Ive played extensively for about 30 hours and started several colonies on normal here are my thoughts on the current state of the game.
First : I really like it
Now for the things that i feel need to be fixed/improved quickly
Available space at starting location way too limited and way to close to the enemy,
the space requirements to give a colonist everything he wants including at the high end a own house with all the accomodations in it, and the space that agriculture takes away on top of that are not in line with the playing field offered. If youd increase the map by 50% and the distance to the closest enemy village by 100% i think we would be in a lot more enjoyable spot. Also it would require to play more strategicly to bridge the distances.
Micromanagement of needs to maintain mood and gain reward points becomes a massive chore at population of 8 or more, colonist should manage needs such as relaxation, sitting and talking to people they want to talk to on their own as soon as they have aquired a 3 star level in one trait and maybe some extra requirement or research.
Micromanagement of gear: Frankly…Terrible im sorry. You should have a job roster for your population and storage facilities for them to drop off and equip gear automatically (possible researchable option here opens up further enjoyment for those who love to research things and feel rewarding progression)
Add Alarm Bell research to auto equip weapons and armor change role to soldier and man towers.
Colonists requesting stuff in their rooms/houses that is either already present , gets dragged into their room or built new wont register these additions. Needs fix asap.
Ability to turn on name tag&job on settlers and above owned beds would be welcome.
Ability to click on a “wants to chat with” icon have the game target the person he wants to talk to.
Behaviour of manned Towers is inconsistent, colonists sometimes just stop engaging the enemy for no obvious reason.
Dead bodies and graves. There is a dire need of pyres in the game to remove dead bodies. I have about 50 graves of enemies clogging up the map and they get more and more since the 2nd settlement is damn hard to take out even with fully equipped armored level 3 soldiers.
For an alpha and also a free one i think you have done a fricking good job and id encourage you to go Early Access because frankly ive seen way worse things in EA than this which already has a lot to offer for its ridicolously small file size on which i also congratulate you.
I just hope you dont run into the typcial unity related horror stories when you increase the scale and complexity of the game or unity decides to do one of their horrible engine updates ^^