I have played it, and it froze after a few minutes of playing it.
It looks like I need an export specifically for Windows 8. Well that's a surprise. Sorry for all the trouble. It might be a while.
Someone else with Windows 8 gave it a go as well. He had problems, so he found the .exe, right clicked it and went to compatibility and did Windows XP as an admin and it worked without errors. If you ever have the desire to try the game again, give that a go. If not, I totally understand :-)