Wallpaper Engine allows you to set live wallpapers as a background on your desktop.
If you’re looking to create a perfect gaming setup, having a decent wallpaper is mandatory.
On Wallpaper Engine, you can download thousands of user-created wallpapers.
You can also create your own wallpaper and share it on the Steam Workshop.
There are thousands of wallpapers on Wallpaper Engine, and it’s easy to be spoiled for choice.
Hence, in this guide, I’ve curated the top 20 best, cool, aesthetic, and 4K wallpaper engine wallpapers.
Feel free to subscribe to any of these wallpapers by clicking on the link below each one.
Here’s the best wallpaper engine wallpapers in 2021:
1. Cyberpunk Samurai
The “Cyberpunk Samurai” wallpaper showcases puppet warp animations and HDR.
While using the wallpaper, make sure to turn on the “post-processing” option to “Ultra” to see the HDR effect.
In addition, make sure you’ve updated Wallpaper Engine to the latest version before you use it.
If you’re into sci-fi, fantasy, and cyberpunk, this wallpaper is perfect for you.
2. Wonderful Place [4K]
“Wonderful Place” is a 4K wallpaper encompassing a mountain landscape with a starry sky.
The art also showcases a person standing on a cliff staring at the landscape, which elicits tranquility.
The original art is by “kvacm” on Deviant Art whose work focuses on sci-fi, fantasy, mountains, and more.
The wallpaper is shared on Wallpaper Engine as a live, parallax wallpaper.
3. The Drive by VISUALDON
Relax and unwind with “The Drive by VISUALDON”, a 4K, 60 FPS wallpaper.
Visualdon is a visual artist known for his space, cars, and city loops.
This wallpaper is a retro-style loop that is a tribute to the song Resonance by HOME.
The song has a nostalgic groove, which is great for listening in a car—that the wallpaper portrays.
4. Night Landscape [4K]
The original artwork is by Aenami, a digital artist who focuses on romance and landscapes.
“Night Landscape” portrays a couple staring at the night sky.
It showcases the beauty of the crescent moon and the tranquil waters.
It also reminds us to appreciate the beauty of mother earth, and to do that with your loved one makes life incredibly fulfilling.
5. Endless Memories
The beauty of Japan lies in its culture, traditions, and nature.
The original wallpaper, “Lone Samurai” depicts a Samurai standing on top of a rock while staring at a cherry blossom tree.
There are multiple features in this live wallpaper.
Firstly, the tree has a slight movement and the sakura is orange in color, which can be toggled.
There’s also a slight light pulse and a slight movement of the black ribbon of the samurai.
Lastly, the fog is moving in the background of the wallpaper.
6. Street Japan – Night
The art is from VN “Love, Money, Rock ‘n’ Roll” by ArseniXC.
Similar to the wallpaper above, this wallpaper is about Japan.
The streets of Japan are aesthetic, which the wallpaper aims to portray.
If you’re into aesthetic and chill wallpapers, “Street Japan – Night” will fit your criteria.
7. HITMAN 3: Chongqing in 4K
In Hitman 3, Chongqing is a city in China that encompasses neon lights, busy cafes, and small shops.
These shops are crammed into tight streets, with a ton of secrets off the main path.
This wallpaper is highly rated on the Wallpaper Engine workshop with over 250 5-star ratings.
It showcases the flickering neon lights and the drops of rain creating puddles of on the ground.
8. Night City Streets – Cyberpunk 2077
Have a tour through the night city of Cyberpunk 2077 from a street-view perspective.
The city of Cyberpunk is incredibly futuristic with skyscrapers, colorful lights, and flying cars.
The animations on this wallpaper are intricate, which explains the high file size of it.
If you’re a sci-fi enthusiast, this is a wallpaper that you shouldn’t miss out on.
9. BMW M4 NIGHT RAIN
Car wallpapers are really popular on Wallpaper Engine.
One of them is the “BMW M4 NIGHT RAIN” wallpaper by “Dome Cinematics”.
It showcases a BMW M4 vehicle with a rain animation.
The wallpaper has a late-night vibe to it—for people who love chilling in the night.
10. Stars fall
Planets, an astronaut, and shooting stars make up the “Stars fall” wallpaper.
The wallpaper is a loop of a rotating planet and a shooting star.
The ratings of this wallpaper are astronomical (no pun intended) with over 1,200 5-star ratings.
For the sci-fi fans—you need to try this out at least once.
11. The Last One
“The Last One” is a landscape art by Josef Bartoň, a freelance space/scenery artist.
The wallpaper has multiple options such as enabling or disabling the parallax effect.
You can also choose to enable or disable the red light.
Overall, a great wallpaper to use if your gaming setup’s theme is red.
For minimalists, you don’t want to miss out on this wallpaper.
“Minimalism” showcases mountains, water, and a red sun.
The wallpaper’s style is clean, and it elicits calmness from the movement of the water.
This wallpaper is great for working and relaxing to music.
13. Halo Infinite
Are you a Halo fan reading this article?
“Halo Infinite” is a day and night cycle created using the screenshots from Halo Infinite’s February 2021 development update.
The wallpaper has a day and night cycle, which means that the wallpaper will transition from day to night.
If you’re a Halo fan, this wallpaper is perfect for you.
14. The Mandalorian: Snowstorm
This wallpaper is an animation of “The Mandalorian concept art by Nick Gindraux”.
It showcases The Mandalorian walking in a snowstorm.
The live wallpaper includes an animation of the snowstorm, which can be seen falling behind the character.
If you’re looking for a simple wallpaper with a snow-falling animation, this one is for you.
15. Floating In Space by VISUALDON
“Floating In Space” is another live wallpaper by Visualdon.
In this wallpaper, an astronaut can be seen floating in an ocean.
This is one of the highest-rated wallpapers on Wallpaper Engine with about 2,000 5-star ratings and multiple awards.
It expresses the depth of the oceans below and the vastness of space above—two entirely different concepts morphed into one.
16. Lofi Cafe
Are you looking for a cute and aesthetic live wallpaper to use?
Lofi cafe depicts a small café in Japan which includes a couple of animations.
Firstly, the animation of rain falling emphasizes the coziness of the café.
Secondly, the neon lights flicker and light up the café’s surroundings which evokes an aesthetic vibe.
17. Inn Sight [4K]
Inn Sight is a 4k wallpaper with animated sky lanterns.
A sky lantern is a mini hot air balloon popular in Taiwan where people write their wishes on it and release it in the sky, hoping that they’ll be fulfilled.
The animation showcases sky lanterns drifting away in the night sky.
The original artwork is by Ismail Inceoglu on Art Station.
18. Retro room
“Retro room” displays a room with posters, an old television, and an old computer.
The animations on the wallpaper include the television static and the light coming from the computer screen.
It also has an animation of the light coming from a lamp and a lava lamp.
This wallpaper is great for the night as it isn’t glaring.
19. Sergey Vasnev – Northern Landscape
The original artwork is by Sergey Vasnev, a freelance CG artist.
The artwork is brought to life by the snow animation.
With the snow animation and the white-blue landscape, the wallpaper will make you feel like you’re in freezing temperatures.
You can change the snow animation’s intervals in the user properties.
20. Mafia Definitive Edition Menu 4K (Audio Responsive)
Last but not least, the “Mafia Definitive Edition Menu 4K” wallpaper by STRmods.
The wallpaper is based on the main menu of the game, “Mafia Definitive Edition”.
The artist added audio-reactive lighting and rain effects outside the window.
As a finishing touch, there’s a cigar smoke animation.
This is one of the more intricate live wallpapers on Wallpaper Engine that you shouldn’t miss out on.
In this article, you’ve seen 20 of the best Wallpaper Engine wallpapers (in no particular order).
The categories include aesthetic, sci-fi, fantasy, chill, landscape, space, gaming, and more.
Is there a wallpaper that I missed out on?
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