Living Worlds – Mark Ferrari

4.7
393 reviews
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Everyone
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About this app

** Includes live wallpaper! **

This Living Worlds app is a modern recreation of a set of dynamic pixel art scenes first published in the early 90s as part of an "illustrated personal organizer" named Seize the Day, and seen as screenshots across the Internet since then. These scenes were created by Mark Ferrari, legendary artist from such classic games as Loom and The Secret of Monkey Island as well as the recent Thimbleweed Park. Now, 25 years later, Ian Gilman, the original software developer, has resurrected the Living Worlds, with Mark's support and additional code from Joseph Huckaby. There may be copycats, but this is the only authentic version from the original creators!

This release of the app contains all twelve of the original scenes in their full glory. The sun rises and falls in real time, storms pass through, flowers bloom, the moon and stars cross the sky. Smaller details like chimney smoke and animal footprints come and go. The image "lives" throughout the day, drawing you in, suggesting stories, and rewarding quiet observation.

This year we're adding ambient soundscapes to the scenes to enhance them further; one scene per month, starting with January.

Join us for this 25th anniversary celebration of these unique artworks!
Updated on
Jul 24, 2022

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4.7
393 reviews
mark johnson
July 28, 2022
Beautiful animated pixel art! I've been using this app for animated wallpapers for a few years now. I would rate at 5 stars if it didn't have a specific issue. I have to re set the app as my background each morning as it seems to crash overnight. (I'm using a Pixel 6). If this ever gets fixed it's an immediate 5 star review. Gorgeous art and it's still being updated with new features like ambient sounds!
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Adam Schueller
July 7, 2022
Gorgeous retro pixel art from one of the masters of the craft! I really like the option to show the color palette so you can see how the rotating color assignments produce the illusion of motion - very cool detail. And the wallpaper auto-switching every hour keeps things fresh. Only one issue keeps this from being a 5-star review - the live wallpaper breaks pretty much daily (even on alt mode), showing default wallpaper 😢 You have to switch off and back to this app to get it working again.
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Matt Kirk
July 9, 2022
I've loved these landscapes since first discovering them over a decade ago. The pixel art is simply breathtaking, and I love that I can use them as a live wallpaper. At least once a day, the wallpaper resets to my phone's default, and I have to go back into the app and set it back to Living Worlds. Small price to pay for such a wonderful app.
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What's new

* August sounds!