“The game every gamer wanted… and no one else dared to make”
November 14, 1997
Windows / Mac / Linux / Android
Ripcord Games (POSTAL)
Micromouse (Super POSTAL)
Welcome to Paradise… Arizona. They’re out to get you. Or are they? It doesn’t matter. You don’t have time to think, only time to kill.
Take control of The Postal Dude in his infamous first outing! POSTAL is an isometric shooter filled to the brim with fast-paced explosive action. Blast, maim and fire-bomb your way through 17 unsuspecting locales, from a small town to a heavily guarded military complex. Don’t get too crazy – this killing spree is anything but senseless. Out here, strategy is key and the locals are packin’
- Blast your way through 16 levels, plus an ending level! Beginning from your humble Home, eliminate hostiles in areas from the Trailer Park to the City all the way to the Air Force Base. All of which play over beautiful hand-painted backgrounds.
- 9 devastating weapons: Defend yourself with varied tools of mayhem. Take aim with the Scatter Gun! Clear out rooms with Grenades, Mines, and the almighty Napalm Launcher! Whip out Heatseeker Rockets for those big groups!
- Wide range of foes: Defend yourself from Molotov-tossing Grenadiers, gun-toting Infantryman, rocket-firing Heavy-Weapons Experts (don’t forget to duck!), and angry Ostriches! Non-stop, guns-blazing, adrenaline-fueled action!
- Newly updated with a slick twin-stick control scheme, making the carnage that much more fun, on Steam and Android devices.
POSTAL is released to the unsuspecting public. The hate mail was instant and almost more vicious than the game itself.
POSTAL is banned in 14 countries and blacklisted in America.
A Japanese-exclusive release, called Super POSTAL is released with Japanese vocal dub and two exclusive levels – Tokyo and Osaka.
RWS release a Chrismas patch with an exploding present-tossing Santa – along with a contingent of reindeer – into the game.
POSTAL: Special Delivery, an expansion pack for POSTAL, is released. It would be bundled with all official releases of POSTAL from now on.
POSTAL and Special Delivery get bundled together in a retail compilation titled POSTAL Plus.
POSTAL Plus is bundled together with POSTAL 2 Demo and a POSTAL 2 bumper sticker, and released as POSTAL: Classic and Uncut.
POSTAL is released on GOG as POSTAL: Classic and Uncut.
POSTAL gets released on Steam, along with many updates to fix problems on newer hardware and improvements to sound quality.
POSTAL is ported to Android phones, and released on the Amazon Appstore, after being denied release by Google‘s Play Store. This release gives players a dual-stick control scheme, allowing independent movement and aiming.
The Steam version of POSTAL is updated with a similar control scheme to the Android version, allowing players to play the game as a twin-stick shooter with their keyboards or controllers.
POSTAL is finally made open source, and thus its source code is released to the public. A Dreamcast port is formally requested of the community, by RWS.
Press & Awards
- “[..]the fact remains that Postal has upped the ante as far as what is accepted in the mainstream gaming world.”
- – “Postal Review“, by GameRevolution, June 5, 2004
- “It’s irreverent and gruesome to say the least, not to mention a little disturbing.“
- – “Postal Review“, by Gamespot, Oct 17, 1997
- “Going Postal, Bloody computer game’s gun-toting character angers mail carriers”
- – San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, Nov. 10, 1997
- “Violent computer game sparks call for censorship”
- – The Sunday Times (London), October 5, 1997
- “Furore on violent game”
- – Herald Sun (Australia), Wednesday, Oct 1, 1997
- “Call It Lethal Delivery”
- – Newsweek, Sept. 22, 1997
- “Blood on the Net: Computer Gamers See Red”
- – The Wall Street Journal, Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997
- “‘Postal’ game goes gory, Computer ‘dude’ massacres citizens, commits suicide”
- – The Arizona Republic, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1997
- “Postal puts players in a blood lust, Ultra-violent video game’s demo is ultra-popular”
- – The Tribune, Sunday, Aug. 31, 1997
- “Tucson firm’s mega-violent Postal a big hit”
- – The Arizona Daily Star, Monday, July 9, 1997
- 2010, GAMERANX.com – #25 Top 25 Goriest Games of All Time – POSTAL
- 2007 Games Radar, Top Ten Banned Games, POSTAL #1
- 2006 PC World, The 10 Worst Games of All Time, Runners-Up – POSTAL
- 2004 PC Zone (UK), POSTAL rated #5, The 50 Most Controversial Games Ever
- 2002, PC GAMER, POSTAL rated #2 Most Controversial Game of All Time
- 1998, Software Publishers Association: Excellence in Packaging – POSTAL
- 1998, Academy of Interactive Sciences: Best Use of Audio Nominee – POSTAL
- 1998, Academy of Interactive Sciences: Best Soundtrack Nominee – POSTAL
- 1997, E3 Best of Show: Gold Medal – POSTAL
- 1997, All About Games magazine, Silver Medal, Arcade – POSTAL
- 1997, Entermedia: Editor’s Choice Award – POSTAL
- 1997, Washington Post: Golden Fez Award – POSTAL
- 1997, Game of the Month.com: Game of the Month Award – POSTAL
- 1997, Game Genies: Granted Wish Award – POSTAL
Developed by Running With Scissors
David De Gasperis
Visual Effects Programming
3D Engine, Blitters and Alpha Effects
Character Logic, Navigation and Weapons
Player Logic, Particle Effects and User Interface
Shell, Networking and Mac Version
RSPiX Library Programming
Background Design and Layout
David De Gasperis
David De Gasperis
Cutscene Design and Art
The Pain Killer
The Pain Killer
Music and Ambient Sound Design
Christian A. Salyer
Additional Sound Effects
Douglas M. Levy
Absolute Quality, Inc.
Ryan C. Gordon