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Fantastic Flame Screensaver Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Fantastic Flame Screensaver

Fantastic Flame Screensaver is an award-winning screensaver which generates a realistic animated fire effect.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 361 75 comments

Fantastic Flame Screensaver was available as a giveaway on May 29, 2011!

Today Giveaway of the Day
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Fantastic Flame Screensaver sets your desktop ablaze! When Fantastic Flame fires up (no pun intended), everything on your desktop - wallpaper, icons, windows - will appear to catch on fire, glowing and emitting a smoke effect. Also, lots of flaming backgrounds (Zodiac signs, movie and game posters, Fantasy pictures, etc.) and colorful flame styles (more than 70 in total!) come included.

Your friends will say: Oh, your desktop is BURNING!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7


Laconic Software



File Size:

5.77 MB



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I downloaded the program with no problems. It looked great. Some of the pictures I had saved looked fantastic with the flame effects. I did notice that after a few days my computer slowed right down (that's why I'm writing this now). the Fantastic Flame screensaver is fantastic to watch but not fantastic on your resources.

Reply   |   Comment by Beatle4  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I like it. Installed great on Win 7 Home Premium on my laptop and looks very cool. The LOTR screen is worth the install, but I like the burning desktop the best.
I know the arguments against. I once bought an island SS where the little man would occasionally fish or make a fire or whatever. It was cute, but it only came up when I stepped away from the computer! Doh! And they are unneccessary, like Angry Birds... ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I would freaking miss this giveaway! Flip crap and butter. I've used their free screensavers before, they're really nice, and it would've been great to have the full customization the paid product offers.

Reply   |   Comment by Forgotthisfieldtwice  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you Laconic Software, and thank you Giveaway of the Day Project for this little MASTERPIECE!
I've had hours of enjoyment last night with the software and surely I'm going to enjoy further more.
Keep up the fabulous work, I've placed you on my Facebook page so I and mine won't miss other wonderful gifts from you.
All the best,

Reply   |   Comment by Sam  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Half the fun I get from this site -- aside from some amazing programs I'd otherwise probably never try -- is reading the comments. Especially from all the self-styled "experts" who seem to have so much free time on their hands that they feel obliged to criticize and lecture and pass judgement not on the actual benefits (or problems) with an offering (and a FREE one at that!), but on whether or not a given program is "useful" or to advise us that there are umpity-teen freebies that do the same job and so on and so on. Opinions are worth what you pay for them and that's sure true here. This is a perfect example -- how many people have come on here and wasted their time (and mine) advising me that "no one" ever uses screensavers anymore? Obviously a lot of people DO, and what on earth is it to YOU?? If you don't want it, go away. If you tried it and have encountered a problem, please share. If you tried it and like it, share that too. But, please, spare me your "expertise" and your opinion of what I do and do not like on my computer. I've been working with computers since the days of punch cards and coding stuff in using hexidecimal switches and I can make up my own mind. For the record, I downloaded and installed this on Windows 7 flawlessly, and while I rarely use a screensaver, I might use this one for a while just out of sheer stubbornness!

Reply   |   Comment by Susan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I agree with shegeek72 in that it could start with a part of the desktop/ an icon as if it would catch fire. As is it's pretty cool but not very useful, cannot even simulate true fire or scare someone properly. Very nice for free though, hot boys on my screen saver :)

Reply   |   Comment by kattun  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I had this on a netbook and then transferred to my laptop. I LOVE it. I am not into the flames or satanic thing. I was staying with friends when they saw my computer turn to flames and they love it too, all of us churchgoers as well :O I discovered I had an infestation of spyware and scumware on my computer and the only file it found quarantineable was the fantastatic flame screen saver :( So happy its back. I was sad it was gone, thank you GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Stephanas  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For photographers and other graphic design artsy people, CRT monitors are (often) the best and least expensive choice when it comes to color corrections. Unless that is, if you have the $5000 to shell out for an Izo(spelling unsure) monitor, CRTs are the best. So with CRTs come the need to have a screensaver, so screen-burn doesn't happen...
(I'm a photography student right now, so I know what I'm talking about, LOL) I found this screensaver last time GOTD offered it, then I dropped my computer, and had to replace it... So I like it ^_^

Reply   |   Comment by VampireKetsuki  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Well like I said earlier. Fun. It is so cool to see what it does.
The effects are quite good.
It is worth the download.

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I tend not to use screensavers because they can interfere when I'm watching video. But this one does look like an interesting one. There's a lot of settings, even though it's based upon one effect. I admit I probably wouldn't buy it but I don't think any screen savers are worth buying nowadays when there's so many free ones out there.

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick McNamara  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I don't understand why so many negative thumbs down for this. I too like this a great deal and lost it when I lost my computer before. I agree that $20 is a bit much for a screensaver though, but if the price was lower I would definately buy this. Thanks GOTD for another keeper.

Reply   |   Comment by Elric  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

So much negativity. Archaic....useless...outdated...etc.

How about, it is fun to look at. What is wrong with that? Can't people just load things on their computers these days that they just like to look at? Why does everything have to do something complicated to be good?
If it doesn't cook your meals..clean your house...drive your car...it's no good.
Come on people. Just enjoy life.

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

One of the coolest screensavers ever ! love it!Fun to play with and just watch!!

Reply   |   Comment by Jp6868  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Screensavers might not be Screen "Savers" any more (but if Others find them still working to protect their screens - I'm not going to argue with that, that would be rude!)

But they can still be fun, they can still decorate Desktops - even if just to be "shown off" once in a while - as pure amusement, or to chill out.

It's not exactly like.. wearing last Century cloths! (nothing wrong with Retro, hmm.. with exception of.. some of the 80s rather giggly "exibits".. still in my attic, lol)
Being "caught up" with Screensaver on one's computer? - Come on, hardly the same.

Giving away Sreensavers GAOTD is sending a Message: Each to it's own Guys!
Thanks for that:)

If someone is using your PC and it should "turn into flames" - it's not going to make them jump out of their skin, is it, just smile.

I now of something than could, if they still exist, - that is very "believable" BSOD Screensavers, the funniest and most wicked(!) - I thought - until it came as a part of more sinister Program that jumped at me installing itself together with that blue screen saver, before I could figure out what it was and get rid of it, and clean the rest.

Today's Offer is gentle and funny IMHO, I'm not sure if I would actually pay for it nearly $20.., but who knows, I lost few and when they were no longer available for free - went and bought them.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Works perfectly on Win Ultimate 64 bit.
I am not a huge fan of screensavers, and there have been some on show here before now which I haven't cared much for. This one is a neat enough screensaver which will stay on my system. It's good, it has plenty of options, not too keen on the minimal music available, don't really rate the burning logs sound when there are no logs on my desktop, but on the whole, this is a neat screensaver actually worth getting hold of for now. I notice plenty of people saying the same thing I'm going to say though, and that is that the asking price for this kind of thing - regardless of the screensaver or who made it - is just way too much for the function it performs, which unless you're likely to spend ages looking at your screen whilst it roasts away quietly, is simply far too much for far too little. All it does is show flames - that's the bare bones of it after all - and that's just a little too much realistically.
Still..I like this one, good giveaway, thanks GoTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Marcus  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

You will get bored of this in 3 days. Yes, it will pretend that your screen is burning nice 'n' slow and so what? Really, not that big deal IMO. If you want something spectacular as your screensaver, get Electric Sheep. That one offers something different every time it launches.

Reply   |   Comment by yawn  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I'm speechless. this is the neatest thing since sliced bread! works great on win 7 / 64-bit. you can even add your own images. the flaming dragon image they provide is very cool.

Reply   |   Comment by kat  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

By far this is one of my favorite screensavers! I'm glad this one is offered again. Last time I had it, Fantastic Flame told me there was an update available. I meant to decline but hit the wrong choice and accepted the update. Updating this software will void the GOTD offer and Fantastic Flame will not work. Don't let it update/upgrade to a newer version and you can enjoy this giveaway always.

Reply   |   Comment by Big D  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Thank you GOTD! Last time it was offered, I ended up losing this cool screensaver, when I had to reinstall Windows 7.

Very glad to have it back on my PC.

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Yeah, I know that screen savers have, more or less, passed into antiquity, but here is how I use them. Periodically, I change the screensaver to show a folder or two from My Pictures. And, occasionally, as I gaze at my "wonderful" photos, I see one pass by, and I say to myself, "hey, that's a good shot. I need to pull that one up and work on it a bit, and make it better." I am not particularly worried about resources. I do use a power scheme that does turn off the computer after a bit of time passes. Anyway, just thought I might put in a good word for screensaver use. I don't pull any off of the internet however. None are as good and as interesting to me as my own photos.

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

gotta agree with Hard Water #52- I have yet to get a flatscreen monitor save on a laptop- and even there something to remind me if I get sidetracked and reduce the glare until I return is useful for the time between 'bored display' and 'display off'.

I usually have 4 systems up 24/7 doing something from jukebox/LAN monitor, media server, to folding with the GPU, and the only one that usually gets the power button pushed is my wife's.

different people, different needs.

Reply   |   Comment by goodgotd  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

If you still use screensavers, you'll like this one. It makes your desktop look like one of the scenes from Hell in the movie Constantine. The effect is very realistically done.

Reply   |   Comment by n0+4c|u3  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I've been using screensavers for a number of years and, now that I have my computer set up in my living room (tied into my stereo and LCD TV) it's nice to have an active slideshow of all of my photos in the centerpiece of my living room.

As for the comment someone made about saving the planet... Modern computers are pretty energy efficient. I set my computer to switch to screensaver in 5 minutes of idle time - and then to turn off the displays after an hour or so of idle time. Waking my computer up takes mere seconds - cold booting my computer, with all of the drives that I have in my tower, takes several minutes.

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

To those who flame screensavers, or say they are useless and are no longer needed. - I beg to disagree. I run screensavers for the chill factor. I usually have at least two computers running at any one time. I find the presence of a screensaver is a pleasant distraction from the usually boring GUI's of various programs.

They may get a large negative vote, but we are still talking thousands of downloads. Just because YOU don't like them, it's no reason for the giveaway team to stop posting them.

The only negative thing I would say is that some screensavers, especially from the likes of Astro-Gemini need updating to use the latest graphic techniques. Some of the screensavers that are still being sold have 3D graphics from the stone age (in computing terms) and should be updated to take advantage of the near photo realism that the latest graphic games such as Battlefield 3 will bring to us later this year.

Thank you to Laconic Software and the giveaway team for bringing another screensaver to us.

Reply   |   Comment by Hard Water  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I normally like screensavers. Unfortunately looks less like a fire and more like a heat wave effect. Which is the last thing I want to look at THIS time of year.

Reply   |   Comment by GeekGurl  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

I use the same kind of screensaver on linux (the free one of course), and it's a hoot. Why should Windoze users be left out in the cold? (sorry)

Reply   |   Comment by Col. Panek  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Today's GOTD, Fantastic Flame Screensaver, is an update to a cool app given away earlier on GOTD. Installation is *slightly* unusual for this more-or-less portable app -- the screensaver file [fanflame.scr] is copied to C:\Windows rather than the system sub-folder, & bass247.dll is copied to but not registered in the system folder. The app itself [Fantastic Flame Screensaver.exe, in the program's folder] is identical to fanflame.scr, while bass247.dll worked just as well in testing after being moved to that same program folder. Running ""Fantastic Flame Screensaver.exe" c" brings up a rather nice configuration dialog, & changes are saved in an .ini file under User App/Application Data [Roaming in 7]. It's hard to say how much graphics or CPU horsepower Fantastic Flame Screensaver uses -- what looks like your screen is a snapshot -- but when I stopped it the graph in Task Mgr. showed a approx. 50% peak for 1 out of 4 cores using an AMD quad. GPU-Z's default graphing isn't that precise, & there I could just barely see any bumps -- I'd guess it used between 3-6 % of the GPU... none of the other GPU-Z graphs showed any change [from idle] that I could see. Registry changes amount to an uninstall key.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Creative, but not what I would call "Fantastic". I have to agree with the first post's last comment... $19.95?? Not gunna happen, my friends.

I'd recommend they go to a donation system on this or even a trial version with a creative/funny intermittent nag message. A burning "Nag nag NAG $2 dolla!!". (Think about dropping price with Mobile phone app prices) They would probably make more $ and get more exposure. .02

So, not for me, but still installed. It is only 20k and might be fun the next time your stoned. Give it a go and see if you like it.

Reply   |   Comment by ElectricMessiah  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Wide Support!
although it is perfect as is, I would recommend adding wide-screen support for regular images (either stretching or auto-detect widescreen support)

I worked like a charm on my desktop, but on my laptop screen was chopped on both sides! wasn't as pleasing to the eye as the desktop.

Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Dr. Olaimi  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

I agree with 2.

I've always been afraid to download screen savers from here because people always vote them down so much, but I decided to give this one a try. And guess what? I like it. I have a 1680x1050 monitor and the graphics on this suit me just fine. I can understand some of the other screen savers looking stretched or something, but this one just applies a fire-like effect to a screenshot of your desktop, so there's no image to stretch.

I'm not sure if I'll keep using this just because I like the slideshow I had as my old screensaver, but it's definitely entertaining and does what it says it does. Only...I had to turn the sound down (which you can do in the settings). I like my screen savers to be fairly silent.

A glitch I'm having, however, is that when the screen saver starts up, everything on my desktop disappears and the screen saver only runs on a snapshot of my background wallpaper. When I run the program manually (which you have the option to do) it runs fine, with a snapshot of my whole desktop, windows and icons and all. Not sure what's up with that.

Reply   |   Comment by 0ard  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I am not a screensaver user anymore, I did however use this program for some time and it is the only screensaver I actually liked. Lots of options and caused me no problems. It annoys me when people comment about things they have never used or have no use for but I liked this when I used it so I feel the product deserves a comment, as i said I am not a screensaver fan but this is a good one!

Reply   |   Comment by James Hudson  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

There is a freeware screensaver available that sounds identical to this one on cnet.com. Admittedly it doesn't sound as if it has as many options as this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Z  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I have a relatively new monitor. I've never used a screensaver thinking they were no longer necessary, But I now see my screen already exhibiting burn-in from my desktop layout - so screensavers still serve a purpose imho. But I don't like this one. Where does one find a safe-site choice of others?

Reply   |   Comment by rroberto  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I'm not much into screen savers but I must tell you this is one I like although I would make a couple of changes: (1) I agree with the recommendation listed above to have it grow slowly etc. That change alone would make it worth the $20. (2) Add a program bonus that would allow the buyer to add this to any part, any item, or all of the objects, text, or pictures on a web site and/or blog. Can you picture an offer to respond to your blog posting and then have the link burst into flame at the end of the time allowed. The possibilities are endless.

Anyway, it is just a thought. Thanks for the screen saver.

Reply   |   Comment by Marty  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thanks giveawayoftheday the screensaver is really cool there are many setting options and the best part is that it does not conflict with Fences from Stardock.

My screen is on fire:)

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Decided to give it a try based on some of the comments. Not really doing back flips over it but gave it a thumbs up to counter the stupid people who gave it a thumbs down just because it's a screen saver. Don't forget about all the good stuff we get from GAOTD and also remember they have feelings too and those thumbs down hurt so think before you click.

Reply   |   Comment by Dibean  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I worried about how much CPU usage this screensaver would consume but upon monitoring it, it uses 1-2% tops.

Reply   |   Comment by Chompion  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

i have been using this one for months. if speaking about screensavers this is it. more than a screensaver. sometimes i enjoy watching my assignments on fire.

Reply   |   Comment by tolga  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Last time I got this, most everyone comments on my screen save this on it cool. people alwys ask me what screen saver it is and where I can get it.
This is the only screen save that I run if I RUN a screen saver.

Reply   |   Comment by Koji  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

adding to my previous comment...I looked at the screenies again and tbh the flaming heart looks more impressive...except it's a desktop gadget. But that is more of an appearance of actual flames. Work that into the styles you've created, imo. :) I don't go with gadgets because of cpu usage, but i wouldn't mind that as a screensaver.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeania  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Why do people thumbs down good suggestions/comments? I'll never understand some people ^^ I personally am not interested in downloading it, not that I don't like screensavers but this one has a few lacking features according to description/screenshots. I agree with 13 on the fire effects, and also with 15 about the graphics..referring to the background effects it shows.. but also the fire effects on the screenshots aren't very impressive, it's mainly more of a glow which I can't imagine would be all that difficult...some of the designs (the different color effects) look nice but it really needs more of a flame effect to look like flames :/ Someone was mentioning the music too..is there a ability to change the sound?

Reply   |   Comment by Jeania  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

For those saying screensavers are archaic from the CRT days when burn in was a problem, for My HTPC screensavers are required. While Plasma is a superior picture when calibrated than LCD or LED HD TVs, they are subject to screen burn in. There are many videophiles with PLasmas today. Mine is a 58" Panny. Screensavers are still necessary for some applications using a plasma screen. This one sounds great especially for a living room.

Reply   |   Comment by Derek  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

What version is this? The reason I ask is because I got this from GAOTD at last offering some time ago. My version is 7.20. Oh yea, it is a good screensaver. It is worth the download! Like anything else tho, even a good thing gets old.

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Twenty bucks for a screen saver - that no one at home should ever use. (save the planet you people. If you are not working on the computer switch it off). Downloaded it to see what a screen saver was.

Reply   |   Comment by Corek  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

I forgot to mention that another powerful FREE Screensaver maker with advanced features is also INSTANT STORM:


Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

The most thing i don't like about screen saver is that it consumes a lot of computer resource, CPU, RAM, but this screen saver is small and good enough to keep the resource low but still sastisfy the quality of images and effect. Definitely a thumb up for me. Thanks a lot GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Jigsaw  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

LOL, this is an interesting program and you can use it for sometime and fun. Thoiugh I don't use screen saves, even the inbuilt ones, I am going to use it for few days until I get bored. :) Thanks GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Boing Boing  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I have had this for some time now and I have to admit it is really very nice. I do know that sreen savers are like a thing of the past but this one will just set fire to your desktop, which is different than a screen saver. The many configurations make it really great. These days I think $19.99 isn't that much for this program. Times are hard but let's face it, 20 bucks don't do much these days. This is worth it.

Reply   |   Comment by roblou  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

why is it not matter how I change the setting, it only show ugly red color flame!!

Reply   |   Comment by old_old_7  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

For me personally, I don't find use for a screensaver (especially at the high price they are offering), but reading the comments, I see that some enjoy them, so I hope they like it. Just be careful if you go to the publishers web site, as it has a poor WOT rating. Some of the comments were not good, and in fact, a few comments stated problems with their computers once they removed the program from their computers. Handle download with care.

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