Here's the problem - there's very little to actually do, other than navigate menus, make a few choices when prompted and send your men into out into the unknown. Battles are done automatically and it's nigh impossible to play peacefully as neighbouring civilizations turn on you in a flash. Games Asylum found that the best thing to do was to wipe out any nearby civilizations as soon as possible; when trying to play peacefully the game was usually over within twenty minutes or so.
It's by no means a bad game. Games Asylum just expected it to be a little more involving.