I give it 9 tentacles. The key for this game is to play the scenarios first before you try the campaign. In most games it's the other way around with the campaign being played first but not with this one. The campaign is so long, and what you can do at first in it is so limited, that it gives a very poor first impression of the game. It is far (far) better to play the scenarios first and only go to the campaign if you start getting bored with those. And as for why:Pyperkub wrote:So... this is on steam sale, how many tentacles if anyone is still playing?
1. Scenario shards are randomly generated and you can set the size/parameters to anything you'd like (for a quick or long game).
2. Scenarios are not limited at all on what you can research and build.
3. You can play as an evil or as good character as you like with no consequences beyond that scenario. This opens up some of the most fun aspects of the game.
4. Each and every scenario is different to play since they're randomly generated.
5. Since you can do everything right from the start, you actually learn how to play the game.
I personally have not completed the campaign and really don't feel the desire to at this point. The scenarios are really the meat of the game in my opinion and it is a fantastic game if played this way. One of the very best of this genre.