Unclaimed World has oodles of potential oozing out from between the flaws. But don't be tempted, the flaws are terrible and many. After playing 0.1.2.1 on 24th January I'm going to probably give this game a year or more before trying again.
First off, the good stuff. Unclaimed World is like Majesty and Dwarf Fortress at it's core. You designate tasks and one or more of your free-willed plebs will undertake them. There is no mico-managing workers. The banter between the various colonists is the perfect way to introduce the new world. The scenarios are not random so after a couple of tries you'll know which colonists you get and what their skills are.
I like the graphical style and the smooth character animations, they give a good sense of pioneering on an alien planet. The character portraits, whilst somewhat caricatured, make knowing and empathising with said characters much easier.
That's where the good stops.
There are currently only three stages, the tutorial which is so hand-holdy it's a chore; and not one I've forced myself to complete. The first stage which is impossible to lose unless you try really, really had to get your colonists killed. And lastly the second stage which crashes fairly early in. Don't expect content, it's not here.
The user interface is awful. And this is after the "UI and animation improvements" patch. Clicks get ignored, menus disappear, compents that should be translucent are not and parts of componets are missing. The map is the only way to scroll around (if there are keyboard shortcuts I never found them). But that's all the map does, nothing is marked on it in and it would completely pointless if there was another way to scroll.
Unclaimed World is SLOW. The characters idle along at maybe 5 to 10 pixels a seond but have to traverse areas that are thousands of pixels across. Leaving the game to run whilst doing other things seems to be the only meaningful way to play.
And the speed gets worse on the (previously mentioned) second stage. The characters still move at about the same rate but the screen refreshes at less than a frame a second until eventually it becomes a slide show and crashes. I'm sure a simple 2D game should run better than this.
The artificial intelligence in a game where units can't be directly controlled has to be good. But in Unclaimed World it's not. It's awful. I can't seem to prioritise tasks. Gathering seems to take precedence over everything. So if there are a couple of construction projects going on and I set a new gather task then everyone drops what they're doing and rushes (relatively) to all gather the same stick of firewood. Practicaly this means as long as there are gather tasks construcion tasks will not finish.
Furthermore the AI in combat is even more deficient, with the characters commenting that they must attack as a group and then walking in one at a time; and only after the previous character has been killed. It's horrible. They also seem to get lost and will wander backwards and forwards through an enemy nest despite there not being any tasks near it.
In closing, Unclaimed World has a lot of potential with a good exploration and command vibe but it is so far from being completed that it's barely even a tech demo - let alone a full game. Avoid.