I’ve been playing Ikariam all month and sort of wondering the whole time whether or not I actually enjoy it. As I marveled here, the fact that it was free amazed me.
A few days ago they upgraded to version 0.20, which included a new “ambrosia” feature. Ambrosia is a thing with wondrous powers, and it costs cold hard (real) cash to get. So there’s one mystery solved.
At the same time they did this, they introduced a bug which makes the game nearly impossible to play. And a dubious feature that made it harder to expand (and expanding was hard any way).
An unfortunate bit of synchronicity.