The Pixel Fleet live wallpaper gives you a reason to visit your home screen besides switching between apps. There's a war being waged out there, and you get a front row seat. Lasers will be fired, lives will be lost, and explosions will brighten the sky. There's a lot of entertainment here for a download that looks like a game and smells like a game, but isn't.

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Pixel Fleet pits two factions against each other. The ships will fly around your home screen, firing at will until they each succumb to enemy fire or crumble under the weight of your own double-tap. Each ship is guided by its own artificial intelligence, meaning no two engagements will be the same. This isn't a pre-scripted animation, so no matter how much time you waste staring at your home screen, you will always have a reason to keep doing so.

Pixel Fleet comes in both free and paid variants. The lite version of the app offers three ships, with one coming from each faction. The paid version doubles the number of ships and introduces dynamically generated backgrounds complete with planets, asteroids, moons, and more. If you want to know who's winning the war, the paid version keeps score and monitors a whole host of stats tracking the behavior of each faction. There is quite a bit of value for a live wallpaper that costs the usual 99 cents.

There's no shortage of live wallpapers available for Android, but the pixels that Pixel Fleet sprays across your home screen are some of the most engaging we've seen yet. If you aren't put off by the retro artwork, download the app below and let the war begin.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Loren Cogar

    Coolest live wallpaper I have seen yet! I usually dont use em but i am downloading this now!

  • Jeremiah Rice

    Those oblong ships are definitely Battlestars.

  • Manny Subia

    ......just purchased this and it's pretty RAD!!......Makes me giggle whenever I look at it hahaa

  • nsnsmj

    Amazing. Definitely buying this.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

    It's alright, but the controls suck

    • http://www.facebook.com/nbstewart Nicole Stewart

      There aren't any controls...it's a live wallpaper...

      • Jamey Jensen


        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I loled.

          • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson


      • Emil Simunovic

        Actually it is. Description say "Take control of a ship's fate by double-tapping to destroy it."

        • http://www.facebook.com/nbstewart Nicole Stewart

          So you can double-tap the screen to blow up a ship, but that's all. The rest is just meant for you to sit back and enjoy. :)

  • Raymond Berger

    And this isn't a game because?....

  • Eric Jones

    Sweet LWP! Thanks AP for bringing it to my attention. Funny comment in the settings, it says "follow me on Twitter #andyoucanannoymewithstupidhashtags".

  • umataro42

    Bought the full version (at 99 cents it's a steal!) and it looks like my Aquarium Live Wallpaper has some competition. Maybe I'll switch back and forth every week or 2.