I casually played Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic back in the day. Never played MOM, though.
Briefly, what are the "unique qualities" that make MoM so special?
I say how it all fits together. The magic, the different races abilities, and the economics, and so on. I've played it a lot when it was new. And I played it a lot when I got the GOG version a few years ago. And I still give it a go from time to time. And after playing it so long time I am yet undecided on what is the beast race to play, or the best mage ability, or even the best school of magic.
It is available (or was) on GOG. I bought that version, on sale, for 1 dollar.
Have a bit more patience with newbies. Of course some of them act dumb -- they're often students, for heaven's sake. - Terry Pratchett