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Postal (Windows)

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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.

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Postal Windows Wooden houses+fire -> Postal Dude Sr.'s paradise
Postal Windows Main menu
Postal Windows Periphery
Postal Windows Explosion.... esplosions are everywhere!

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User Reviews

One of my guilty little pleasures. Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1519) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
An atrocious waste of time - it's not even offensive. Rick Jones (108) 1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars
The screams of the damned Horny-Bullant (56) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

The Press Says

Mega Score Nov, 1997 93 out of 100 93
Reset Nov, 1997 9 out of 10 90
Electric Games 1998 83 out of 100 83
Shooterplanet Mar 04, 2007 81 out of 100 81
GameGenie 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 1997 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Jan, 1998 71 out of 100 71
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B- 67
PC Jeux Dec, 1997 62 out of 100 62
Génération 4 Dec, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50

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Trivia

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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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Kasey Chang (3654) added Postal (Windows) on Jan 06, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Yearman (18351)