Towns brings a fresh new take on the city building/management genre by introducing many RPG features.
This game needs a lot of work, especially the sound and music. There is some great music on the net that you can license for cheap I would really recommend you take a look at those. The game could use some ambient sounds and all the other sound effects..especially the deaths.
After reading other reviews, I need to make some (maybe obvious points). Towns is NOT Dwarf Fortress. It's not a fair comparison. DF has incredible depth. Towns as it stands now (v .42) does not have depth, yet.
I rated this a five for what it is NOW. Right now, it's pretty mediocre. I see lots of 10's and 9's rated out there... Towns as-is is NOT a 9-10 game. It has potential (this is why I purchased it) to be so. But it's far from it. I don't think any alpha is.
If your into scratch building games, this will provide you with some fun for a while. I look forward to seeing what is in store, in future updates.