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Postal

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
69
1.5
Windows
68
2.7
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Description

You've just gone off the deep end, and in your deeply demented mind, you've decided that this little peaceful town no longer needs peace and quiet. You gather your arsenal as you plan your next move...

"Postal" is best described as a three-quarter view isometric shooter with a disturbing theme. Instead of shooting at demons, monsters, bad guys and terrorists, your targets are typical citizens like a high school marching band, ordinary pedestrians, and even Santa Claus! You are provided with an arsenal of diverse weapons to choose from, ranging from good old fashioned guns to flame throwers.

Screenshots

Postal Windows Marching band under fire
Postal Windows The town
Postal Windows The beginning...
Postal Windows Dead bodies everywhere

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User Reviews

One of my guilty little pleasures. Windows Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1519)
An atrocious waste of time - it's not even offensive. Windows Rick Jones (108)
The screams of the damned Windows Horny-Bullant (56)

The Press Says

Mega Score Windows Nov, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Reset Windows Nov, 1997 9 out of 10 90
Electric Games Windows 1998 83 out of 100 83
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 80 out of 100 80
GameGenie Windows 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Windows Jan, 1998 71 out of 100 71
GameSpot Windows Oct 17, 1997 6.6 out of 10 66
JeuxMac.com Macintosh May, 2003 3 out of 5 60
Génération 4 Windows Dec, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30

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Trivia

Advertisement

In an advertising video for the game, as the main character throws a molotov cocktail into the middle of a marching band, a voice-over says; "They're out to get you... or are they? It doesn't matter!"

Controversy

This game received a lot of attention since it was released at the height of the media's crusades on violence in gaming. It was banned in over ten countries, including Australia, and the developer was allegedly sued by the US Postal Service for misappropriating the term "postal".

European version

The European release misses the executions and the "Elementary School" sequence. An official uncut patch was released by Running With Scissors on their website http://www.gopostal.com/ (under the name "Euro Violence")

German index

On June 30, 1998, Postal was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Graphics

Many people think that the game characters are sprites, but they are, in fact, flat-textured polygon models put into hand-drawn landscape. This becomes obvious if one tries to repaint them in the editor.

Information also contributed by Adam Baratz, Blood, Chentzilla, Jason Musgrave, Xoleras and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe

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