One of the first games I've ever played back in early 90's. So my relationship to this game is life-long. However, even I know it so well, this does not mean that I'll be un-critical. It's just that there's not much to complain about.
Yes, AI is not so smart. But also graphics is only 2d and uses 256 colors with 320x200 resolution. And sounds sounds not so good now. NOW, that's important word, because back then, all these things were called revolution. Also, even this should be adaption of great books, this only uses setting. Barely. But it doesn't matter in this case. Controls, you can't select more units at once, point on enemy so easily to attack etc. This can be partly overdone by slowing game and doing something like tactic part. I love it anyway.
Atmosphere. Also music, which is kind of cult. And also fits perfectly into action/calm parts of game. Graphic. Which, even tilled, is quite pleasant to watch. And also this game is deservedly called mother of all games. So, even it's not good adaptation and can be adapted as dull strategy with easy task, this game is cult in about everything.
About 20 hours of playing for skilled player, depending on how much you'll harvest (for points) and also if you'll play all three houses. There's big part - replay-ability, because I feel need to play this game from time to time, seriously.
One of the classic top masterpieces that formed, or vastly improved genre.