This had the potential to be a really good game, but once again they took a fantastic idea and dumbed it down to within an inch of its life. I've found the graphics to be particularly buggy (all my creatures seem to get very shiny rendering) which I've not had with any other games (had graphics issues on 3 different PC's all well above the minimum requirements)
The Cell stage is far far too short and no where near as immersive as it could've been.
The Creature stage was very samey, I've found every time I'm struggling to design a new creature because theres only a small set of parts that actually make the game playable (ie you don't pick a level 1 part when you've got several level 3 parts available) and also found this stage again finished very quickly.
Tribal Stage was ok, again very samey, hunt food, hunt enemies, get some new things, hunt food, hunt enemies, job done. Very lacking in depth
City Stage really lacking in depth! Could've been an amazing Civilizations style Space Race, but it's too easy just to click a button and conquer the level. I think my record was completing this section in 10mins when I'd expect this to take an hour or two. I find myself deliberately trying to slow down the pace of the game.
Space. OMG, the most tedious thing ever... you slowly earn money by zooming in and out and in and out of systems and planets just to collect some resources to take somewhere else to zoom in and out to sell. Took ages to make enough money to get any decent technology but it go very tedious. Again very buggy, kept having missions where I had to destroy an infected species only to find the species wasnt being drawn so couldn't kill it. Frequency of attacks and other issues on home and allied planets is far too high and you just end up spending your entire time doing damage control so never get a chance to go and explore.
All in all a very tedious, quick game that lacked depth. Seems it was designed for the 10 to 14 yr old market and ended up being a complete snub to the 16 to 30 yr olds that had been waiting 4 years for it.
And I haven't even mentioned the restrictions on the game by online registration and DRM...