Aaron, Yun, and I played this game twice tonight. The second game included the polar bear and 2 Square expansions (for zebra, flamingos, and elephants -- why those animals I will never know).
Aaron won game one. I won game two.
The game is reminiscent of Medici (without a lot of the book-keeping). Faster and cleaner, actually. Which is weird, because Medici is among my favorite Reiner games, but this game takes what Reiner did and streamlines it.
More family friendly, I guess.