Personally I would recommend this game as a game that you would buy when it is on sale for very cheap.
I will go with the pros and cons of this game as far as I personally experienced them.
-a good commerce and civiliazation building game.
-The interface is pretty cool.
-Useful tips and hints as you first start out.
-The Ship combat is fun.
CONS: (there is a lot of them)
-Poor tutorial (no tutorial for combat? really?)
-Advisors can get pretty annoying at times.
-The graphic textures are pretty fuzzy (I am not sure if it is my computer or the game itself)
-The game can get pretty tedious and long.
-Combat can get pretty confusing at first.
-Trying to board other ships needs to be fixed.
-the art portraits are rather lousy.
Now I am not saying this is a terrible game. But I am saying that this is a good game that would buy when it goes on sale for $1.99. However, I do believe this game needs to be updated and it would be cool if they came out with a sequel.