Screen Antics Johnny Castaway Screen Saver

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Johnny Castaway is a screensaver released in 1992 by Sierra On-Line/Dynamix, and marketed under the Screen Antics brand as "the world's first story-telling screen saver".

The screensaver depicts a man, Johnny Castaway, 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 fishes, builds sand castles, and jogs on a regular basis, other events are seen less frequently, such as a mermaid or Lilliputian pirates coming to the island, or a seagull swooping down to steal his shorts while he is bathing. Much like the castaways of Gilligan's Island, Johnny repeatedly comes close to being rescued, but ultimately remains on the island as a result of various unfortunate accidents.

"Johnny Castaway" includes Easter eggs for a number of United States holidays such as Halloween, Christmas and Independence Day. During these holidays, the scenes are played out as usual except for some detail representing that holiday or event. During the last week of the year, for example, the palm tree will sport a "Happy New Year" banner, and on Halloween a jack-o'-lantern can be seen in the sand. The screensaver can be manipulated into showing these features by adjusting the computer clock to correspond with the date of the event.

The Johnny Castaway screensaver was distributed on a 3½-inch floppy disk and required a computer with a 386SX processor and Windows 3.1 as its operating system. Today, it is widely available on the internet, but as it relies on outdated 16-bit software components, it will only work on 32-bit versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system, which still support 16-bit applications, although workarounds exist for getting the screensaver to run on Windows 64-bit, Mac OS X and Linux.

Application Details:

Version: 1992
License: Free to use and share
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.0-rc6

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What works

Just install it with setup.exe

SCRANTIC.SCR is found in c:/windows and you can rename it to SCRANTIC.EXE and run it with Wine.

What does not

It's an old screensaver from Windows. Today we not use screensavers more.

But Johnny Castaway will live forever :-)


I place an shortway on my desktop to Johnny Castaway and change the icon.

What was not tested

Nothing speciel. Just using it.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Unknown
  • Driver: unknown

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 18.10 "Cosmic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jan 13 20194.0-rc6Yes Yes YesGoldKim Jørgensen 

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