Variety is the spice of life and I like things with more than just a little zing. Pass the hot sauce and pickled ginger? Here are 10 tested and true — your mileage may vary — free screensavers that look great and play well with OS X Lion.
I read the occasional comic, but don’t consider myself a fan. However, 01. Fresh Comics (download, image above) feeds my inner teen voyeur and does it for free, delivering a constantly updated stream of comicbook covers.
Whether you’re looking for Bat Man’s eye popping pectorals or simply to fetishize Lady Death, this is the taste you’ve been seeking. Or, go entirely G rated — turn on/off adult themed titles in preferences.
02. X-Galaxy, X-Vortex — Here’s a twofer that matches OS X Lion’s Galaxy themed default desktop. Very trippy, very free (see also: System 47: An LCARS screensaver)
03. LotsaSnow (download) — Simple and beautiful with the caveat that it won’t populate a second monitor with flakes (see also: Get the SnowFall for Snow Leopard)
04. Electric Sheep (download) — What do androids dream of? Perhaps they dream of collaboratively created fractal animations. Join the community or just sit back and enjoy.
05. Mister Hankey (download) — If it’s potty humor you want, it’s potty humor you shall have. Mister Hankey bounces jauntily around your screen, leaving his “mark” wherever he lands — viva la South Park!
If water is beautiful and calming, then 06. LotsaWater (download) is going to be orders of magnitude more soothing. An extremely cool screensaver with nifty physics that are easy to get lost in, you can use it as is but adding a custom background image really completes the picture, providing proper contrast.
07. XScreenSaver (download) — This is a massive old school collection of classic Unix, Linux and even Apple ][ screensavers — some beautiful, some not so much.
08. Kaleidosaver (download) — A very simple, line-based kaleidoscope style screensaver. Tip: In options, tick the rotate mirrors + fade out options.
09. iPhoto gridSaver (download) — Fills your Mac’s screen(s) with a constantly updating grid of photos populated from iPhoto.
10. Chemical Burn (download) — A simulation of a self-organizing transportation network, colorfully displayed with just enough chaos mixed in to keep it interesting.