This is the first game I purchased via the Steam recommendations. I am certainly not disappointed. So far, I have 10 hours in the game, and I feel addicted.
This is a fairly simple simulator/logistics game. The game has a tutorial, and I'm playing through it. However, if you played similar games, such as Cities in Motion or Railroad Tycoon, then you can probably figure this out. You buy a ship, get a contract, and then deliver the goods. You have investors, you can take out a loan, and your ship will need fuel and maintenance. From that standpoint, it is very easy. As you get more ships, you gain more capacity but lose some capability. Eventually, you can create company specific contracts that require delivery of a certain good to a certain location; at this point the complexity starts to become apparent. To keep it interesting, you also have to deal with storms, pirates, and fires at sea.
While the game is fun to play, it still needs some polish. I've had a few popup notifications remain on the screen. I can play through them and sometimes get them to disappear, but its a bug. While there are hazards, like storms and pirates, they purely random rather location specific, thus avoidable. For example, I had a piracy near the Canaries, and I hit a storm with one vessel while another vessel sailed through the same area at the same time without the storm. Personally, I find these oddities to be minor imperfections and potential room for growth in the development. Overall the game is very solid platform and is good enough for this early release.
A larger area for growth is the games focus on cargo container shipping. I commented about this in relation to US ports on the forums. I was happy to see the game designer respond within hours of my comments. While my request won't go fulfilled for now, I'm satisfied knowing that they understand the issue.
I'm definitely getting my money's worth from the game. I think the game is playable for most ages. If you are into sims like this, you'll love it. If you prefer FPS games, then you'll probably hate this game as it is not meant for you. I recommend this to all the simmers out there.