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Postal

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Postal
Postal cover
Developers
Running With Scissors
macOS (OS X) Ryan C. Gordon
Linux Ryan C. Gordon
Publishers
Retail Ripcord Games
Steam Running With Scissors
Release dates
Windows November 14, 1997
Mac OS (Classic) November 14, 1997
Linux October 30, 2001
macOS (OS X) March 21, 2013
Postal guide at StrategyWiki
Postal at Wikipedia
Postal
Postal 1997
Postal 2 2003
Postal III 2011
Postal Redux 2016

Key points

Released as Going Postal in Europe.
Re-released with several updates to make the game run better on modern systems.
Game's source code was released, available here.

General information

Postal Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Regular or Postal Plus
Windows
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
Running With Scissors advises against purchasing the GOG.com version.[1]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Version differences[edit]

The European retail version of the base game has enemy executions and the elementary school cutscene at the end of the game removed.
Super POSTAL (the Japanese version) adds two new levels, in addition to Special Delivery (Tokyo & Osaka). Some regard this release as an expansion however it was actually a full version of the Postal game. A guide to adding the extra two levels to the Steam version can be found here.
Postal Plus (Postal: Classic and Uncut in Europe) includes the Special Delivery expansion.
The Fudge Pack, Postal X: 10th Anniversary edition, and Postal XX are compilation packs that include Postal Plus, Postal 2 and several of Postal 2's most popular mods and its main expansion. Some later versions also include Steam keys for the digital version.
The Steam version includes additional updates which allow for running a game in window mode and widescreen resolutions. Developer is also planning on updating this version of the game further.[2]

The Santa Patch[edit]

Alternative, official Christmas theme for the game.
Compatible with modern versions of Postal.[3]
Apply the mod[5]
  1. Download the mod from Running With Scissors website (under "old stuff").[4]
  2. Open santa.exe and press the Setup button.
  3. When you get the directory menu, click Browse and go to <path-to-game>. Select the Postal folder and confirm.
  4. Press the X-mas button.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Special Delivery Adds four new levels (EZ Mart, Shanty Town, Earthquake and La Palamino Resort)
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

NOTE: Postal Plus.ini for later Windows releases.

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Postal.ini
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/PostalPlus/

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/PostalPlus/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Postal runs natively in 640x480 resolution and there is no option in a menu to change resolution. However, it's possible to enable upscaling in the Steam version[citation needed] to any resolution desired. Unfortunately, game only allows for 4:3 resolutions and it's going to use letterbox for widescreen resolutions. Developer is planning on making a patch to allow playing in widescreen resolutions.

Running Steam version of Postal in custom resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to the Steam Library and right click on POSTAL.
  2. From a menu, choose Properties.
  3. Go to General tab and press Set Launch Options...
  4. In a text box type in: --glframebufferobject --resolution 1024x768.
  5. Change the resolution values, if you want.
  6. Click OK and launch the game.

Windowed[edit]

It's possible to run either OS X or Linux versions of the game in Window mode. Also Steam version allows to run a game in Window Mode. To run it in Window mode, either press Alt+ Enter or add --windowed to launch parameters.[6]

Input settings[edit]

In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

WASD controles are weird/unintuitive[edit]

Edit controles[7][8]
  1. Map TURN LEFT to Mouse move left and map TURN RIGHT to mouse move right. Set tap degrees to 0.
  2. Map forward, back, left and right to WASD like you normally would, but also map A and D to Strafe (You will notice there are two spaces for binding the "Strafe" command).

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Russian
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Spanish
Fan translation, download.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16
Online play
16

Connection types

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

Mods[edit]

Hotmail - a mod for POSTAL that adds the signature mechanic from Superhot.
A Day in Paradise - Fan made total conversion of sorts; changes enemies and story but maintains the same levels.
Beta Construction Site - A conversion of the original beta level of the game for the full version. A separate version for the Steam release is available here.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, NT 4.0 98, 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 95 MB 400 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8
Processor (CPU) 90 MHz 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04 or equivalent
Processor (CPU) 90 MHz 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) No 3D acceleration required

References