I'm really diggin this game. It's got the empire building aspects that I like about Race for the Galaxy, while also having an interesting draft mechanic. You draw four cards, choose one, swap hands with your opponent, and choose one of theirs. This repeats 4 or 8 times (depending on the round) per round, with a few war and score phases between the start of another. The cards are anything from resources, infantry, defensive walls, cultural wonders, etc.
The game looks like it's got IAPs but it doesn't. What I mean by this, is you unlock cards by earning gold for random packs. Although I don't think you get repeats for anything but identities, as it just unlocks the cards and upgrades identities. You get 15 gold for an AI win, 30 for a human win, and you always have 3 quests that are super easy to beat, they've just been play or win 1 or 2 games so far. The quests fill in with a new one when you repeat, so it's not a daily or anything like that. All in all, very generous with the gold as its just a way to gate off some cards so you're not super overwhelmed with new cards in your first few games.
There is no deck building either. Cards are randomly chosen from your collection of unlocked cards at the beginning of the game to make your deck.
I'm having a blast with it so far. I've played 3 games online already. They're pretty quick, but extremely dense with interesting decisions imo.
I also started an empire for us. It's called StatelyPlayCoalition. Basically it's a guild in-game. We can all try to complete some empire wide quests, and we get some bonus gold every day for being in one. Join up. This game is definitely worth $0.99, and I'd easily pay $9.99 for it.
Let me know if you guys have any questions.