The gameplay is relatively straightforward, with each of your characters, labelled player 1 and player 2, you have the option to attack, defend, use magic or use one of your items. Player 1, rather concerningly dressed as a pirate, also has the option Bushido (recognise that particular move?), while Player 2 can use either White or Black magic, or choose to Summon a creature. The creatures are, rather obviously, a random collection of Pokemon (Pichu is the first on your list). Once they've each had a turn, any remaining enemies will attack, and this repeats until either you defeat the enemies or you die. Every so often you will come across a creature that is much harder to kill, and these are known as boss battles. Unlike the epic arena battle games you will have played before, this appears to have no real storyline other than your two characters battling a series of increasingly difficult enemies, which somewhat spoils the fun of the RPG style of game. Epic Battle Fantasy is just that, nothing but constant fights. The random exclamations after an enemy hit probably mean something, but it isn't obvious from anything shown on screen, and no text pops up to let you know what has just happened.
Sound and Music:
The music is, you've guessed it, very similar to that found in Final Fantasy and the Legend of Zelda games. As you progress and hear more of it, it becomes increasingly familiar. While this gives the right kind of feel to the game, it does add to the impression that it's just a cheap copy of other, better games that are out there, which is disappointing, as this had the potential to be quite good.
Graphics, actually, is where this game does well compared to other free games that are available online. The two main characters actually have considerable detail to their costumes, though facial expressions leave a little to be desired, and Epic Battle Fantasy's enemies are also relatively well drawn. A somewhat disturbing feature of this game, particularly off-putting for a female gamer, is that player 2 is (not unexpectedly, to be honest) a very well-endowed female. This in itself is fine, and pretty much a compulsory part of any RPG, but the developers have taken the time to put in an extra feature. When you run your mouse icon over player 2, it turns into a pointer as you reach the chest area, indicating that there is something to click on. So you click, and it turns out that her chest bounces.
Although there's nothing wrong with the gameplay, it's fluid, has decent graphics and the music, while familiar, is certainly easy enough to listen to for long periods of time, this has the feel of being nothing more than a cheap amalgamation of several far better games. If you're looking for something to play online for short periods of time, then give this one a go, but don't expect to be able to come back to it later and pick up where you left off. One key feature that it seems to be missing is a save option.