i would have given you a 10 if it werent for all the bugs. i'll do my review, and then list a few bugs.
the game is fun. it's a little overpowered to get rockets, b/c they are homing, so you just run around in circle and blow everyone up. protip - if you fly in the opposite direction of the nearest enemy ship, your missiles dont fly on top of each other, meaning they wont all blow up on the first ship they find (if only 1 kills it, for example).
i think you should list all of the researches available, but show a "prerequisite" (i.e. you can research this, too, but it requires construction I, or whatever). very frustrating to pick a tech only to find i could have gotten a BETTER one had i gone a different route.
overall a very fun game, absorbed hours of my time, has some reasonable replay value, and i enjoyed it. money is scarce, and that was troublesome, and it was very buggy. as promised, here is the list of bugs i found:
If you finish a battle w/o getting struck by an enemy, you get +.1 to population. if your population CHANGES when you get the +.1 to population (i.e. you should get another person added to your population), it changes the population stat, but doesnt actually give you another person. this is WORSE if your population drops (starvation) while getting the +.1 from battle, as your population stat (14/15, for example) will INCREASE, but your actual people (the ones you can physically place on farming/tech) will decrease. bad bug! i had to restart 4 times before figuring this one out.
another bug is that you dont actually get your money from "trade points," and sometimes the researches dont give you the bonuses they promise.
Important to note for players- some of the "passive" (you dont need to buy them after researching) DONT STACK.
- +% to armor bonus
- +% to speed
i think there are more but i cant remember
what this means is if you get +20% armor bonus and +40% armor bonus researches, you only have +40% to your ships armor, and you just wasted a tech upgrade!
by the way, DO NOT end up with .9 population, if you do, it rounds to the nearest integer and you still dont get a person for it. BUG.