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Johnny Castaway

Johnny has found himself stranded on a small desert island with nothing but a coconut palm tree, the wonky raft on which he arrived, and an empty horizon. Watch as this castaway does his best to survive on fish and coconuts, passing time by engaging in a seemingly endless variety of activities, and coming ever so close to being rescued. Sounds are enabled by default, but can be turned off via Windows's Screen Saver Settings.

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Installation instructions

Microsoft Windows

  1. Double-click on the file you have downloaded to start the Screen Antics (SCRANTIC) installer.
    • If you are asked whether you "want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this computer," click the "Yes" button.
    • If you get a message stating "Error creating process [...] The requested operation requires elevation" then please right-click on the johnnycastaway.exe file and choose "Run as administrator".
  2. Click "Next" to proceed, then click "I Agree" if you accept the terms of the license agreement.
  3. We recommend installing this screensaver to the default destination directory, which is your main Windows folder (on most computers, this is C:\Windows), so simply click "Next" again to continue.
  4. A Start Menu folder named "Screen Antics" will be created, from where you will be able to easily uninstall the screensaver in the future. You can optionally change the name of this folder before you click "Install" to begin copying all necessary files to your computer.
  5. Installation may take a few seconds, then click "Close" to exit the install program. You should now be able to find "Screen Antics" among your other screensavers.
    • If the screensaver fails to start and returns an error involving "[...] cannot start or run due to incompatibility with 64-bit versions of Windows," then your computer is equipped with a 64-bit version of the Windows operating system, and this (16-bit) screensaver cannot be started. A workaround can be found here: How to install Johnny Castaway on Windows 64-bit.

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Editor's review

The classic man-on-island screensaver

June 4, 2012

When it was first released in 1993 by Sierra On-Line/Dynamix, Johnny Castaway was the first screensaver to tell a story. It thus distinguished itself from the similarly popular 1989 After Dark series of screensavers, which featured flying toasters and starry nights, among others, and notably had a modular system that allowed third parties to add new themes and animations to the series. These were all relatively predictable — Johnny Castaway was not.Johnny Castaway: The world's first story-telling screen saver!

At the center of this screensaver is the stranded man we have come to know as Johnny Castaway, alone on a small desert island with nothing but a coconut palm tree. Most of his days are spent fishing, reading, running and drinking from coconuts, but every so often he engages in a new activity, or some unexpected event takes place. He may be visited by a mermaid, eaten by a shark, or come close to being rescued, but whatever the adventure is, Johnny always ends up back on his island. These scenes occur randomly, and so the exciting thing about this screensaver is that you'll never know what will happen next.

One exception to this irregularity of events is that Johnny celebrates the major U.S. holidays, including New Year's Eve, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day and Halloween. As the screensaver depends on your computer clock, it's easy to trick Johnny into thinking it's Christmas by changing the date to December 25.

It will be obvious to anyone watching this screensaver today that the graphics have not been updated since the initial release in 1993. Since most modern computer monitors have display resolutions far above 640x480 pixels, the screensaver is unlikely to employ your whole screen. Instead, it will be displayed at its original size against a black background — using less power, it should perhaps be noted, than if it were to fill the whole screen.

The biggest downside to the lack of updates for this screensaver, however, is that it may soon become impossible to use at all. Johnny Castaway was designed to run on a 16-bit operating system, such as Windows 3.1x. While all 32-bit versions of Windows, including XP, Vista and 7, will continue to support 16-bit software programs such as this one, the trend is toward 64-bit computer systems, which will not allow 16-bit programs to run.

Update: a workaround is available for getting the Johnny Castaway screensaver to work on 64-bit versions of Windows. See: How to install Johnny Castaway on Windows 64-bit

Despite these flaws, exposed by modernized technology, Johnny Castaway still stands tall as one of the most entertaining screensavers of the last two decades. As long as you have a 32-bit version of Windows, you can and should experience this important and fun piece of computer history that helped popularize screen savers.

If you need an excuse to be watching Johnny's adventures all day, here's the plea from the bottled letter that accompanied the original 3 1/2-inch floppy disk: "Stop everything! Only when you quit working, do I have a chance to escape this forsaken island. So please, do it for me — kill some time to save an old salt!"

User reviews (20)

Its awesome

by Lenni on July 6, 2017

I think its the best one around

by Joseph on June 24, 2017

Great and historic.

by Bob N on February 20, 2017

I love it

by vacsati on April 12, 2016

Awesome! It never quite repeats itself, it's always amusing, he has LOADS of little adventures, one of the best screen savers ever! The only problem with it is it's ADDICTIVE - you want to watch it rather than get work done! I don't know if anything will ever quite top it and I don't even know who wrote it. Full marks from me!

by Christopher Burke on April 10, 2016

I had Johnny Castaway many years ago and have luckily found it again

by Geanetta Foce on April 4, 2016

good

by hanz on February 17, 2016

like it !

by steve tessneer on January 7, 2016

funny

by wayne downing on January 1, 2016

Update it. Johnny was one of my first introductions into computer capability and I even occasionally would speak to him as though a co-conspirator at school. The program should be updated and expanded. Open source code anyone ?

by Max on October 16, 2015

Write a rerun compatible with current OS's including Debian & Linux

by Francois on August 18, 2015

I love this screensaver. It's by far my favorite, and I never tire of it because he does so many silly things. But, it never stays on nighttime for more than 15minutes, no matter what I set the start time at. I'd give it 5 stars if it would be nighttime during the night,rather than off and on at all hours of the day or night!

by Margaret on June 12, 2015

I love Johnny Castaway. This version does work on Windows 7, unlike some other downloadable versions. I have a dual display setup. When running this screensaver, my displays get all screwed up-- the second monitor becomes aligned underneath the other display (instead of side by side). This is unusable for me.

by Ryan on February 23, 2015

Love this screensaver. Followed the instructions and got it to work on my Mac, but I was wondering if anyone knew how to reduce the file size? After converting it, it balloons to 350 MB and turns on my fans after being on for more then 10 minutes.

Screensavers Planet: The application wrapper is so large (ours was ~170 MB) because it must emulate some essential components of the Windows operating system, thereby allowing the screensaver to run. The screensaver itself keeps its small file size, but it is "wrapped" with all sorts of additional files that allow a Windows program to work on Mac OS X. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid this. As for your computer fans, we can confirm that the screensaver appears to put quite a bit of strain on the processor (CPU), but have not yet found a way to reduce this.

by Tim on February 11, 2015

love it although it wont woke on 64bit system wish they could update it.

by james sisco on January 4, 2015

I remember when I was a boy, I used to sit at the computer for hours simply watching all the various antics that Johnny gets up too. Loved it back then and still do to this very day!

by Aaron on December 18, 2014

Brings back a lot of memories.

by Willie on December 17, 2014

I had this on my windows 98 computer when i was a kid. getting all nostalgic using it in 2014.

by Ben on December 11, 2014

Toll aufbereiteter Bildschirmschoner aus alten Zeiten (Dos).
Schiffbrüchiger allein auf einer Insel.

by Bernd on November 21, 2014

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