This game, and system, are really showing their age. They are okay as either a basic introduction to wargame concepts, or a quick-play game. They do not effectively simulate battles. They are fine as games.
Surprisingly tense bidding game - it doesn't take many points to win - you have to be careful not to spend too much and it is quite difficult to work out the real value of the cards as you are bidding.
It serves its function perfectly - it is a great game to introduce non-wargamers to wargaming. Its beauty is that there are only small forces for each side so it is easy for new-comers to deal with a smaller-than-normal number of decisions-per-turn for this type of game.
For a quite old game this plays great. There is tension due to the victory conditions - a draw is a possibility.
This is a super game. It has elements of Backgammon in the strategy as you try to position your space ships in such a way as to restrict the movment and production of the opponent while, at the same time, trying to maximise your own production.