Game is not bad for its time, but has some bugs. 16 years later, I doubt these will get fixed but:
Transferred 87 tons of goods to my hold. Available storage went from 600 to 687.
Tried to get them back on my next trip to deliver to another planet, but it said I didn't have 20 tons in hold. Apparently it added -87 to both cargo and storage, making storage useless.
Sold all of 1 good to planet and then bought 20 tons of another: it took all my cash, leaving me back at 0. (I had paid for partial repairs first.)
Game asks if you want to repair your ship every time you return to New Terra with damage, but partial repairs is always your entire cash on hand. Would have been better if it allowed you to set another value.
Would have been good if you could repair after trading, instead of having to make 2 more jumps to get the repairs.
Would like to have been able to pay the periodic demand after getting cash from trading.
Landing message could have been "come see me" and the menu option could have been to visit him instead of to attack him. Visiting could then offer attacking or paying.
Game started with 5 drones, taking up 50 of the 60 cargo space. Took a couple of battles to kill 1 off so I could have more cargo space.
Conclusion: 16 years ago, this would have gotten more stars, but at this point, it no longer deserves 4 stars, and should drop down the quality list accordingly.