I have been playing this game for a few weeks now since the closed beta.
I can safely say that the game at this stage is no where near release ready.
Its definitely forced out of beta by some bean counter.
Heaps of bugs, even more then your average EA game.
No trading system. You can send resources but you have to trust the other party to send back what he promised. And you can't trade gold at all.
Graphical glitches galore.
Buttons to buy "power items" with real money everywhere.
The artificial restraints put in place to encourage you to buy power-ups are way to strict.
The ranking system only takes the amount of buildings you have into account. Nothing about army size.
Poor graphics that are not much better then place holders.
Having said all that, the game is still quite fun to play if you are in to this sort of game.
After you have your cities set up, a 15min gaming session twice a day is enough to keep playing.
So its perfect game to play on your lunch break.
If you want to play, don't make the mistake of building a castle in your first city.
You will get ripped apart by a large army within a day if you do.