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Top 5 Animated Screensavers for Windows

Last updated on February 12, 2020

‘‘We've compiled 5 best screensavers that will bring awesome animated images and effects to your desktop’’

Written by Dora

Screensavers may feel like something from the good old days when they were required to prevent your monitor from screen burn. However, today you can still find amazing solutions that will bring fascinating images to your screen and turn it into a virtual aquarium, space porthole, or fireplace. No matter whether you’re looking for something nostalgic or a stunning image accompanied by music and sounds, we offer you a compilation of screensavers worth trying.

Trial limitations
Limited to a single species of fish
Nag screen after 90 seconds
30 days
Nag screen after 90 seconds
Nag screen, most effects are inactive
Special features
Feed fishes, add as many inhabitants as you want and adjust their size
Syncs with your computer clock, tweakable resolution and gamma levels, high-texture mode
Change the animation and cloud movement speed and adjust the graphics details
Simulate hot air streams, various styles of the fireplace
Multiple effects, adjustable brightness and desktop icon transparency
Allows you to use your own music
Comes with built-in sounds
Adjustable volume
Windows 10,7, Vista, XP
Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000, ME, 98
Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP
Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000, Me, 98
Windows 10, 8, 7

The Dream Aquarium screensaver creates a virtual aquarium on the desktop of your computer. It includes multiple species of fish swimming around the tank and a fiddler crab chasing them. All underwater inhabitants have moving fins, eyes, and mouths. You can specify the number of fishes in the tank and tweak their size in the settings. The screensaver runs on Windows 10, 7, Vista, and XP and offers a trial version that allows you to view only one species of fish. The license costs $19.95.

  • Various underwater inhabitants
  • Accompanied by sounds
  • Includes 27 fish species
  • No information about fish species
  • Lacks interaction with fishes
Dream Aquarium

Mechanical Clock 3D Screensaver places an animated 18th-century Swiss clock on your desktop. The program allows synchronizing the clock in the image with your computer clock. You can adjust the resolution and gamma levels of the picture and turn on and off a high-texture quality. The screensaver comes with tick-tock and chimes sounds and allows you to adjust the volume. Moreover, you can add your own music in MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, WAV, FLAC, and other formats. It is available for Windows 10, 7, Vista, XP, 2000, ME, 98 and offers a trial version that starts to show a nag screen after 90 seconds of use. The full version can be purchased for $9.99.

  • Synchronizes with your computer clock
  • Comes with built-in sounds
  • Allows you to adjust multiple parameters
  • Supports various audio formats
  • Comes with a nag screen
  • Replaces the screensavers you chose before the activation
Mechanical Clock 3D Screensaver

Earth 3D Screensaver shows an animated image of the Earth on your desktop. It allows you to view sunrises and sunsets, oceans, moving clouds, the lights of night cities and the Moon. Tweak various settings to change the resolution of the screensaver, customize the animation and cloud movement speed, turn the music on and off and adjust the volume as well as the graphics details. Use the trial version of the screensaver for 30 days. Then, if you decide to continue using it, pay $9.95. The program runs on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.

  • Tweaks various animation parameters
  • Realistic 3D graphics
  • Allows you to view sunsets and sunrises
  • Accompanied by music
  • No option to use your own music
  • Displays a pop-up screen in the trial version
  • Doesn't display time or date
Solar System - Earth 3D Screensaver

Fireplace 3D Screensaver will turn your computer screen into a virtual fireplace with hot air effects and crackling noises. You can change the styles of the fireplace, add your own audio files to accompany the animated image and adjust the volume of the built-in sounds and selected music. In addition, you can customize the resolution and aspect ratio parameters and enable or disable texture quality. Fireplace 3D Screensaver runs on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. The trial version comes with a nag screen and the license costs $9.99.

  • Includes various effects
  • Allows you to use your own music
  • Various fireplace styles
  • Doesn't display time or date
  • Shows a nag screen after 90 seconds
Fireplace 3D Screensaver

Watery Desktop 3D allows adding various water effects to your desktop image. You can choose from such animated water effects as light and heavy rain, wavelets, moderate and heavy waves, or swirling and intersecting ripples. Apply selected effects to clicks, adjust the water movement speed and light intensity and set waves and render the output quality. The Watery Desktop 3D screensaver offers a trial version with a limited number of effects, while the license can be bought for $2.35. The program is available for Windows 10, 8, and 7.

  • Comes with several effects
  • Tweakable background brightness
  • Allows you to adjust the parameters of various effects
  • The trial version displays a reminder to register in large red letters
  • Most effects require purchasing
  • No sounds
Watery Desktop 3D

We've compiled this collection of marvelous screensavers and hope that you will try some of them to beautify your computer's screen. We find that the most notable and the most original screensaver is Dream Aquarium. It allows you to fill your virtual tank with multiple fish species, change their size and even feed them.

If you know other great screensavers, please share your recommendations and we will add them to our comparison list.