Sierra – Johnny Castaway Screensaver

Like I have stated before, I have a very special place in my heart for “old school” games made by a company called Sierra.

Now sadly the founders of Sierra, Ken and Roberta Williams, sold the company many years ago to enjoy life on a very large boat; and the brand has been sold a few times since and now currently belongs to Activision.

Today’s post is about a screen saver that Sierra published, and eventually  gave away for free, called Screen Antics – Johnny Castaway.

The screensaver depicts a man – Johnny – stranded on a very small island with a single palm tree. It follows a story which is slowly revealed through time. It takes many days to catch on to the story. While Johnny eats, fishes, builds sand castles, and sleeps on a regular basis, there are a number of unusual events such as the island getting crushed by a ship that Johnny attracted, Johnny getting tied up, and a mermaid coming to the island.

On holidays like Christmas there will be a Christmas tree on the island. St Patricks day four leaf clovers will sprout out the sand. Over Halloween a pumpkin cut into a Halloween-type lantern, appears at the front of the island.

I stumbled upon the following website while looking for a Johnny Castaway Live Wallpaper for my Android phone – http://web.onetel.net.uk/~gnudawn/johnny/index.html . Sadly he does not have a live wallpaper for Android, but he has links to the next best thing…a working screensaver for Windows XP/Vista and even a tip how to get it to run on Linux!  Believe me I immediately downloaded and tested it on my Ubuntu PC at home and it works like a charm!

Here is a YouTube clip if you want to check what all Johnny gets up to on the island

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVgGfKY91Lg]

 

Go on! What you still waiting for? Download it and protect your screen today! The good old days – what was your favorite screensaver?

(BTW: Anyone know where I can get a live wallpaper Johnny Castaway for my phone?)

MadMike posted at 2011-3-23 Category: Sierra

3 Responses Leave a comment

  1. #1Casey @ 2014-6-28 07:44 Reply

    I got this working…Not ideal, but it works. So I loaded the DosBox app. Then using the app I installed Windows 3.1, and then loaded Johnny Castaway onto it. Voila, there he is. I want to find a way to port him as a Live Wallpaper…but alas, my coding prowess is next to nil.

  2. #2Kevin Burns @ 2014-7-20 15:19 Reply

    Loved this screen saver and would like to have it on my Samsung Galaxy 5 please help me figure out how to get it on there.

  3. #3Philip Lowran @ 2018-5-12 03:52 Reply

    How do I get this on my Linux Mint / Ubuntu system?

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