I'm also very pleased, the quality of the package is outstanding. No problems purchasing and downloading the game. (I had to reinstall the game however because I refused to accept the pointnet framework the first time - I thought it was only needed for multiplayer and feared firewall issues. I understand that the nature of your contract with Microsoft must oblige Koios/Matrix to offer the customer a choice to refuse the installation - maybe a warning screen would be useful...) The game is perfectly stable, and the only bug I've seen is quite minor. (When I decided to exit the game while the cards screen was open, the program froze - apparently one must not quit the game while the cards screen is open.)
Visually the game is quite attractive, I'm somewhat puzzled about some of the complaints about it. I can only assume that some people have monitor issues. Everything is crisp and clear on my LCD which has a fixed 1024X768 resolution. The table top miniatures effect is very well done - with the added benefit of fog of war, which makes the battles much more interesting. Even the music is good !
A clean interface, very intuitive and easy to learn, but the game is much deeper than the Imagic Great Battles series ever was. I really liked that series - I've had one of those games on my system for the last 6 years, still do - but the gameplay was pretty simplistic, some awful bugs were never worked out and the IA routines were quite dense. The battles in Tin Soldiers are much longer than those in the Great Battles series and much more complex, even though one controls many fewer units.
I've replayed the Thebes scenario 4 times - with different results each time (2 victories, 2 defeats : two of those results were very close and could have gone either way). I'll be playing it again. On the Granicus scenario, I defeated the IA on the first try, but since Alexander was killed, I had to try again... The second time around I was soundly trounced. When my flank attack was stalled, I lost patience and tried a frontal assault on the main Persian position, with disastrous results.
My only complaints are that there is no option to play head to head on the same computer - something which I like to do, and that one cannot play the Persians against the artificial intelligence, which would add a great deal of replay value. Maybe the manual - which is quite well done, could also be more detailed about the combat mechanisms and the way odds are calculated.
I was looking forward to this game and am more than satisfied. I can only recommend it to anyone who likes ancient history, miniatures and challenging war games.