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ScreenPlay Pong

By Impact Software Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 16, 2009

ScreenPlay Pong performs double duty as a screensaver and a video game. Users with a nostalgic streak for long-forgotten video technology will love this primitive combination.

The program's interface is thankfully just as bare bones as the actual imagery onscreen. Users set up their screensaver much like any other, by navigating a small bank of radio buttons that control timing and color. We did not see a Help file, but this program is so basic, it didn't concern us. When working, the screensaver looks like the old video game Pong. A simple ball bounces among the screen's four walls and battles against a bar that acts as a ping-pong paddle, attempting to keep the ball in play. Setting up the screensaver is simple, as controls allow for 5, 15, and 30 minutes of idle time before functioning. In addition, by managing a few button clicks, users can colorize the game and turn off the autoplay option, so they can use their arrow keys to play the computer in a game. The program's finest and only special feature is its ability to preview what the screensaver will look like once it is activated.

With incredibly simple controls and excellent results, this freeware program is a great download for someone looking for a nostalgic screensaver.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.02

This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added June 21, 2007
Version 2.02

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/Vista


Total Downloads 2,078
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Developer's Description

This is a simple screensaver that will keep you from becoming bored, either by watching the computer play itself or by joining in on the action and playing against your computer, you are sure to enjoy great entertainment from this classic game. Random colored paddles and ball are an option, or sticking with classic black and white will work. Also settings of 5, 10, 30, or custom idle times can be set. This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.