I really wanted to like this game - what could sound more old school sophisticated fun then a remake of an ancient game about an ancient civilization.
What I did indeed like about this game were the character portraits and the monologues.
Sadly the game disappointing by being very incomprehensible. After playing for 10 times and even winning twice I still see no system here. The minister monolgues while well written were all over the place and gave both good and bad advice completely randomly so it doesn't help to listen to them at all. Despite developers advice to listen for hints, there seems to be no correlation between which minister is praised by population, satisfied with his position, badmouthed by others and who makes the coup afterwards.
This game could have used the modern upgrades to become much more comprehensible. It would be nice to hear peoples opinion about all ministers, to see the Babylon map and extent of conquests, to see cut scenes about locusts and plagues and even normal years to have some more objective info about what exactly is going on in the country.