Theme Thursday – Tha Shag

Theme Thursday – Tha Shag

May 5, 2011

I was born just late enough to miss most of the 70s, but not soon enough to miss some of the leftovers of that decade. Of course, when your parents don’t have a lot of money, they tend to hang on to whatever came with the house, and that included deep-pile, shag carpeting. I fondly remember spending long afternoons in front of our 26-inch, RCA console television, playing Atari 2600 video games on the floor, comfortably nestled in the greenish-yellow shag carpeting of our living room. Ahh, the good ol’ days.

That’s why, in the name of nostalgia, we’re going to take a trip back with this week’s Theme Thursday – Tha Shag.

If you don’t know the drill by now, Theme Thursday is when we highlight themes for ADW Launcher, a free, highly customizable home replacement for Android.

The idea behind Tha Shag is to cover your Android device in wall-to-wall retro. While there is a free version, for US$2.99, you get a graphically enhanced action bar, additional dock styles and over 540 custom icons. You also get 8 gaudy wallpapers that feature various scenes — from a plush, shaggy Android to rainbows, stripes and, the coup de grace of old-school home decor, wood wall panelling. Oh. yeah; this theme goes there.

On the negative side, a few common icons seem to be absent. However, the author of this theme is more than willing to create them for you if you send him an email. Other than that, only one of the wallpapers really complements the icons; the rest sort of stick out.

If you’d like to take a test spin, try the free version. Otherwise, go straight for the US$2.99 version and get the deluxe icon set. Just don’t run too fast or you’ll risk getting rug burn. Shag is all fun and games until someone gets hurt, baby.

Dale Culp
Dale Culp has been writing about video games in print and on the web for the better part of the last 10 years. From the Atari 2600 to the Xbox 360 and beyond, he's covered just about everything. You'll find his work in places such as,,, and even
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