A lot of the little things in the game are automated, like trade, but units need to be micromanaged and they will take up a large portion of your time later in the game. Diplomacy is a bit too abstract for my tastes, and the galaxy is fixed with too many stars for small games, but Lost Empire runs as such as fast clip when compared to other 4X games that you probably won’t ever get close to discovering them all. The core of the game is great, but controlling your empire is not straightforward. If Lost Empire featured a useful zoomed-out view or minimap, then playing later in the game would be possible. Some people might have a better handle on the game, but I found it too cumbersome to be enjoyable. Lost Empire is just too difficult to manage, and when you have 5,000 stars to worry about, you need a great user interface and Lost Empire lacks this important feature.