I am sorry to say that I did not particularly care for this game that much. It was actually kind of boring. I'm not really bothered to learn more about the gameplay. I guess it is pretty unique. The music isn't bad, either. I was just unsure of how to advance.
Some people like it at least. I couldn't tell whether the mountains were easier to burn. At least it told me the number of turns I had. It just wasn't that rewarding. I'm glad you yourself mention how the first level is too difficult.