Get 200+ Free Retro Screen Savers with XScreenSaver for Mac OS X
Tired of all the OS X default screen savers? Breathe a ton of new retro life into your screen saver collection with the XScreenSaver pack for Mac. The free bundle includes over 200 old school screen saver classics, including an Apple II emulator, Flying Toasters, The Matrix, Blue Screen of Death, Missile Command, Phosphor BBS emulator, Rubiks cube, bouncing cow, and tons of other once-upon-a-time-was-fancy and hilarious screen savers from computing days of yesteryear.
Individual screen savers can be manually installed by double clicking the .saver file, or you can install the entire pack of 201 by doing the following:
- Hit Command+Shift+G, enter “~/Library/Screen Savers/” as the path and hit return
- Copy all of the .saver files into that directory
- Open System Preferences and click on “Desktop & Screen Saver” to find them under the “Other” category
Being a retro Apple geek, my personal favorite is the Apple II simulator, which does a great job of emulating a terribly noisy TV screen and even lets you specify a terminal command to display continuously as the screensaver. Here is Apple II showing the output of “top” in it’s wonderfully distorted glory:
If you come from a unix background, many in the XScreenSaver collection will be familiar to you. The first version adorned X11 in 1992 and has been gradually adding more screen savers to the collection ever since.