Top critical review
It's OK, but a tutorial might have helped.
on 29 July 2013
It's more or less as I expected, a turn based strategy in space.
However, there is no tutorial, and at first there were no real clues as to the importance (or irrelevance) of the various resources, techs an improvements. This can be learnt will trial and error, but I lost my first 5 or so games without being told why.
It plays quicker than Civilization, so I do keep returning to it, but it doesn't have the same grab or depth as Sid's masterpiece, and I don't feel as involved with the other races, never vowing vengeance for some transgression they have commited.
If you enjoy Civ and fancy a change, then this is worth trying for a tenner.
If you don't have Civilization 5, then buy that instead, especially with the expansions.