This game is a legendarily crafted sapphire in the rough melded to a platinum ring. This is the Dwarf Fortress with graphics you have been waiting for. While it is not as complex, not as unforgiving, it is far easier to get into and get immersed in thanks to a UI that works well. This game is so fun that I've ditched most of my other games to play it instead, and after several abyssmal failures I finally have a stable kingdom.
The game is still in development, but the developer seems determined to see this through and make it the best game possible. He typically updates every two weeks, adding things, fixing bugs, balancing values. He listens and posts on the game's forums, and has implemented a bunch of changes suggested by the community. The man has earned my faith in him.
I cannot overstate how happy I am with this game. I bought it on sale, but felt so guilty that I got it for cheap that I made my girlfriend buy it as well. I told her that if she didn't like it, I'd pay her back, and consider it a donation for the development of the game. Please do yourself a favor and try this if you enjoy management sims, building games, minecraft, or ant farms. At the price it's sold at, it's a steal if you love it, and small loss if you don't.