So I played pretty much all night when I saw that it had come out on early access.
First off there are some problems. The controls are a tiny bit clunky and terrain deformation is slow right now. They really need a graduated system where pulling more/farther makes a larger difference. Which will probably come.
With that in mind though... I really had fun. The progression is fun and feels meaningful. Like larger huts, materials, mining, settlements that build roads and auto collect faith for you. Its pretty cool, and I can see a lot of good coming from it.
I enjoyed the faux multiplayer, even if the fake player characters are a bit creepy. Its not about fine unit control. More about terrain control, expanding, creating short cuts and plateaus and getting to advantageous positions before your opponent. Its an interesting take on an RTS and I'm curious to see how it comes along.
It won't be for everyone, but if you liked black and white, populous, hell maybe even the Anno series it's definitely worth keeping an eye on.