Wow, I didn't expect to find a 4X style game (well... maybe only 3X) all done in PICO-8!
The base gameplay is simple but yet still manage to keep me entertained, and with the score challenge and the different technos to make each game a little different I was really hooked. Now that I made 8757 on 'tough' difficulty I don't believe I would go further with it. :p
But good job, and I hope your little project will grow into a more ambitious game.