Summary: Quick explanation of my rating: 4 out of 5 Stars because it is fun to play and can be addicting. Not 5 stars because of limited number of ways to win; it's not an "every game is different" type of game like Civ 3 & 4. Therefore, I think the long-term playability of this game is limited.
Summary: This is an excellent game for those who like a mental workout. Don't expect any easy wins here. It's facinating and engrossing, but also sometimes frustrating. Make sure to give it a good trial.
Summary: Good Game. Good graphics. There is a learning curve on how to control things. Not everything is as intuitive as I would have liked to see, but if you have played the Colonization or Civilization games of the past you should be able to pick up the controls on this quickly.