, along the lines of Final Fantasy, Grandia. etc... But instead of getting new/better weapons, you are provided with a selection of many different weapons with different elements. You really have to think before entering a fight to choose the right elements. At around 25 hours, it's a pretty long game and you can get even more out of it with the boss rush and endless monster encounters.

Try out the flash game on kongregate.com and decide for yourself if you're unsure. Support the devs of such a high quality flash games, because they can be fantastic regardless of engine.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I defenitely recommend this game! The steam version has many extra perks that the flash game doesn't have! Some of these perks are battle mountain (A place where you get to fight upgraded bosses. You don't get any experience, AP, or gold, but you can get some really sweet loot!) You also have the amazing soundtrack in the installation folder, if you're into that. I totally am ^^. The game also looks and sounds much better than the flash version.

5/5 Amazing game C:
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Well first let me tell you that I have followed the series on Kongregate while it had only released Epic Battle Fantasy 1 and to be honest the first and second game wasn't that great but then the third instalment came to the series and it changed everything becouse it had absolutely everything an JRPG could offer for a flash game.

I played Epic Battle Fantasy 3 about 5 to 10 times and when beating the game it gets a bit repetative so I usually came back for it every other month or so. Even when I had played it 9 times it was still as fun as it was the first time I started the game. But years passed and one day in 2013 just before I was about to turn off my computer I just wanted to check my Kongregate and there it was, Epic Battle Fantasy 4.

I played the game 2 times or so on Kongregate but never really took the time to beat it but then a half year later when it got to steam I instantly bought it and played it through. I'm currently at my second playthrough and it has been some time since I bought it now.

Lets get into the game shall we

Art and Graphics: (10/10 absoultely love the art style)

I personally love the cute anime based art style that the game has and the effects are well animated aswell as the world and items and don't forget all the monsters and characters all have high detail. You may wonder why I say that they are detailed while their not having that mush details like shadows and particles but that is becouse it has a perfect balance between being cartoonish and detailed so i would say that this is a kind of masterpiece.

Sound and Music: (11/10 its my favorite game music and I listen to it all the time)

I think that the sound effects in this game fits perfectly with only some few improvements coming into my mind sometimes but thats just if I'm picky.
The music which is written by HalcyonicFalconX is absolutely stunning and as it changes from every region you visit it also changes the games atmosphere. From relaxing in the forest to intense in the factory aswell as epic while in the volcano. All I can say is that without the music the game wouldn't have such an impact on me as it had.

Gameplay (combat): (8/10 the combat is great but can sometimes get a bit repetative)

The combat system is that of any JRPG just that it is simple, highly detailed and fun but it does get repetative when going through an older region or before you unlock multi target skills. Anyhow the combat can make you quite impressed sometimes as some skills/attacks is simply epic.

Gameplay (exploration): (9/10 the world and exploration is so relaxing)

With a bunch of puzzles, easter eggs and a large variety of biomes to explore the exploration gets quite relaxing and at the same time interesting as you never know what you will find before uncovering the map.

Content: (8/10 very mush content for having one developer)

There is a large variety of quests, skills, items and monster but its not as mush content as you will find in an AAA game but thats obviouse that it would not have as mush content. I'm not saying that the game is low on content of items etc. but when you reach high levels for example you might have acctually leveled all skills to max and uppgraded every piece of equipment to the max. There is still enough of content to satisfy any player but I'm just saying that you might end up with nothing more to level up other than the characters levels but you wont reach the "no more upgrades" untill your in New Game+ or New Game++.

Story: (7/10 even without any focus on the story I still like it)

The game focuses on exploration, upgrading and combat but still offers a small story and its quite lighthearted and ammusing but still every time the game reveales a new part of the story you really feel like you are there in that offten wierd situation.

Final Score: (9.8/10 this game is a must buy)

Why such a high score well here is some ups and downs:
+++ : The music is absolutely amazing
++ : The sound fits very well with almost everything within the game
++ : Exploration and puzzleing is very fun and can get you obsessed to clear everything to a 100%
++ : The combat system is very strategic and interesting but its still simple enough to be played by a child
++ : The sudden notices from the characters can get quite hilleriouse
++ : The games easter eggs makes the game quite fun if you try to notice them all that is
+ : The game offers New Game+ aswell as a large variety of items to use
+ : Some skills/attacks can only be described with one word only: EPIC

- : There is a large variety of Skills and Equipment but after starting New Game+ it feels like you found everything
- : Going back to an older region does not provide with any supported combat untill you reach the next New Game+

This is a must buy for all RPG fans aswell as to all Fantasy and Comedy fans so I hope this review helped and that you might buy this game.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Randomly found this game and seeing that it had JRPG elements, i investigated further. I Watched a few gameplay video's, read the full description, but i found myself still not convinced that it was of worth. I Thought to myself, " just go for it".. i did not regret it one bit. I Am so addicted.

How this game was created, was so thoughtful to details in the terms of gameplay. From witty dialog that pops up but does not get in your face, the excellent setup of the battle system, puzzles, loads of achievements to keep a player occupied, to even the collectable elements. The game is just so thoughfully pieced together.

I Would recommend this game to anyone who loves the JRPG genre, and everyone else alike.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I played kupo's games since 2009. Yes, 2009, the beginning of the Epic Battle Fantasy Series. That was even before I knew about Steam. I played the hell out of those games and still to this date, they're amazing.

It is one of my favorite, or I can say my favorite Series of RPG Gaming. I am glad to see that on steam, because I wouldn't remember the old times, when I didn't saw the Steam Notification about EPF4's release.

I love this game, but sadly, I cannot record it, because of the lagspikes, that happen when I move my mouse. I hope, that there will be some solutions to that problem. Maybe someday, I make a full video about this franchise.

Kupo, you did make me happy with it and I hope, that you will do that in the future too with more EPF. I highly recommend it for everyone, who loves turnbased combats with a mix of humour.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
I've been playing this game for the past 2 weeks and absolutely love it. At first I thought it might be one of those parody/homage to old RPGs but while this game doesn't do anything revolutionary with the turn based formula it does present an interesting challenge without any of the annoyances of past well known games.

First thing you should know that it does contain a lot of references from old school games like Final Fantasy to Pokemon to some less obvious. That doesn't mean this game isn't original. It's got a light hearted story and a charming cast of characters. There are a few references of previous Epic Battle Fantasy games that might be lost on you but they happen more so for comedic effect and doesn't hinder understanding the story whatsoever.

I think what really makes this game enjoyable is the battle system. There's a few notable improvements on the old turn based formula that make fighting more strategic and less of a chore:

1. You are able to change equipment and characters on the fly - In the middle of a battle you aren't bound to the 3 characters and if you're not quite properly equipped to handle the foes you're battling you can easily swap out equipment during your turn. Characters in reserve also recover HP/MP each turn so it makes things slightly easier.

2. Elements and status effects play a prominent role in fights - This adds a bit of challenge. Generally there's 10 elemental resistances and another dozen status effects. Instead of always equipping the stronger weapon / armor you'll find yourself adjusting to weapons of different elements for maximum damage and defense. I find this particularly nice and adds a bit of strategy because depending on the foes you're going to be changing equipment a lot.

3. Limits / Summons - Will do wonders if you know when to use them. You could opt for a blind challenge in which you don't know any of your enemies' weaknesses but, if you're not into blindly hitting anything that moves you'll end up scanning foes a lot to learn what makes them tick. Unlike most RPGs the scan feature in this game is super useful. It also helps that the scanned information is readily available after you scan each foe. It doesn't just disappear for it to be forgotten and spam attacks anyway.

4. Upgrades - You keep all your equipment so it helps that you can use various items to improve weapon resistance and deal added damage.

While I do enjoy playing most games with a controller I found using my mouse extremely simple to move, access menus and fight. Also the environments are vibrant and fresh so you don't get bored too quickly. The side quest Battle Mountain and varying difficulty levels are available for those who love a challenge. There's also 100+ achievements for the would be hunters to come back and 100% this game. I've only been on my first playthrough but I don't think replayability is high but for the price you have a decent 20hr minimum game on your hands. I would suggest if you're a fan of RPGs to get this. It's a bit light on story but it's done a couple of fun things with the battle system that will keep you entertained for a while.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
you know what i like about this game? there are almost NO FLAWS. the gameplay is addictive and the gui is well put together. the music is really good. i like the artstyle (especially the cutscene art). and the characters are charming memorable and humorous. not for everyone, but still worth the pricetag for me at least.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
If you like Final Fantasy and silly humour this game is pure win.

EDIT: After finishing the whole game on normal, I'm still very impressed and have penciled in a second playthrough on hard difficulty at some point. Here's a more in depth analysis.

First up, I love the inventory. You can hold every item in the game but there is no problems with clutter. You never have to worry about a full inventory or wonder if you should sell an item you may need later on. Huge time saver, I hate managing inventory.

Abilities are chosen with experience points. There are skills and specials. Skills are character specific, like the fighter gets sword skills, the ranger gets bow skills. Specials can potentially be learned by 2-4 characters but only one of them can actually learn it. For example the skill "power metal" can be learned by either of the guys but not both of the guys. Limit breaks (yes there are limit breaks) fall into one of these two categories as well. So there's some careful balancing to make sure your party functions well.

Equipment is easy to manage and you will be needing to switch weapons/armor/trinkets from time to time to deal with various types of enemies. Your mage wont be needing that fire damage staff against fire elementals, for example. Equipment can be changed during combat at the cost of a turn in case you get caught by something unexpected. Certain fights you'll be changing gear more then once as different enemies appear.

Equipment can all be upgraded through crafting. Not the sort of annoying crafting where you have to sort through tons of crap and figure out just how much rough stone you need to make enough widgets to make 20 springs. Basically you open the upgrade menu, things that can be upgraded with your current mats are highlighted, things that can't are not. It cuts the crap and simply boils it down to the desicion of, is this where you'd like to spend these materials? Most of the items I was using were maxed by the end of the game with no particular effort to farm or buy materials. 2-3 weapons per char, 1-2 armors, 1-2 helmets, and a whole whack of trinkets.

The real meat of the combat boils down to resistances and damage types. 8 types of elemental damage and 8 debuffs, all with their own counterpart resist stat. Fortunatley you don't have to memorize 16 stats for every enemy type. When an enemy typs is scanned with your scanbot, you can hover over them to check their stats at any time for the rest of the game.

There are also summons, as you'd expect from a final fantasy game, however they are not spammable in this. You get summoning points for each kill depending on monster strength and use the summoning points to ... summon.

One thing that always bothered me about Final fantasy and Chrono Trigger was how end game tended to revolve around spamming your biggest AoE, a lot. It looked like this game was heading that direction in the mid game, but toward the end that was just not possible. Mixed immunities ensures you aren't just spamming a single AoE forever. This game really took all the good out of final fantasy and boiled away a lot of the crap. 8.5/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
This is easily one of the best RPG's I've ever played. It has an amazing combat system and soundtrack, along with weapons, armor, and spells that do not disappoint. There are many rewarding secrets to find, bosses to kill, and quests to complete. You can customize each character (to an extent) to have certain spells and strengths that suit your play style. The story is a little bit on the plain side, but the characters dialogue and comments in battle kept me laughing and smiling all the way to the final boss. :3
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
96.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
When you first look at this game you might judge it too quickly and believe that it is not worth it and you will be doing the biggest mistake in your whole life... okay I am exagerating here, but trust me. I have played this game when it only had the flash version and I played most of the previous versions too. It has a fun and cool story, the artwork is pretty cool and the soundtrack is amazing, I get the feels just by listening to the soundtrack while not playing the game at all.

Another thing is, you might expect it to be just another simple RPG game, but this game has a complex system with many stats and elements and you might find a great challenge while playing in the EPIC difficult, but you can also just go for the casual or normal difficult.

You might find yourself enjoying playing this game much more than many AAA games out there.

I would like to thank Matt Roszak, Halcyonic Falcon X and everyone else who helped to make this masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Played a lot of Matt's games on newgrounds, always does fantastic work. Very familiar game for anyone that has played final fantasy games and the like. 10/10 will play for way too many hours <3
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
play this game if u want to get goofed
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Honestly one of the best games I've ever played. The items are great, the gameplay is easy to understand, and the character interaction is hilarious.

Each weapon/attack/item has it's pluses and minuses. What may be great for one battle may be awful for another. This is nice because you actually need to pay attention to equips, not just get "the one armor set." You actually have to use your brain a little bit to play, but not so much that it's exahausting (for example, you wouldn't go into a battle with light creatures wearing only darkness armor, you'd be screwed).

In terms of gameplay, you can switch between using your mouse or your keyboard, an option that other games lack. Also, in terms of battles, you have plenty of time to think and do what you need. While some may like time-constraints, Epic Battle Fantasy 4 provides for a more stress-free type gameplay. All your abilities and options are easy to navigate to, and thus far I have not run into a single glitch.

The characters are great. That's something that could be said about this entire franchise, but especially this and EBF3. There is so much interaction between the characters, enemies, and the environment. Battle after battle can get boring, but the witty dialogue balances this out nicely.

All-in-all, this game is perfect for those looking for a relaxed RPG experience: no time-constraints or reflex-speed battles, vibrant colors that don't strain your eyes, and lots of easter eggs from Minecraft, Pokémon, and more just in case the fantastic characters didn't already have you hooked.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
41.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
First off, Yes, you can play this game on Kongregate or Newgrounds (or possibly Matt's DA), however the version you play will not be this one.

In other words, No, this isn't the same game you can play on the sites I previously mentioned.

What you'll play is indeed an RPG akin to the old days of Final Fantasy, when Combat wasn't real-time combat with before-use cooldowns.

To those unfamiliar with the Epic Battle Fantasy series (namely the ones with actual story elements) This is an RPG game with tons of funny things here and there, self-referencing humor, and things that reference alot of other things.

So basically the story so far is there's 3 heroes.
One is Matt, who jsut wants food, like swords and piracy... He's also a pirate.. Did I mention he has a guitar and likes Death Metal? I jsut did, you're welcome, reason 1 to buy this game.
There's Natalie, whose powers are in her awe-inspiring magical powers, witty remarks, different mindset of the others, and her boobs. No seriously she's kinda the "Big boobed girl cliche" of the series, though she's hilariously not jsut eye candy, dishing out the sage advice and owning remarks. But even more seriously she's literally the only one who can decently heal and revive party members. She's kinda the most important character combat-wise.
There's Lance who is a military guy.
In a world filled with big demons (like the last villain you kill in #3), sapient cats with no limbs able to wield weapons via unexplained telepathy powers, elementals, magic, Lance is the one who kills things with overwhelming firepower. Seriously though, he melts those who are weak to bomb-type attacks and even has decent fire and electric attacks.

There's a 4th character, a huntress druid girl for Natalie to relate to.

This game also has achievements alongside the medals of the game, giving you elevated bragging rights.

Your progress on this version won't be wiped by clearing your cache or cookies.

There's what I call a Shamievement, an achievement that's more or less a badge of shame like Duke Nukem Forever's Turd Burglar. You'll be rewarded for being a perv by this, though it really could be worse, so in terms of them, it's really not bad.

Here's the part you care about though... The exclusive content.

This version has more weapons, and more items in general, save for crafting materials (i think) and this game has an entire area called Challenge Mountain. This area is literally filled with enemy encounters which all have 8 enemy encounters each and stronger versions of the bosses in the game which are WAY harder to kill.
Every enemy in thise area scales with level, which means you can get past all enemies at level 1, though you do need quest items like the axe or battery to get past some bits.

How does this game fare? Well for someone who played the first half 3 times on Kongregate, I can say the game fares really awesomely. I mean... never did I once say "Oh god not this part again" or the infamous "Why can't I just skip this" and I'm one of many who found Diablo 2 monotonous after Normal difficulty.

This game is very fun, has some funny elements and even gets challenging properly without feeling unfair. This game doesn't have any difficulty spikes... until the final area, but around then you're ready for it. This game is simply a blast, the only thing stopping me from playing it is just the simple fact I'm feeling a bit bored of RPGs in general.

Alongside such big titles like Final Fantasy, Diablo, Torchlight, and even anything else you could really think of, this game holds it's own ground. The game is honestly fairly unique in my opinion.

This game in my books gets a 7/10. It's pretty good honestly, and I'd easily recommend it to anyone who likes Turn-Based games and RPGs, Despite the fact you can play the game on Kongregate with 30% less content for free.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
If you like the first three Final Fantasy games, you'll like this. It is originally a Flash game, but evolved to become what I think a great classic. It's combat in particular is what I think a high point in the game, the graphics and especially those auto cast skills that appear at random to bombard your enemies will always make you smile. You can have a hat that randomly calls in a tank to blast an enemy with its cannon, or a shirt that calls another tank to rain down machine gun fire to enemies. There's even an attachment that randomly calls a cat to charge at enemies, or radio in airdrop to give a medpack to someone, or cast some random element skills like poison gas, or even an airstrike that drops random stuffs, like a nuclear bomb.

Of course, many boss units have some OP skills as well, like an orbital particle cannon, or some insane defensive skill that switch profile whenever hit by a skill. It is much more variable and over the top than the early FF games, yet maintains the same light heart atmosphere. Your characters will even chatter whenever something interesting or over the top happens. What's more, nobody will disapprove of the ability to summon a blackhole that can suck everyone, good or bad, in.

Light hearted RPG doesn't get much better than this. If you like this type of game, this is a must have.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I want to start by saying that I have over 400 games in my Steam library, with the dreaded curse of barely beating any. When I get hooked to the point I play through this game to the end, you know it's a damn good game. Thanks to Steam's Summer Sale, I was introduced to this game. It's simplistic in graphics but it's a very well done turn-based RPG. It's not a AAA title, nor does it pretend to be. I hope there's a sequel one day with many improvements and on a larger scale. The random humor thrown in is a plus too.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I wish i had more time to sit down and play this game, but unfortunatly i don't. I have played and loved all of the other Epic battle Fantasy games! glad i could finally give something back to the series that I love so much! :D
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