DescriptionYou'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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|One of my guilty little pleasures.||Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1517)|
|More shock value than anything else.||Stijn Daneels (85)|
|An atrocious waste of time - it's not even offensive.||Rick Jones (108)|
|The screams of the damned||Horny-Bullant (56)|
|Mega Score||Nov, 1997||93 out of 100||93|
|Reset||Nov, 1997||9 out of 10||90|
|Absolute Games (AG.ru)||Apr 21, 2005||90 out of 100||90|
|7Wolf Magazine||Nov 15, 1998||8.5 out of 10||85|
|Electric Games||1998||83 out of 100||83|
|Shooterplanet||Mar 04, 2007||81 out of 100||81|
|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|
|GameSpot||Oct 17, 1997||6.6 out of 10||66|
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AdvertisementIn 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!"
Android releaseThe Postal release for Android was rejected by Google Play due to "gratuitous violence". The reason for rejecting became an age-rating system which was added in Google Play in March, 2015.
In April, 2015 RWS, Inc. released the Android version of Postal on Amazon App Store.
ControversyThis 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 versionThe 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 indexOn 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.
GraphicsMany 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.
Source CodeOn December 28, 2016 the source code of Postal was released to the public under the GPL2 license. It can be downloaded here.
Information also contributed by Adam Baratz, Blood, Chentzilla, Jason Musgrave, Xoleras and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe
Related Web Sites
- Postal Nation (Running with Scissors Postal news site)