...then again, MoM even had bugs in it upon release...however that was probably more because of memory issues with it's limited 16-bit enviroment.
No, it was really pretty bad. Simtex knew how to design a great game, but they tinkered with it endlessly, and kept trying to fit more in. There were lots of rules problems, and the AI was truly terrible upon release. Several crashes, too. But it was such a well-designed game, and they worked to get the AI better after release. The final official release still has a number of things that don't work properly--you can check out the Insecticide bug fix to see just how much was done--but it was quite a bit better.