There is something oddly fascinating about flags, even if you do not consider yourself to be particularly patriotic. While you may not be willing or able to purchase and fly an actual flag, this screen saver offers an interesting alternative.
3D Realistic Flag Screen Saver includes over 230 national or historical flags for you to choose from, and it displays a realistic animation of them waving in the wind right on your desktop.
Pretty much every current country flag is included in this screen saver, as well as several historical ones such as the Confederate flag and the Jolly Roger.
The quality of the renderings is acceptable, but the textures are a bit disappointing. Also, while the screen saver offers support for widescreen monitors, the flags are stretched in this situation, which is less than ideal.
The flags are displayed on a flagpole, waving in the wind, and you can choose between a distant and a near view. Additionally, you can enable or disable the simulated gravity to change the behavior of the flag, make it transparent and include a helpful label.
Moreover, it is possible to change the speed and direction of the wind, disable the default wind sound or alter its volume, as well as choose from one of the available backgrounds or insert your own.
Furthermore, experienced users may wish to try fine-tuning the advanced rendering settings. You can select your desired renderer, change the quality of the textures, enable the FPS indicator and even have the screen saver display a clock.
All in all, 3D Realistic Flag Screen Saver does exactly what its name suggests, providing you with numerous realistic animated flags that can serve as your screen saver. The quality of the renderings is not that impressive, however, and they are not displayed correctly on widescreen monitors.