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September 4th, 2000

Whatever happened to Berkeley Systems?

You remember Berkeley Systems, don’t you? They made After Dark, the first wildly popular commercial screensaver. AD was created in a time before Windows 95 made screensavers truly integrated, and it was created with flair. Who could forget the Flying Toasters? Lawnmower Man? The Simpsons version of AD?

Apparently, everyone. AD fell by the wayside as Berkeley hit it big with a little Jellyvision program you might’ve heard of called You Don’t Know Jack. Jack turned out to be the future of the company, and as the 123 different versions of Jack can attest to, it’s been profitable. Oddly enough, Jack was similar to AD in that it was a bit of a prelude to what was coming down the pipe: online gaming.

Berkeley’s embraced that, too; the game network Bezerk was one of the first commercially successful net gaming sites. But they outsourced that to last year. So what’s left at Berkeley? Not much. While you can still buy AD, why? It doesn’t work on Win 2000 or Mac OS 9, and as their FAQ points out, upgrading software is cost prohibitive. There are dozens of free screensavers out there. And you can still get Jack, but who doesn’t have it already?

The interesting part of the whole story is that Berkeley was bought out by Sierra – formerly Sierra On-Line – which also used to be a highly profitable company. Now, Sierra is but a shell of its former self because it didn’t keep up with the times. Berkeley, whether under the Sierra umbrella or not, succumbed to the same fate. -pm

Posted in Technology

RedSpy August 29, 2006, 1:58 am

Great to see you guys have the Ping back up so soon! I, for one, would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work, and for giving us a place to rant and rave about Berkeley Systems and After Dark. Hats off and many hearty back-slaps to you, gentlemen.

Tiger-Heli August 31, 2006, 6:12 pm

Just wanted to let everyone know that my site has moved yet again to a more secure host:

C Little August 31, 2006, 9:46 pm

I have a copy of 3.1 Windows After Dark on floppy. I’ve loaded it on every computer I’ve owned since 1993. Lunatic Fringe runs on my XP under DOS, tho the high processor speed makes it a bit jumpy sometimes. It’s still fun anyway.

ThyPentacle September 11, 2006, 8:20 pm

NEW! Download my After Dark Suite all at once! Includes two extra modules: Star Trek The ScreenSaver and Star Trek The Next Generation!

Ron F September 14, 2006, 2:01 pm

Is there a way to install Berkley’s Tweety and Sylvester screen saver on an XP computer? I used to have it on my Win 98 and my grandkids got a kick out of it. Ron

john September 15, 2006, 11:18 am

i have lost my code for triazzle. iam not sure if it is the rainforest version or not .could somebodie help please.

Lorna Maxwell September 16, 2006, 1:14 am

Acrophobia is leaving again!

RedSpy September 17, 2006, 10:28 pm

John, the Rainforest Edition is the only edition of Triazzle released for the PC, although they did numerous editions in board-game form. Here is the serial code for your version:


Make sure you write it down and save it. Enjoy!

Paperdos September 22, 2006, 9:37 am

Hi, would anyone be willing to sell some After Dark / Berkeley system products. I would like: X-Men, Snoopy, Screen Studio, Expresso, StarDate, Launchpad and After Dark 3.1 or 3.2, would pay a reasonable amount for these, plus shipping to the UK. Price would be dependent on condition eg. with box, sealed / not, new, used etc. (FOR WINDOWS ONLY).

Since Windows have stopped doing patches for Windows ’98, they’re not recommending anyone still use ’98 because of not getting updates / virus updates etc. So, for anyone that feels like it’s a waste of time having these, because they can’t run them anymore, i have a good home for them.
So, why not sell them & make use of the money to get something you do want.

Only people who are serious about selling please, e-mail me at

Thanks, look forward to hearing from you.

ThyPentacle September 24, 2006, 7:56 am

Got my After Dark for XP appz back up on a new server if anyone wants em. Free of course.

If you’re after AD 3.2 the version I modded for XP is available in the second download pack for NT systems.

Scroll down a bit on the first page and click the After Dark link on the bottom of the software list. Report any archive problems please.


PS: The host is going through some upgrades and may be down from time to time… this is a temp. condition.

Name September 24, 2006, 10:08 am

The owners of Berkeley Systems stole After Dark from the original author.

Then they started the far left liberal extremist group

MJL October 5, 2006, 11:56 pm

Looking for the Simpsons screensaver for After Dark (Win). Will post e-mail when positive response is posted.


ThyPentacle October 7, 2006, 8:48 pm

OK been through many free hosts and now think I found a stable one?? lol… we shall see…

After Dark for XP is in the ScreenSavers and FreeWare section

JAK October 21, 2006, 10:44 pm

Hey all, been looking over the forum I just happened to stumble upon, and I am looking for a certain afterdark product…but I dont know exactly which one i want/need. I am looking for the After Dark with the customizable Marbles screensaver, Rodger Dodger, and Rock Paper Scissors. I used to Play this/watch the screensavers at school back in the day, and just looking for it again. Is there a product with the screensavers and games (Rodger Dodger game and a few others) together or is one product After Dark Games and another poroduct for the screensavers??? Any help would be great, I am just looking for the names of the product that has all this in it, or maybe links/downloads to get it. Thanks A Ton!

Sister2brother October 27, 2006, 4:26 am

I didn’t even know that the company was no more. My brother wanted to see a screenshot of my desktop and Expresso is part of my desktop because I still use the program.

Boaz October 31, 2006, 10:57 pm

Since berzerk went down a lot of fans of their acrophobia acronym game were let down and had no where to play that game. So I’m posting to let y’all know that there’s a great new web acrophobia game called Acrowars at
Play the addicting acrophobia online!

Mike November 13, 2006, 7:31 pm

Hey guys, I’m wondering whether or not I’ve gone insane…

I’ve been looking over all these old Bezerk games like Acrophobia, Get the Picture, and YDKJ (online), but I seem to remember that my favourite of the bunch was called The Ziggurat or something like that, where everyone would pick an answer to a multiple choice question, and whoever picked the most popular answer would climb a dicerolled number of steps up the ziggurat.

Unfortunately, I can’t find ANYTHING about this game online, though Acro and GTP links abound. It was the best game of them all!

Am I nuts? Does anyone have any more info about it, or know if a new alternative is available?

Thanks a bunch!!

alisha November 15, 2006, 1:14 am

my parents both Worked for the company, growing up as a teen I had all the shirts, promotions etc and we stil own every game they made..crazy I know but the slide in the kitchen haha that was always fun…but not getting shocked on the way down…I remember when they closed that sucked so bad.

Paperdos November 23, 2006, 12:41 pm

Hi, just wondered, does anyone wish to sell Stardate, X-men / Snoopy? Or do you know of anyone that is looking to sell these? If so, could you let me know as i’m looking to purchase them.

Paperdos November 29, 2006, 10:56 pm

Hi, could anyone tell me if Berkeley Systems made The Ultimate After Dark for Windows and for Macintosh? I’ve seen the Macintosh version being sold on Ebay, but wondered if there was a Windows one. Thanks.
Also, i’m still looking to purchase Stardate, Launch Pad, X-Men & Snoopy.

Jasper December 20, 2006, 4:07 pm

Hi, I hope that i recieve an answer. I’m Looking for The Looney Tunes Screensaver of Berkeley System. My CD has broken so i don’t have it anymore :(.
Can somebody mail me a copy of this Screensaver? It will be awsome when somebody will do that!

CoinCollector January 3, 2007, 11:34 pm

A while back, someone by the name of pandora posted a get the Picture remake, Name the Picture.
I just went on there, and just last October, they released the beta version1 During beta, it’s free to play. I haven’t tried it yet, I hope there’s enough people playing it….the message boards only has 25 members….

Well, on one section of the website, there’s animated GIFs and a flash thing you can post wherever you want. It has the HTML code to do it. Help spread the word! get the Picture may be back!

CoinCollector January 6, 2007, 11:06 pm

Ok, I tried Name the Picture, and it’s very nice. Beautiful user-interface. But….there’s nobody on at ALL. I was all alone. The servers are still up, though. C’mon, we gotta’ spread the word. And hurry!

ThyPentacle January 8, 2007, 5:19 pm

Sorry to all those interested in my modded After Dark screensaver installers 3.2xp and 4.0+.

My free web host has been swamped and my 30 gigs of bandwidth is gone for the month already.

So my link above won’t work till the first of next month. (Feb. 1 2007)

That’s the price you pay for me not paying for hosting. 😉


Logan Garland January 10, 2007, 11:43 pm

You guys might want to try Its no Get the Picture but is basically the same gameplay. There is no file to download which is a plus. Just click my URL to goto it.

webfox January 15, 2007, 11:36 am

ThyPentacle –

I just picked up hosting for $22 for the -year- and I’m getting 2tb transfer/month. Oh, and they up your quota weekly by 16GB. Disk space too – starts at 200gb and up by 1g/week. It’s yummy.

It’s from Dreamhost – and use the promo code ‘YELLOWGORILLA’ ( found at )

Alternatively, I’m not using even 1/1000th of my bandwidth. Maybe I can mirror your stuff and tie into a coral cache.

Drop me a line and we can maybe figure something out. I really wanted to get the library of files from Red to offer up, but I sadly don’t have anything to offer him in return except the knowledge that he’d be sharing these classics with people who can’t find them anywhere else.

Waxman January 24, 2007, 3:12 am

Hello All,
I’m looking for the 3rd disk for the Berkeley Star Trek Screen Saver (Windows 1992). I’ve got 1 & 2 and the registration code, but I assume I need the 3rd one for it to operate. Any info would be appreciated. Please help me out.

RedSpy January 25, 2007, 5:59 pm

Waxman, the Windows version of Star Trek only had two discs. The MAC version had three discs. Hope this helps you out.

ansky02 February 7, 2007, 5:28 am

Hey, can someone send me The Simpsons afterdark screensaver?

ThyPentacle February 16, 2007, 9:00 am

OK my site is dead but here is the full After Dark Suite for all who want it…. fully XP ready…. includes ALL working original modules plus two extra addon ones (Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation)… and ALL After Dark versions available for any Windows OS.


ThyPentacle February 17, 2007, 3:24 pm

Sorry, fileho went kaput on me (someone reported file I think)… sooooo…


ansky02 February 23, 2007, 5:48 pm

Has anyone come across The Simpsons module?

araT March 20, 2007, 8:13 am

Wow, thanks so much ThyPentacle – is there any chance of a Vista port? When installing everything runs smoothly until it gets to writing data (after creating unistaller) – it gives the error: “Could not modify the Registry. (#5, Line 32)”



MobiusKlein April 11, 2007, 12:03 am

Hey, I used to work there, and haven’t seen any of this for ages.
Thanks for keeping the toast burnt.
(Did SlowBurn, amongst others. Word to Wutkee & Rat.)

Tholek May 14, 2007, 9:28 am

I would KILL to have STARRY SKYLINE with RAIN and LIGHTNING on my XP laptop! 😀

I only have an old version of After Dark on my old Powerbook 520C, but I occasionally boot the thing up just to remind myself how cool I thought that screensaver was. If there’s a way to have it in XP, please let me know. Maybe there’s a way it can be ported over? From what I see above, the only version aside from Mac that had it was 1.0 for DOS. I’m stunned it wasn’t in 4.0 or th 10th Anniversary.

Please let me know. 🙂

CoinCollector May 27, 2007, 5:35 pm

Tholek, what version would you like on your XP laptop?

Renstanford May 28, 2007, 7:08 am

…lost my CD with AfterDark Collection, sigh.
I still trying to search this

Tholek June 4, 2007, 8:33 am

“Tholek, what version would you like on your XP laptop?”

Any that will run on XP Pro AND has Starry Skyline (and hopefully the Rain module as well). Being able to run on Vista would be nice too, but I’m not asking for the world here. 😀

MadMax June 14, 2007, 3:15 pm

Wow, I hadn’t thought of After Dark for ages. I’d love to have a copy too. Starry Skyline and Nocturnes were my favorites. Bad dog and lawnmower man were good too. Can someone hook me up?

Zianna June 24, 2007, 10:24 pm

I tried downloading the latest Discordi and for the last few weeks it will not connect to the server. Says that it is down or something because of crazy happenings… Is it gone now too? Dicordi email doesn’t go through either. Did they close up shop?

Steven Todd Kaster June 25, 2007, 6:24 pm

I miss the old “Donald Duck Paints” screensaver. Someone should update it, and issue it in a form that is compatible with Windows Vista.

Paperdos July 6, 2007, 2:09 pm

Hi everyone. This could be a long shot but i’ll ask anyway. Does anyone have Berkeley Systems X-Men screen saver and Snoopy screen saver for sale?? Please e-mail me, thanks


Michael July 18, 2007, 7:59 pm

I think it is really amazing that this article is from September 2000. I would like to say that I had After Dark Starter Edition (Win3.1) and when my disk got damaged couldn’t find a new one for about ten years. I hate Sierra for dropping After Dark, and I would like to thank all of you for helping bring back After Dark.

The Flying Toasters Shall Never Die!!!

CoinCollector July 25, 2007, 8:39 pm

Yes, After Dark will be fully revived someday. Someday, someone will write a brand-new engine that can run the modules under newer OSs and we’ll be able to actually use them as screensavers again. It will happen, I’m sure.

Tholek July 26, 2007, 10:53 am

Not soon enough for me. I still want my starry skyline with rain. 🙂

Paperdos September 3, 2007, 5:17 am

Well folks, one more to find, The Snoopy Screen Saver, i really want to buy this asap, so if anyone is looking to sell theirs because they can no longer run it then i will pay to get it. Thanks. AD RULES!!

CoinCollector September 10, 2007, 11:18 pm

Yeah, I guess Snoopy is the only module we’re missing. But I’ve also heard talk of an Energizer Bunny one; was there ever one?

RedSpy September 17, 2007, 8:59 pm

There was, indeed, an Energizer Bunny screen saver. However, it was a stand-alone product, and does not run in After Dark engines.

After dark November 25, 2007, 1:01 pm

I have got a version (.ISO) for anyone that wants one, including Bad Dog, Daredevil dan, Stary Night, and many more

Included are: After Dark
After Dark 2.00
After Dark 3.00
More After Dark

A new exe is used (3.2) to make it work at vista and xp(i am running it on vista right now!

If you want a copy just leave a masage here

Greets, An afterdark Fan

RedSpy December 5, 2007, 5:22 pm

Greetings, everyone. If anyone wants the Snoopy Screen Saver, just drop me an e-mail and I’ll send it to you.

RedSpy December 25, 2007, 6:46 pm

Greetings, everyone, and Happy Holidays to everyone and your families. I just wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season going into the new year. Take care, and happy trading, everyone!

Sam January 5, 2008, 1:02 am

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Tara January 17, 2008, 2:13 am

“From: After dark
Date: 11.25.2007 08:01
I have got a version (.ISO) for anyone that wants one, including Bad Dog, Daredevil dan, Stary Night, and many more
Included are: After Dark
After Dark 2.00
After Dark 3.00
More After Dark
A new exe is used (3.2) to make it work at vista and xp(i am running it on vista right now!
If you want a copy just leave a masage here
Greets, An afterdark Fan”

I’d LOOOOOOOVE to get a copy, do you think you could email it to me at araT85gmailcom?

Thanks so much!!


Wendy Larkin January 20, 2008, 2:14 pm

I have Triazzle loaded on my machine, but BSIMIX.dll has gone missing. Can’t find it anywhere. Can anyone email it to me? Thanks

RedSpy January 23, 2008, 8:11 pm

Wendy, send me your e-mail address, and I’ll send you the file you need ( If you would like, I’ll send you the entire setup program, or just the .dll file you are missing. Just let me know. RedSpy

David January 24, 2008, 12:44 am

Hey there

Im keen to play lunatic fringe, an after dark module, but I don’t have it. I run XP. Is anyone able to help me out?

Bogdan January 28, 2008, 4:33 am


I have just installed Triazzle from the original CD onto my XP Pro system, and I’ve also received the BSIMIX.DLL and BSIMIX.INI missing error message. May I e-mail to receive the files as well, please?

RedSpy January 29, 2008, 12:31 am

Wendy, send me an e-mail whenever you like, and I’ll be happy to send you those two files. I just hope they will work for you. Strange that the original CD didn’t load them. I check my e-mail daily, so I will get back to you very soon. My e-mail is and I stand by to hear from you.


RedSpy January 29, 2008, 6:56 pm

Bogdan, feel free to e-mail me, and I’ll be happy to share the files with you, as well.


RedSpy January 30, 2008, 9:17 pm

Greetings, everyone. I have the complete line of After Dark products for Windows, so if anyone else is missing any files, drop me an e-mail ( and tell me what you are missing, and I’ll send you the files you need. Take care, and Happy Collecting!


After Dark Downloads February 2, 2008, 5:00 am

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Best After Dark Site on the WEB !!!

You Won’t Be Disappointed !!!

Shalom !!! :<)

After Dark Serial #'s February 2, 2008, 5:25 am

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You Won’t Be Disappointed !!!

Peace !!! :<)

RedSpy February 6, 2008, 5:59 am

Greetings, everyone. I have converted the 8-page Quick Reference Guide into a convenient .pdf file. If you would like a copy, drop me an e-mail ( and I’ll send it to you. Happy collecting!


RedSpy February 6, 2008, 6:27 am

I have determined that the following 3rd Party screen savers will run in the After Dark engines:

The Flintstones Collection
The Rocky & Bullwinkle Screen Saver Show
Jurassic Park – The Screen Saver
Opus & Bill Screen Saver

I have seen people here talking about the Energizer Bunny screen saver, as well. There was an Energizer Bunny screen saver (I have it), but unfortunately, it does not run in After Dark.

I also have a few other multimedia screen savers from the 90’s that won’t run in After Dark, but they are just cool –Twilight Zone, Terminator 2, Beavis & Butt-Head, South Park, etc.

If you would like to see the box art (front & back) for any of these screen saver programs, drop me an e-mail ( and I’ll send the scans to you.


After Dark Engine February 7, 2008, 7:28 pm

My Favorite After Dark Engine has got to be 3.01

Whenever I try the 3.2 Engine it screws up all my AD Modules.

I Love After Dark so much, one my computers still runs under

Windows For WorkGroups 3.11 Just so I can have a stable

Operating System so that AD can work and run flawlessly on.


Triazzle February 9, 2008, 5:09 pm

When loading Triazzle in Windows, the BSIMIX.DLL is load into the Windows/Systems directory. While the BSIMIX.INI is loaded into the Windows directory. The Game Triazzle From After Dark will not operate correctly without it’s Dynamic Library Link in it’s correct location, as well as it’s initialization File.


RedSpy February 28, 2008, 9:39 pm

Greetings, everyone. If you would like to see the original box art (front & back) to any of the After Dark specialty collections (Looney Tunes, Simpsons, Star Trek, etc.), just drop me an e-mail at and I will send scans to you. Happy trading and collecting!


NewBie March 23, 2008, 4:50 pm

Hi Everyone !!!

I went to and read the instructions and downloaded After Dark Screen Saver for my Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 computer.

I got most of the AD Modules to work. It’s really fun playing with those Screen Savers.

After Dark Star Trek TOS comes up, but only the sounder
module appears. All the others modules are in the file but, no modules appear on the 3.0 Engine. I tried the update module button, but it doesn’t seem to update or read those modules. Does anyone have any ideas ???

All the other modules work great !!! My favorites are Disney, Star Trek TNG, Looney Tunes and Totally Twisted !!!

Thank You for this Wonderful Forum !!!

Thanks to for his GREAT Web Page !!! Wonderful downloads !!!



andrewb April 9, 2008, 2:48 pm

There is a new version of acrophobia – at ** – every bit as fun and addicting as the original. And in active development with features continuously added.

Ruffié April 11, 2008, 8:52 am

Berkeley Systems made Lauch Pad. I don’t havthe adult password for this program so that I can go out. Thanks so much.

RedSpy April 21, 2008, 7:59 pm

Here is the password/serial number for Launch Pad:


I hope this helps you out.


RaViN2 April 25, 2008, 9:12 pm

I didnt read the entire thread here so forgive me if this serial has been posted already. I have whats called the “The Complete AfterDark” which was released on 08-24-94. It has a text file on the cd with a serial number of ADC-32659-7016. I hope this helps anyone who has been looking for it. It just sucks that i cant use it on XP/win 2000. Even after messing with compatibility settings in XP, it still wont budge. It was originally made for windows 3.1…or “Windows for Workgroups”; so it says. Was a cool program from what i can remember. Too bad i cant use it 🙁


James H

NewBie April 30, 2008, 2:11 am

Hey, if you want to have After Dark work in Windows XP SP2. Just go to:

I went there and followed the instructions and downloaded the files and it works !!! (Except Star Trek TOS)

Give that site a shot.



docdj July 12, 2008, 11:24 am

I have successfully installed the ST AD version 2.0b on my XP Pro system. All the modules work (starry night runs too fast becase it uses a loop instead of system timer). Right click on the AD.EXE file name in the folder where you installed it (I used C:\AFTERDRK – being a Win 3 program, it doesn’t like long path names and requires a folder name of 8 characters or less) and use these settings:
Compatibility: win 95
Leave the other boxes _unchecked_ or they will affect the rest of your system.
When it loads, go to Setup and put a check on SystemIQ Activity Monitor. Click the minimize button.

I DO get an error message at login that syas the system cannot load the 16-bit program. Just ignore it.

I have not tried any other settings iside ST AD. You can right-click the program name in the task bar to re-open the ccontrol panel.

Add the program to your Startup folder and it loads when you login. Set the timer and it will trip at the right time.
Press the ESC key to exit screensaver mode.


CirothUngol July 19, 2008, 5:22 pm

Hiya Guys!
Ciroth here, and I’m lookin’ to complete my After Dark Collection. Please leave a message right here if you have:

After Dark Midnight Collection
X-Men Screen Saver
Launch Pad Kid-Safe Desktop
Expresso (Date/Calendar Program)
StarDate (ST:TNG version of Expresso)
ScreenStudio for After Dark
Flintstones Collection (live-action Movie)
Jurassic Park – The Screen Saver

(from Asymetrix Entertainment)
Natural States Screen Saver Entertainment
Multimedia Screen Saver

(from Delrina(?)/Amaze!nc/Ant Software)
The Far Side Screen Saver Collection (1994)
The Dilbert Screen Saver Collection (1994)
Opus ‘n Bill On the Road Again Screen Saver

…or any other early to mid ’90s screensavers that were distinctly modular in nature, as I’m trying to assemble the Grand Motherload of After Dark Screensavers. I have the following to offer in return:

(1991-02-20) After Dark 1.00 (Floppy)
(1992-03-04) After Dark 2.0 (Floppy)
(1992-11-16) Star Trek The Screen saver 2.0b (Floppy)
(1993-04-08) After Dark 2.0c (Floppy)
(1993-06-26) More After Dark (Floppy)
(1993-10-06) Disney Collection Screen Savers, The 2.0d (Floppy)
(1993-12-13) Marvel Comics Screen Posters 2.0d (Floppy)
(1994-05-02) Star Trek Screen Posters 2.0e (Floppy)
(1994-07-11) After Dark 3.0 (Floppy)
(1994-08-02) Simpsons Screen Saver, The 3.01 (Floppy)
(1994-10-13) Snoopy’s Screen Savers (Floppy)
(1994-10-13) Star Trek The Next Generation Screen Saver 3.01 (Floppy)
(1995-03-28) Stephen Blickenstaff’s ScreamSavers 3.06 (Floppy)
(1994-04-11) Looney Tunes Screen Savers 3.06 (Floppy & CD)
(1995-07-27) After Dark 3.2 (CD)
(1995-08-08) Totally Twisted After Dark Screen Saver, The 3.2 (Floppy & CD)
(1995-08-25) Disney Collection Screen Savers, The 3.2 (CD)
(1996-09-13) After Dark Deluxe 4.0.0 (CD)
(1996-10-15) After Dark 4.0.1 (CD iso)
(1998-09-28) After Dark Games (CD)
(1999-07-29) After Dark 10th Anniversary Edition 4.0.0 (CD)

(1996-05-14) Still in the Dark (Dir)
(2001-05-23) No Longer Dark (Dir)

Before Light (CD iso)
H R Giger Screen Saver, The (Floppy img)
Pink Panther Screen Saver Entertainment, The (CD iso)
Rock & Bullwinkle Screen Saver Show, The (CD iso)
Tenchi-Muyo! Ryo-Ohki The Screen Saver (CD iso)

…as well as All of the You Don’t Know Jack PC Titles (that’s 14 or 15) and a huge plethora of other Console, Arcade, Classic PC and Abandonware titles.

Thanx! And remember, trades only Please.


bieda2 July 21, 2008, 9:47 pm

Hey guys,

Does anyone have the launchpad game they cud send me??
Or just screenshots or sounds??

It wud be great to have a go at the game again =]

Thanks a lot


MacLover August 22, 2008, 12:51 am

Does anyone have The Simpsons module for AfterDark?

I really miss them (my favorite was the Itchy and Scratchy one.)

Please put it on MegaUpload or something

Dale September 2, 2008, 6:58 pm

I have an old ThinkPad running Win3.1 and love the screensaver on it, which claims to be After Dark, but when I bought After Dark on a CD years ago, that one wasn’t included.

Does anyone know the name of this screensaver? It is a jungle scene, in which all the trees and animals are in black sillhouette, shown against a colored backdrop that changes to show different times of night. That is how I remember it, but I haven’t looked at it in some time.

The scene moves slowly across the screen from right to left, and as you watch, birds appear and flutter around, or there is a leopard up on a branch, or a boy walking across the scene, or monkeys jumping around in the trees.

The screensaver is so peaceful and relaxing that, I confess, I have been holding onto this otherwise useless, very old computer just so I can view the screensaver from time to time. How I would love for someone to recreate it or create something similar for WinXP! (Oh, ok, or for Vista, since I suppose that one day I’ll be forced to switch to that, but I don’t want to!)

nobody September 8, 2008, 7:35 pm

In answer to the above, the scene you are describing is from one of the disney After Dark packages featuring characters from the Jungle Book.

I can’t remember the package or the exact name of the module in question, but I’m reasonably sure it is found among those in the Disney package.

Hope this helps. As has been said above, there is a site where you can download the Disney package.

Jessica M September 22, 2008, 5:02 am

Hi! Just got AD 3.2 to run on Vista Home Basic (thanks to pent and TigerHeli!!!), but Starry Night and some other starry mods have big black vertical bars ruining the whole effect. Any clues as to what is going on?

steve November 5, 2008, 10:07 pm

Anyone found the AD Simpsons for PC.
Been looking everywhere.

lilguy December 15, 2008, 4:58 pm

I still have johnny castaway screensaver and it works with vista!!!

cat January 16, 2009, 7:54 am

I have searched for days for BSIMIX.DLL and/or Triazzle download. I came across this today. Would someone Please help me? My email is:

Many thanks, Cat

Tom January 30, 2009, 8:42 am

Hello people

I am searching for No longer dark collection. It was free collection of 45 after dark modules and all links are dead.
Please send me e-mail or write to this thread.

Thanks for help.

have found some AfterDark 3 modules on Emule

The Simpsons module is installable under XP with Windows 95 compatibility, one file
is corrupted, but the install continues and succeeds. You should not let owerwrite the system files.
The Scream module was little tricky. I used Windows 3.11 in dosbox and copied the folder Screams
to my Windows XP installation.
The modules are working very nice.


Guillermo February 1, 2009, 11:58 am

Damn! this thread has been going for a long time indeed. I remember when I first saw Sorcerer’s apprentice on a friends computer and I thought “Well, is this cool or what!”. I never got around to have this software and my first computer (the one I finally claim for my own use) had XP and I really already had forgotten everything about this little piece of software. Now I have Vista and I’m saddened to see it’s highly incompatible. Well, it’s true other software exists that better serves the pourpose, nevertheless I think it’s important to make it compatible with newer OSs so that at least from a graphical standpoint it endures forever (what I mean is to keep the video and eliminate interaction, dull as it may be). Unfortunately I lack the proggraming skills to do it myself. Hey, BTW, sorry for all gramatic and spelling errors within the post, I’m not a native speaker.

DarkLord February 1, 2009, 10:23 pm

Hello I have found the “No longer dark”(EADS) free collection of 45 After Dark screensavers. You can download them here:
Remember that you must have a copy of After Dark program.


neldamarie February 26, 2009, 5:00 am

well i guess i am not crazy, because i did not want to upgrade my computer if i could not use Expresso. Now I have and I use OS10.5 and I have never found a calendar since then that I want to use…tonight i thought I’d see if I could find something and I found this forum and I remembered Star Trek and well I totally agree with everyone. What a great company and we still want them! wow , not many companies can say that.

DarkLord March 31, 2009, 7:08 pm

Hello people. I installed after dark 4.0 on Windows 7. The Starry night module is functional but the other modules from 4.0 collection aren’t. They write only message “Unable to load selected module: \Windows\” at Starry night background.
Did someone managed to run them???

DarkLord April 5, 2009, 9:16 pm

Amazing After Dark 3.2 XP runs on Windows 7 beta !!!

DarkLord April 22, 2009, 8:37 pm

Wow. I have installed the Windows 7 build 7077 and AD 4.0 Plus runs like a charm :-).

A nice picture with Bad dog

Aanen April 24, 2009, 11:09 am

Razzle Dazzle Root Beer!

Tholek May 13, 2009, 8:21 am

I’m still here!

Can some one PLEASE provide a step by step on Vista 32-bit installation of 3.2 or any later version of AD that will run on Vista 32-bit and can run STARRY NIGHT/SKYLINE, RAIN/RAINSTORM (w/lightning) and possibly ZOT?

So far, I have found these sites:

The second would indicate 3.2 can run all those modules on XP, and the first site says that XP version can run on Vista, as a screenshot above would indicate. I cannot sucessfully install that version, however.

The original installer failed at 95%. Then I had to kill the process. I tried again, and when it happened, I went and ran the update.exe anyhow. That seemed to complete, but the failure of the original exe meant no program shortcut folder in start menu except for the tray icon in startup.

Even with that, after the reboot, with the program running, it won’t display the screensaver! Nothing happens when idle or when clicking demo.

This is all after running the install as-is and then with anti-virus off, in XP compatibility mode and as administrator.

Help! I want Starry Night and Rain (together) on my Vista PC!!!

I’m also leaving a similar comment at:

If you can help, please post to both. Thanks!

DarkLord May 15, 2009, 8:50 pm

TO: Tholek


I don’t know, if this helps, because I managed to run it in Windows 7 but
– UAC disabled
– I have used the preinstalled AD 3.2 XP collection from my previous posts
– I ran the setup with administrator privileges(full install into C:\AFTERDRK, write to the system files, no restart)
– I applied 3.2 update
– restart PC
– first or second time it throws an error, but then it will work

If you succeed, let us know.


Tholek June 25, 2009, 3:26 pm

Hi again.

Firstly, I forgot to say, but I did have UAC off during previous install attempts (disabled it a while ago), but things still did not work.

However, I just used the preinstalled version from the rapidshare folder above rather than the tigerheli versions, and IT WORKED! That is, except for SOUND! 🙁

The newer modules are fine. They have sound. Yet, from past experience, I know that the more basic Starry Night (or was it Starry Skyline then?) had crickets chirping, and Rainstorm has rain noise with lightning. At least it did on my old Mac Powerbook.

Right now I have 3.2XP running in MultiModule with Starry Night, Rainstorm and Zot! and there’s NO SOUND AT ALL. Additionally, I only added Zot! because lightning in Rainstorm DOES NOT WORK. It only flashes a white bar across the screen. I assume this is a symptom of issues with the modules being designed for an older system, since the rain is pretty fast now on a contemporary CPU and Vista.

Zot! is a poor replacement as the original Rainstorm lightning was far better with well-defined yellow forks that didn’t pass through or in front of buildings. (I tweaked Zot! transparency and it’s just not the same)

From what I’ve read, I’m guessing no, but I still have to ask: Is there a way to slow performance of old modules?

In the install info there’s references to buffers and the like, and I wonder if there’s some way to introduce some kind of lag that would slow them down. I’d like Rainstorm’s lightning back.

Also, and I know this is the least of my problems, Starry Night has no star quantity control that I see. The buildings look the same, but there’s too many stars, and the falling ones are too frequent. (Also, some are big and pass in front of some of the buildings. It looks like Armageddon!) Again, this may be a difference between STARRY NIGHT and STARRY SKYLINE if there is a difference at all, but I liked the more sedate bright Manhattan skyline with rain and the odd lightning strike.

Overall, I’m still very pleased with it working to this extent, and I appreciate the help.

Thanks again!

Alisha September 13, 2009, 5:58 am

wow, i sit here, and i rember berkley systems way back in the day….. we owned all the games. My dad worked for them the office was awesome …and yes the guy from you don’t know jack really shaved his head. They were bought out in 2000.

Paul November 23, 2009, 10:40 am

Do we have any ex Berkeley Systems people here? It was quite an experience – unlike any other place I’ve worked. Yes, there really was a circular slide to get from the second floor to the first. The idea was copied by Macromedia (the people who invented Flash before they became part of the Adobe family) when a lot of Berkeley Systems people ended up at Macromedia. There were a couple versions, but I was the original voice for Bad Dog.

Glenn Sugden March 1, 2010, 12:31 am

For what it’s worth, Star Wars Screen Entertainment used (a modified version of) the Intermission engine, and not After Dark.

::Glenn Sugden
(SWSE developer and designer)

SerraNicole July 24, 2010, 8:04 pm

I have After Dark for Windows 95 version 4.0, but cant get it to run on my windows vista PC. I still have the manual and regis number from when i bought it. i really liked the screensaver that was the foggy pc screen and a finger would come up and write in the foggy screen what ever txt you wanted. Does anyone know what I need to do to get this cd to workd on my pc? I also have an xp, and vista basic pc too.
thanks, Serrajn

DarkLord January 14, 2011, 7:48 am

Hi Serrajn,
you definitely need patched version, look for it in this thread, it worked on Windows 7 for me.

al February 6, 2011, 3:31 pm

I have the after dark CD. all the screen savers have ad ext. and are password encrypted. Anyone know the password I can use?????

Anne April 24, 2011, 10:03 am

After Dark should be rebuilt. If anybody has, or is interested in doing so, send me an e-mail. This is 11 years old. Wow.

shiyal May 31, 2011, 1:47 am

hi Anne i want the after dark can you give me that?

nelda August 4, 2011, 9:53 pm

I would give anything for that calendar..I kept Os8 for years just to keep the calendar for my staff c=scheduling..everything else sucks. Couldn’t someone update that?

Geoff Inman September 12, 2011, 8:22 pm

for all of you wondering about where to play the Old Bezerk (berkely systems) Games like Acrophobia, Carbon copy games has a New Clone. Check it out at Word has it that they are also in the works for other Berkely Systems clones.

Kathabrams November 12, 2011, 5:17 pm

I have the original disks for After Dark and More After Dark for Mac, System 7. Obviously, it’s long ago and far away since I could run it, but I still miss it. Is there a version anywhere that will run on Mac OSX (10.6.8)?

Ali December 3, 2011, 2:06 am

I’m slowly starting to regret my move to a 64 bit system . . . I sincerely doubt even patched AD will run on my Win7 . . . any advice at all? I miss my screensavers from back when I was a little runt, letting Zot! run all night long, because I loved that module so much

older, I got twisted, and I want to torture mimes again.
I may have to see if I can get an old junk laptop, throw 3.1 or 95 on it, just so I can run some AD

you can contact me at if you have a solution for me

JimmyJ December 30, 2011, 11:52 pm

I’m running Star Trek (AD2.0b) with sound and everything working on Windows 2000 SP4 using a VirtualBOX VM on top of a 64bit version of Mac OS 10.6.8. As it turns out, AfterDark version 2.0b is pretty rugged across various OSes. But on a modern Mac, the 16 color EGA graphics are a bit tiny/fuzzy. If there was no sound it would be annoying.

I’ve just upgraded to AD3.01 running Simpsons and installed it over the Star Trek install: Star Trek still works with sound, Simpsons works but with no sound. Between the AD2.0 and AD3.0, new developers took over and changed how the program accesses system devices. The Simpsons device driver ADW30.386, which includes sound, is a VXD that won’t run under NT/2000, from what I can find there’s no workaround, for Win2K at least. The Simpsons 256 color VGA graphics are very nice and make up a little for no sound.

The VirtualBOX VM is a great way to run a 32bit OS under a 64bit OS. The 3 main VMs won’t properly run a DOS/Windows environment such as Win3.1/DOS since they’re optimized for flat addressing. Some versions of VMs run Win98, but not optimally.

Apparently some folks have Win3.1 running under an older version of DOSBOX, but not the latest version. Both VirtualBOX and DOSBOX are free VMs but you still need the license and media for the client OS.

JimmyJ December 31, 2011, 8:36 pm

Here is an article from 2005 about tweaking AD4.0 (WinXP) and a discussion in comments about running various versions of AD, including some links (some are active, most aren’t).

Here is a webpage from Bill Stewart’s website (the co-author of AD1.0 and AD2.0 for Windows and Star Trek module) with some history and download links for the original Magic, and Magic2000.

The Star Trek screensaver is a fabulous program, and still stands up graphically and aurally on a new Mac (on Win2K under VirtualBOX VM). Some of the graphics are fuzzy, but many are crisp and show up well on a new Mac high res screen. The Star Trek design is so breathtaking that sentimental tolerance overcomes any shortcomings.

Both the Star Trek and Simpsons include the “Starry Night” saver, but with the timings of modern CPUs, the meteors are very fast. The timings are an issue with a few of the animations from both versions, but overall there’s no problem. Still, getting “Starry Night” to run on Mac OS 10.6.8 using a Windows VM has a nice irony since the AD for Mac won’t run on Intel Macs, apparently.

anthony March 2, 2012, 6:32 pm

Does anybody know why is down? it is the remake of cosmic conensus and i want to play this game again!!!.

auditri May 21, 2012, 6:13 am

I think a ‘new’ AfterDark would be a great project for a ‘Kickstarter’.

Carol July 25, 2012, 9:37 pm

I would also like to see a new afterdark because i think people would like more entertaining screensavers for their computers.

Justin August 3, 2013, 3:17 am

You no for over a decade as one of my fondest memories of the early computer days was playing flipside games especially virtual vegas. The format and hoyle style multiplayer actions was honestly regardless of old graffics to this blows any other gaming site. Take a break from vegas go over and play spades, hearts, chess and more.
Will they ever bring it back i would do and pay anything to bring it back. When the put that message “elvis has left thw building” it went downhill from there before you no it the whole flipside uproar and virtual vegas was finished. I dont understand how such a great idea killer concept for free and believe me all hours of the night the lobby was packed and there was always a full table to join in. Everyone was social they had funny quotes like “oh gnarly” and “pant…pant…pant” it was just all around just an awesome pass time. I havent found anything that even comes close to that concept.
Please enlighten me what the hell happend?? There was no recession money was pumping pretty steadily. Why did they let it go? Why didnt they charge id pay 3 times more then what i pay for these crappy apps nowadays. They had it all every game imaginable single player games you can win prizes in and private chats private tables a lobby EVERYTHING!
Is there any shot of that comming back?
Is there anybody out there that might have some demos or somethin that mabye I can pay a graffic designer to create a bigger and better version.
Email me cos i dont no if ill check back on this blog here. Just for the longest time wanna relive the most awesome memories of my early years.
Im suprised theres no Wikipedia article or anything.
Please enlighten me!

Paul January 19, 2016, 12:18 pm

And here is After Dark in CSS. Enjoy.

DarkLord February 10, 2016, 10:38 am


I’ve uploaded my collection of AfterDark stuff here:

OdieDog October 27, 2016, 8:26 pm

DarkLord, thank you sooo much for that link! I lost it last year and failed to find it again, earlier this year I found it! Thanks again! 😀
Also, even though the Daily Ping finished a LOONG time ago, this place is STILL being posted in! AWESOME! 😉

Odie Dog April 1, 2017, 3:25 am

I made a short article about After Dark on my site. Enjoy. (also has MANY links to download it from lol ;)).

Odie Dog April 1, 2017, 3:26 am

It’s NOT an april fools joke btw (really).

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