CNET Editors' review
What happens when you combine a high-quality 3D screensaver, social media and games, and environmental activism? You get TheBlu, that's what. TheBlu is something new, an interactive 3D app specifically tied to a social cause, protecting the oceans. TheBlu's realistic underwater world is relaxing and soothing but also educational, and making purchases to add to it supports oceanic conservation, according to Wemo Media. You can dive right in simply by downloading the free screensaver. TheBlu 3D Ocean Screensaver is far more than any screensaver we've yet seen, though, with an interactive display, social connections like chat, and Facebook integration. While it's not a game, it's fun to play around with, and it incorporates lots of game elements. You can adopt fish species by earning points for following different fish or by purchasing more fish, with a percentage going to support conservation. But you don't have to buy anything to support TheBlu and its cause: simply download and use its free screensaver to see what it's all about.
While TheBlu 3D Ocean Screensaver was loading (it says it's "diving") we created a free account with TheBlu, though you can also sign in via Facebook. You don't have to wait for your screensaver to kick in, either; you can dive into TheBlu at any time by clicking its desktop shortcut. TheBlu's simulation is one of the most realistic underwater views we've seen, thanks no doubt to the participation of many talented individuals known to TheBlu's community as Makers. Accurately rendered fish and sea life began to appear. We could follow the motion and behavior of individual fish. By clicking a number of times and following three different fish, we were able to use our earned points to adopt a species. We quickly realized TheBlu's advantage as a learning tool since it made it fun to learn about the different kinds of fish swimming around our desktop.
Every time the experts predict the demise of the screensaver, someone manages to reinvent it. TheBlu 3D Ocean Screensaver proves the point: it's cool, it's fun, and it benefits a good cause. Plenty of fish in the sea? Let's hope so. TheBlu's goal is to keep it that way.
From Wemo Media:
Inspired by the Oceans, theBlu is a socially-connected, global interactive app. Each time you participate, your interactions and connections impact the flow of life in theBlu and everyone's experience of it. TheBlu is created and curated Academy Award-winning leaders and world-class artists and developers - we call them Makers. Each time you purchase beautiful species and habitats to add to the globally-connected Ocean, you support oceanic conservation. Once you install theBlu app, you can: Explore and experience a beautiful online 3D underwater world as easily as browsing the Web. Connect and interact with your friends via Facebook and go diving together in theBlu. Have fun learning about the Oceans because theBlu is both entertaining and educational. Support oceanic conservation each time you purchase 3D species and habitat art work.
What's new in this version: Version 2.4.5 features backend fixes to address choppiness that some users were experiencing.
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All versions:4.8 stars
out of 34 votes
Current version:3.0 stars
out of 2 votes
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"Emotional program - smiles and tears"
Version: TheBlu 3D Ocean Screensaver 2.4.5
Nothing bad to say at all! I don't know what it is about this program but for some reason it will leave you feeling like you have found your best friend over and over again.
If the creator could do one thing - make it so that you can socialize with everyone! Or at least find the person on Facebook.
Otherwise, an awesome program that everyone should have!
"So much added crap on download didn't bother installing"
Version: TheBlu 3D Ocean Screensaver 2.4.5
Don't know any since I nixed the install after the download pissed me off.
Win Patrol made me aware of several programs being added to my machine that I did not want. I hate that. Screw this screen=saver/crap installer.
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