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Postal Classic
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Developer(s) Running With Scissors
Publisher(s) Ripcord Games
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS
Release date(s) November 14, 1997
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: M (Mature)
PEGI: 18+
Media CD-ROM
System requirements see System requirements
Input methods Keyboard

Postal is a computer game made by Running With Scissors and published by Ripcord Games in 1997. In 2003 there was a sequel, Postal². Director Uwe Boll has bought the movie rights for the series, and has produced a film of the same name.

General information

Postal is a 3D shooter with mainly isometric, but also some top-down levels featuring hand-painted backgrounds. Gameplay and interface are similar to first-person shooters of the time in most, but not all counts:

  • Movement is always relative to the orientation of the player character ("Postal Dude"). The player therefore must always be aware of the direction the character is facing, which can be difficult on the isometric maps.
  • There are eight weapon slots, each with a fixed amount of maximum ammo. The default weapon is a weak machine gun with unlimited ammo.
  • Contrary to first-person shooters, however, the goal is not just to stay alive and reach the next level, but to kill a given percentage of the armed NPCs on the map. Only then the exit to the next level is activated.

There is no plot as such. The presence of a moving van on the first level suggests that the Postal Dude has been evicted from his home and is therefore "going postal", but no background story evolves during the game.

An add-on to the game called Special Delivery was made in 1998 which featured four new levels (department store, shanty town, earthquake zone and vacation resort), new characters, new sounds, new modes of play (co-op and a refined deathmatch). Original and add-on were released together as Postal Plus in 2001 and ported to Linux by Loki Software.

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Postal Dude, Jr. also known as the postal dude is the main character in the video game series Postal as well as the film Postal. Due to his violent nature, Postal Dude is regarded as one of the most controversial video game characters.[1] In the games he was voiced by voice actor Rick Hunter. Zack Ward portrays the character in the film.



The games reveal small tidbits about the Postal Dude. He is a resident of a trailer park in the fictional town of Paradise, Arizona. He is a Roman Catholic, enjoys reading for pleasure, has a deceased father whom he hated, and he is active in politics (two tasks involve passing out a petition and voting in a local election). He is unemployed, having been terminated from his job at Running With Scissors, Inc. for unspecified reasons. His only family are his live-in girlfriend (identified only as "Postal Dude's Bitch") and his "Uncle Dave," implied to be David Koresh.

Vince Desi, head of Postal creators Running With Scissors indicated in an interview that the character's actions are completely down to the player. There is the option of non violence if the player chooses. The character's personality is such that if the player chooses to play the video game violently, it's appropriate.[2]


When designing the game Postal in 1995, Art Director Randy Briley designed Postal Dude as a dark, brooding character to match the design style of the game. It was intended from the start that the character had no back story at all so to give the player the ability to impose whatever back story or personality onto the character they desired.[3]

Postal² was released in 2003 as a fully 3D first person shooter. The increased graphics capability allowed for Postal Dude to be presented in more detail. The final design for the character (visible in mirrors and some pre-rendered third-person sequences) was completed in 2001 by art director Josh Leichliter. Another difference from the first game in the series is that Postal Dude spoke. He is voiced by Rick Hunter. Hunter returned for the expansion pack Apocalypse Weekend which was released in 2005 and included some small redesigns of Postal Dude.[3]

The Postal Dude returns as the main character in Postal III where the character has moved to a new town. Vince Desi describes the character as "like Clint Eastwood," in that he wants to mind his own business but people won't leave him alone.[4]

Film depiction

Zack Ward portrays Postal Dude in Postal. Ward describes the character as somebody who just wanted to be liked and accepted. Ward said that he did not base his performance as Postal Dude on the video game renditions as he never played them, but on the script.


In 2006 after the shooting in a college by Kimveer Gill in Canada, Postal Dude was singled out as a character Gill identified with. In his blog Gill expressed admiration for Postal Dude, saying that "Postal dude was sad before he became angry and psychotic, that's the part we're never seen in the game. He was normal, but the world made him the way he became." Postal² was singled out as one of Gill's favourite games.[5]


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