TL;DR Version: A hugely entertaining game for an early access definately worthy of at least having a look at, you wont regret it despite its bugs
Ok so to sum this games performance up in 3 words "buggy as hell" comes to mind, but seeing as this is still early access and every bug that gets reported gets fixed fairly quickly, i'll let it slide. The only real problem i have on this front when it comes to this game is that it does tend to crash alot and i'm not really sure why, this has prevented me from experiencing alot of content that the game has to offer which is a shame as there is alot more to this game than your average colony/town building game. so in short if you dont like crashes or bugs...stay clear of this one for now.
Ok this is probably one of my favorite games of the genre at the moment purely because of the games wacky (and sometimes dark) sense of humour. so far i have needed to choose policies related to faction attitudes (how my colony will react when it spots some people fromanother nation etc.) and some related to a small cult that formed in my colony. Different colonists will react differently to certain policies (xenophobes wont like it when you make friends with fishpeople for example) which is something i absolutely adore as it makes your colony seem more alive and more entertaining especially when you get people with the "strange" trait then things start to get really fun. there are also ways to gain influence from the empire that can be spent on extra materials, food, more colonists or more soldiers.
Overall what clockwork empires does it does REALLY well and i applaud it for its wacky whilst sarcastic sense of humour and if the bugs and crashes dont bother you or you want to help the Devs find them, i cannot stress enough how much you should get this game as it is a true joy to play and i just wish i could play more of it without it crashing.