I've been playing it a few days now, it's definitely got promise. Wasn't worth the $20 I paid (yet, at least. One hopes it'll get better throughout development).
Much of it works as intended, mostly the balance is absolutely terrible and there are a few bugs and such. The battle system is a complete disaster and needs to be reworked for the game not to be a total failure. If they work out the combat, it could definitely be a contender vs MOO/Sins/Civ