TVGB: "Ikariam is, at its core, a watered-down version of the classic Civilization series. Even the advisors are cartoony and resemble screenshots of the upcoming Civilization Revolution, and I mean that in the most flattering way possible. You create a town, and then proceed to add and upgrade new buildings, control the flow of resources, and eventually communicate with, pillage, and wage war with other towns. There's no need to worry about stupid A.I. since every single town in Ikariam is controlled and operated by a human player. In a sense, Ikariam is a strategy-game take on the free MMO phenomenon."