Survival: Fountain of Youth Preview (Steam Early Access)

For our Survival: Fountain of Youth Preview, we check out a challenging single-player open-world survival game set on the Caribbean islands. Survive as a shipwrecked 16th-century explorer, craft tools and shelter, and uncover the secrets of an ancient civilization and your fate.

Survival: Fountain of Youth Preview Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 27.18GB download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Graphics settings – resolution, fullscreen, v-sync, fps cap, graphics preset, anti-aliasing, texture resolution, anisotropic filtering, shadow quality, volumetric lighting, HBAO, and shadow distance slider.
  • Controller settings +Invert axis and sensitivity sliders, rumble and aim assist.
  • Mouse and keyboard settings – Invert axis and sensitivity sliders rebind controls, and toggles.
  • Four save slots.
  • Game setup – tutorials and intro, max number of faints (unlimited/limited/one) and difficulty (very easy/easy/normal/hard/very hard) which affects vitals drain, damage from animals, negative effects, and the chance of curing disease.
  • Survival gameplay.
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • You can skip the cutscenes and interactions.
  • First-person view.
  • Hack and slash combat.
  • In the beginning, you can only take four items from a choice of like twelve.
  • Unlock blueprints as you pick up items and craft new ones.
  • The tutorial is a list of tasks to make the necessities.
  • Day/night cycle.
  • Different weather effects with each affecting your health and the success rate of things like you can’t build a fire in the rain unless you have a cover.
  • Trees and other places can be harvested or cut down for resources.
  • Earn EXP and skill points by doing tasks a lot like cooking X amount gives you a perk and exp, but craft particular items and get perk points.
  • You get a success rate before attempting an action like cooking or building as it factors in the elements.
  • Vitals such as tiredness, water, and food all have meters that have to be monitored and topped up.
  • Helpful hints in the menu like when it’s dark it says what you can do to fix this or if you are tired it says what to do.

Survival: Fountain of Youth Preview Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controls for the controller.
  • Small text.
  • The combat is very mashy and not very fluid.
  • No hotbar.
  • The narration volume is really low.
  • The key bindings only show the keyboard and not the controller.
  • Everything is menus and bars. Cut down a tree? It’s a loading bar, build something it’s a loading bar. You don’t see the actual action it’s just a progress/loading bar.
  • Nothing immediately jumps out at being unique in this game.
  • The aiming and hitting of thrown/projected weapons is terrible and is even worse with aim assist.
  • They do lock better aiming away in a perk system but even then it’s still bad.
  • The day and night cycle is really long.
  • A lot of balancing from the vitals to the general health of your character and it gets very tedious.
  • You cannot just turn the vitals part off.
  • A lot of slowdown especially when it’s raining.

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Survival: Fountain of Youth:

Official website.

Developer: Home | Odinsoft

Publisher: Twin Sails Interactive

Store Links –

Steam Early Access.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!