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Giveaway of the day — Dark Castle 3D Screensaver

Immerse into gripping and mysterious atmosphere of a Gothic Dark Castle.
$17.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 66 (55%) 53 (45%) 38 comments

Dark Castle 3D Screensaver was available as a giveaway on September 21, 2016!

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Relax watching the wonderful view of mystic Dark Castle on your computer screen. You will enjoy the captivating picture of a castle at night and extremely realistic sound effects. Feel the atmosphere of Gothic mystery with Dark Castle 3D screensaver!

System Requirements:

Windows XP or later; DirectX 9c or later; 3D video card

Publisher:

Screensavers Store

Homepage:

http://www.screensavers-store.com/dark-castle-3d-screensaver.shtml

File Size:

10,2 MB

Price:

$17.95

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#27

Graphics are very 80's. I run two large monitors and always run a gif loop of ocean waves or forest rain or something REAL and moving on each monitor or across monitors. I like working on a tropical beach or mountain top.

I also make still photos into moving animations with a past GOTD Animated Wallpaper Maker, an excellent product for my interests.

Recommendation for this product - make the graphics realistic.

Reply   |   Comment by Ed  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

I like 3D screensavers a lot , lets hope there will be more in the future.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#25

I personally like good screensavers. The graphics on this one left a lot to be desired.
On a positive note, the 'solar system-earth 3D screensaver' is great! It has a real 3D type image and I have it on both of my computers connected to my large flat screens as monitors.

Reply   |   Comment by P.R.  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#24

This screensaver is not so nice in my opinion. I used this kind of screensaver last time at 2008, it was Ocean Dive screensaver and it was much better looking than this one. In the screensaver there is simple game based on moving through undersea locations and collecting coins. Collected coins unlocks new locations I think ...or something like this. It was from SCS Software company. I remember when Ocean Dive screensaver appeared on my screen in 2008 almost everybody around stopped their activities were staring at it everytime :)

https://youtu.be/VF5JW1rQkE0

Reply   |   Comment by PZ  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#23

Isn't this screensaver originally made by Rixane Interactive?

Reply   |   Comment by WP  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

WP, Yes. Screensavers Store is a project of Rixane Interactive where we collect most interesting 3D screensavers.

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

Above, it says "How would you improve Dark Castle 3D Screensaver?" and gives six links, all of which point to .idea.informer.com (yes, with a . in front). I removed that dot in front and got to the idea informer website, which showed nowhere to comment on the screensaver.

Most of my comments have to do with the full moon and clouds. The first thing I noticed was that the clouds disappeared behind the moon. How can the moon be closer to the viewer than the clouds? Second, the moon is full so the sun is approximately 180 degrees away, on the other side of the Earth. So why do the clouds have white or grey edges?

My last comment has to do with the pair of torches that burn in perfect synchronization. Are these wooden torches or gas-fueled? They burn as though they were gas-fueled from a common gas line, so when the pressure goes up, both torches burn a bit higher... but the flames look like wood-burning flames, so each one might be good, but the two should not burn together like that. One thing you could do would be to have them burn out of synch, perhaps star one at a different point in the sequence than the other.

Reply   |   Comment by Laura Nass  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Laura Nass, The link should read http://dark-castle-3d.idea.informer.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Locke (CS Computer Services)  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#21

I use my own digital art to make my desktop interesting. With several art programs on both machines, I never run out out cool wallpapers for them. I just right click on a displayed image, and choose Set as Desktop Background. No need for a screensaver.

If you want wallpapers for your devices, and cannot create your own, lots of free ones are available at more sites than you can shake a stick at. Just determine your screen dimensions and choose images that will fit it or are larger. They can be easily fitted to your screen.

Reply   |   Comment by L. Cleveland Major  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

I ran the activate.exe command, and it said it was successful, but it did not register the production. I'm running Win 7.

Reply   |   Comment by Phil  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#19

OK, everyone. Let's stop getting hung up on the word "screensaver". Yes, that is a throwback to the old days when the screen need saving (CRTs). Today's screens don't need to be protected from burn-in, but is it really so terrible to have something other than your working screen there for all to see. Personally, I'd rather walk past your computer and have something pleasant to look at than be tempted to read your latest IM, or snoop through your spreadsheet, etc. Enjoy this program for what it is and maybe one of you could come up with a new name for this type of program.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

John, I'd rather walk past your vacant desks monitor and think the screen is OFF because it's powered down and the CPU and GPU are in power saving mode, after all someone elses monitor is not meant to provide others in the office with entertainment during the workstations idle time! When I am AFK/AFD I should lock the keyboard for security reasons then inactivity should prompt power saving modes not power wasting "screensavers"

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

Thanks GOTD & Screensavers Store!

State of the art graphics or not, it's more attractive than a black screen, or a Windows desktop. I've got a miniPC connected to the TV & this will be nice, till November anyway, when it's on but not playing video.

FWIW I don't use these with the PCs, since they usually kick in the graphics cards, using more power & creating more unwanted heat in the summer, but it's not such a big deal with devices without a separate graphics card like the miniPC.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

I haven't used a screensaver since the 90's, and I would never pay that price when I did! But thanks. Something that you all may like that does spiff the Windows booy up is this splash screen changer. It can be done without this, but this avoids having to regedit. Check it out. It beats the blah windows screen!

http://tweaks.com/software/tweakslogon/

Reply   |   Comment by Mike OD  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
#16

This screen saver is ok for what it is, which is intereting and attention getting. It is not all that bad as some say, I have seen much worse. Many are right, the music could be better and so could the graphics, but it is free, cost you nothing so enjoy it. I do not need it, but I do use them for entertainment and I get mind here for half the price almost as they charge for this one and they are much nicer I think, I especially like the Christmas scenes and the Fairy Forest and Troipical fish. They are well made and they do update as they did from windows 8 to windows 10, free, you did not have to buy new. the url is here: http://www.3planesoft.com/?url=manager_site my why go a take a peek. If you do not like them, so be it...

Reply   |   Comment by Ivan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

Brilliant idea for Halloween. I'll give it a shot later after I get home.

Reply   |   Comment by Therese  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

OK, tried it. It's dark and moody all right, but could use a bit of color, like blood, to liven things up! I recommend for more Halloween look, add in some bats, wolves, and a full moon. Also, would be nice if there was some transition from daylight (evening) to night, to make it less boring. I don't use screensavers much since I am usually powered down if I am not on the computer, but with some livening up, I could see this as a "home theatre" extra to play on screen inbetween movies or whatever when guests are around.

Reply   |   Comment by Therese  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

It is mind boggling that people are still paying good money for screensavers.

Reply   |   Comment by Glen C  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#13

Wowwww !!!

Reply   |   Comment by glnz  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)
#12

Quality could be better, more faces in trees and bush. Perhaps a Ghoul peering from castle windows. Not a purposeful app but entertaining for the season. More depth in soundtrack enhanced echo (not much) less repetitious soundtrack.

Reply   |   Comment by Jess Pike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#11

I've been using 'Nature Illusion studio' to make my own screen savers ( I've got a LOT lol ). You can use pretty much any image and add sound including music. I won't be keeping this screensaver...Sorry but it seems just a little 'primitive' and old fashioned.

Reply   |   Comment by Ian  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#10

Ouch - $18 for a screensaver. The software to create screensavers is cheaper than that.
Wonder if anyone remembers Johnny Castaway? That was the best screensaver ever (scenes are viewable on YouTube). A guy stranded on a desert island, so each time the screensaver kicked in, you got a short comical scene with him on the island - opening coconuts, making rafts, etc. That one was worth every penny.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Locke (CS Computer Services)  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Chris Locke (CS Computer Services),
You can still download a Windows XP version of Johny Castaway (created by Jaap van Wingerden) over here:
http://loadion.com/en/Johnny-Castaway-2.1_131991.html
:)

Reply   |   Comment by StrayCat  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)

Chris Locke (CS Computer Services), Johnny Castaway was my favorite screen saver of all time. It even had easter eggs - christmas tree on christmas, etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#9

Ok, we get the hint and we all know. Screensavers are not needed. Why do so many have to comment that they were useful long ago but no longer? Common knowledge doesn't need to be repeated over and over and over and over. Now that that's out of the way, this screen saver has a lot to be desired for. sounds are low quality and repetitive. Graphics are ok, could be a lot better, but could also have been a lot worse. I'd personally like to meet the person willing to pay such a price for a screensaver. Decent, but not something I'll keep around

Reply   |   Comment by levitiquetus  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

We used to get a screensaver at least once a month via giveawayoftheday and I would love to see them offered more often. Anyway, I'm really pleased to see today's screensaver. Although we all know they are no longer necessary with today's monitors they can still be a pleasure to have, especially the well made ones. Personally I thought the Dark Castle Screensaver was better than most, though my favorites of this type of screensaver are the Mechanical Clock, Koi Carp, the 3D Solar system screensavers for Mars and the Earth (which was given away several weeks ago) and the Storm at Sea. Glad to see this repeated because I lost the previous giveaway years ago after a format and Windows upgrade, but didn't think it was quite good enough to purchase :)

After installing and running the saver for a few moments, I did feel with the passage of time, it doesn't look as good as I remember it from several years ago, but it's still acceptable so I will be adding this one to my screensaver rotation, at least temporarily as I'm considering purchasing one or two other screensavers called Aeon and Soft Skies. The the two I'm using at the moment are my ultimate favorites (mentioned below). I did actually purchase a couple of the Astro Gemini and 3DPlanesoft screensavers when the giveaway team started to include them in the daily giveaways back in 2007 and never regretted buying them. Unfortunately most of those are now looking rather out-dated by today's graphic standards. It would be brilliant if one of the screensaver developers upgraded the textures of the best of these screensavers. I'd certainly consider buying copies of my favorite ones.


To those who don't see any purpose to this screensaver, they can be excellent animated background images, a way to meditate or as someone else pointed out a way to stop prying eyes; I have all of my computers configured so that screensavers turn on after 5 minutes of inactivity and set the power saving feature to power down the monitor after 1 hour. That said I do appreciate not everyone will agree with my point of view. I tend to leave my monitors on all day because I'm usually at my main computer on and off frequently throughout the day and find pleasure in occasionally watching my favorite screensavers in action, which at the moment tend to be either G .Force Platinum (which some live bands also use as stage backdrops because you can configure the program to change patterns to music or other sound sources), I tend to alternate G.Force with another old favorite fish screensaver of mine called Aquazone 2.


Thank you to the giveaway team for securing today's giveaway. By the way, I've added a link to another free game in the Weekly roundup of Games thread over in the forums called Desert Operations: Queen Package, which you can find a link to HERE. you'll also find details of other decent free games such as The Crew (an open world racing game) and some arcade games that I also mention in the game reviews I've posted recently. Don't forget there are still two games live over on the game giveaway side of the giveaway project, Meridian: Squad 22, which ends at 6pm tomorrow and Whispering Willows which ends in 3 days time. good luck to those that enter. Both games are from my own experience well worth getting, especially for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#7

A screensaver is for when you are not using the computer, why would you want to sit at the computer watching this when not using it? Oh, and the price??
I just set my screens to go into standby when not in use for so ling, saves some energy too

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

All I can say is the YouTube video above doesn't do justice for the actual screensaver. And we all know that screensavers are just to enjoy nowadays and not needed to actually save your screen from burning out.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#5

Lol $17.95 for a screensaver!! Brilliant joke

Reply   |   Comment by fatherted  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#4

Windows 10 64bit 12gb memory.
Technologically of course we don't need screensavers any more- but in an open environment they protect screen content from prying eyes if you are away for a while. I would never pay for one however, there's enough free stuff around.
This downloaded and set itself up with no problem. I've seen, and got, more interesting displays than this; the graphics are OK but to my mind not outstanding. Would never run one with the sound on it would drive me to distraction after a while.

Reply   |   Comment by Revcoling  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Screensavers were only useful in old technology CRT displays that could “burn” a static image on the screen.

Modern LCD monitors don’t have this weakness and don’t need screensvers. Much better use the energy-saving feature to turn off the monitor when not in use.

Reply   |   Comment by tomcat  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

tomcat, actually screensavers were basically obsolete well before flat-panel displays became commonplace; they were already a bad idea once Energy Star CRT monitors became ubiquitous, since those, like modern displays, could be programmatically turned off by the computer when not in use, which is a much better choice than a screensaver, both in terms of energy usage and in terms of wear and tear on the monitor . . . . which is, of course, still the issue with using screensavers on modern LCD panels; if you're leaving your display on all the time so you can look at the pretty screensaver, you're not only wasting electricity but also burning out the monitor's backlight.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Stone  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#2

Reviewed the video and decided against downloading. Graphics are quite crude and the sound track is horrendous, the rain is just noise and the music if you call call it music is horrible. Might appeal to some but sorry it's not my bag.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave the Rave  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#1

While it may look pretty, with modern LCD panels the need for screensavers is drastically reduced & I really cannot believe anyone would consider paying $17.95 for this......

Not for me I'm afraid......I really don't see any purpose for screensavers

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Although screensavers have become more entertainment than anything now that CRT monitors are nearly gone...

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Paul, Hi Paul, there are other reasons to use screensavers. Maybe the name screensaver is the wrong word to use. I find they are a pleasant distraction, especially my favorites which I mention in my comment (G Force and Aquazone 2)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Whiterabbit-uk, (hey there, you! :)) Here's another reason: A few years back, I was wheeled into a surgical bay at my local hospital, for a kidney stone removal. On the main monitor, I saw something that almost rolled me off the gurney because I was laughing so hard...it was a screensaver, the very same one I had just installed on my machine a couple of days prior - of fish, lol, it may even have been Aquazone, my memory is not what it used to be...they said it gave patients something else to fixate on, instead of all the scary machinery - I thought it was brilliant :)

Reply   |   Comment by hamstergirl4444  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

hamstergirl4444, these days such screensavers & third party non NHS apps are not permitted on any public sector devices

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
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