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Revision as of 00:59, 26 February 2024

This page is for the original Postal. For the 2016 remake, see Postal Redux.

Postal cover
Running With Scissors
macOS (OS X) Ryan C. Gordon[1]
Linux Loki Software[2]
Ripcord Games
Canada Softek International[3]
Japan MicroMouse[4]
Korea Shinsung[4]
Russia Akella
Europe Take-Two Interactive[5]
Classic and Uncut Whiptail Interactive[6]
Release dates
Windows September 24, 1997[8]
Mac OS (Classic) September 24, 1997[8]
Linux October 29, 2001[9]
macOS (OS X) July 26, 2005[1]
Metacritic 56
Monetization One-time game purchase, Freeware
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Dark, North America
Series Postal
Postal on HowLongToBeat
Postal on IGDB
Postal guide on StrategyWiki
Postal on MobyGames
Postal on Wikipedia
Postal 1997
Postal² 2003
Postal III 2011
Postal Redux 2016
Postal 4: No Regerts 2022
Postal: Brain Damaged 2022
Poostall Royale 2023


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Postal is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and isometric shooter game in the Postal series developed by Running With Scissors and published by Ripcord Games.

The game was released for Windows and Mac OS on September 24, 1997,[8] Linux on October 29, 2001,[9] and OS X on July 26, 2005.[1]

Postal first became available digitally via rental in November 2001.[10] The game then became downloadable via Running With Scissors' online store in November 2005,[11] followed by MacGameStore in November 2006,[12] GamersGate in October 2008,[13] in April 2009,[14] Direct2Drive in February 2011,[15] and Steam in March 2013.[16]

The game's Steam release was followed by updates that fixed various bugs, improved performance, and added widescreen support, modernized controls, higher-quality sound, and other enhancements.[17][18] Due to compatibility issues, multiplayer and the level editor were removed.[19]

In December 2016, Running With Scissors released the source code for Postal.[20] A community-contributed update was subsequently released on November 14, 2017, reintroducing exclusive content from the Japanese release, improving mouse aim controls, and restoring LAN multiplayer, level selection, demo mode, and other legacy features.[21]

In December 2019, the game became permanent freeware on Steam and[22][23]

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Source code (retrieved)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Custom DRM code may sabotage the game by igniting all characters or forcing the Postal Dude to commit suicide.[24]
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Developer website
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macOS (OS X)
macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
ZOOM Platform
Your Mom's Box Set also available.
Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
Developer website (unavailable)
Requires online activation
Softwrap DRM.
GamersGate (unavailable)
DRM details are not known
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
A demo is available.
The Classic and Uncut retail release includes the "Monday" demo of Postal 2.[6]

Version differences

Going Over the Edge

Violence-neutered European edition that removes enemy executions, the marching band in Parade of Disasters, and the Elementary School post-game cutscene.[25]
Censored content can be restored with patches.

Postal Plus

Includes the Special Delivery expansion.

Super Postal

Japanese edition of Postal Plus that includes two exclusive levels, Tokyo and Osaka.[4]
Exclusive levels are included in digital releases.

Classic and Uncut

2003 re-release of Postal Plus.[26]
All digital releases are based on this edition.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Special Delivery Adds four new levels (EZ Mart, Shanty Town, Earthquake and La Palamino Resort).
Included in Postal Plus and later editions.
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements

Official retail patches

Original release patch (Euro-violence patch included)
Postal Plus patch

Fan patch

Unofficial patch that fixes bugs and adds new features, cheats, and optional balance changes.
Designed for digital releases; compatibility with retail releases is untested.
An overview of features is presented in the author video, and in the mod readme.
Mod installation instructions
  1. Download the mod from here.
  2. Extract the archive copy patch, Postal_Fan_Patch.exe and POSTALPATCH.INI to <path-to-game>.
  3. Launch the game via Postal_Fan_Patch.exe.


The balance and gameplay changes can be reverted by replacing the executable with the one provided in Classic Gameplay (optional).

Game data

Digital releases on Windows write all game data to %APPDATA%.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\POSTAL.INI[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\Postal Plus.ini[Note 1]
%APPDATA%\RunningWithScissors\Postal Plus\POSTAL.INI
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/PostalPlus/

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\[Note 1]
%APPDATA%\RunningWithScissors\Postal Plus\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

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


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

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only for retail.
Digital releases support widescreen in-game; menus are still 4:3 only.[18]
UI is stretched.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Press Alt+ Enter or use the --windowed command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


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

Weapon switching with mouse wheel

Binding the mouse wheel in the in-game options is broken and only registers under rare conditions.[28]
It has been officially stated that mouse wheel weapon switching will be added in a future update; still missing as of 2024.[29]
Edit the configuration file[30]
  1. Open the configuration file in a text editor.
  2. Go to the [Mouse] section.
  3. Change the values of PrevWeapon and NextWeapon to Wheel Up and Wheel Down respectively.

WASD controls are unintuitive

Edit controls[31][32]
  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, but also map A and D to Strafe (notice that there are two spaces for binding the "Strafe" command).


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Interface translation in Super Postal only.
Audio is available in digital releases; change voices in settings.
Audio is forced in the Tokyo and Osaka levels.
Retail only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download. Currently, only the main campaign is translated not the challenges or the multiplayer.
Retail only. Patch for digital releases here.
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16 Co-op, Versus
Online play
16 Co-op, Versus
No longer functional on modern systems.[19]

Connection types

Issues fixed

Cannot turn left with keyboard + player turns too fast + NPCs spin rapidly

Occurs on Windows XP and later.[34]
Fully fixed in digital releases; no patch required.[17]
Use the official patch[35]
  1. Download the patch from the second hyperlink ("this file" text) on the Support article.
  2. Extract Postal_Plus.exe and rename it to Postal Plus.exe (no underscore).
  3. Copy Postal Plus.exe to <path-to-game> and overwrite the existing file.


Only compatible with Postal Plus and later editions.
Issues may still persist after applying the patch.[36]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9 Digital releases only; default.[37]
Digital releases only.
Forceable with the -opengl command line argument.[17]
Software renderer
Forceable in digital releases with the -software command line argument.[17]
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.
Mac OS (Classic)


Middleware Notes
Input SDL Digital releases only.[17]
Multiplayer,, Kali No longer used in digital releases.

Santa Patch

Alternative, official Christmas content theme.[38]
Included in digital releases and enabled automatically during holidays.[21]
Apply the patch[39]
  1. Download the patch.
  2. Open santa.exe and press the Setup button.
  3. In the directory menu, click Browse and go to <path-to-game>. Select <path-to-game> and confirm.
  4. Press the X-mas button.


Hotmail - Adds the signature mechanic from Superhot.
A Day in Paradise - Total conversion of sorts; changes enemies and story but maintains the same levels.

System requirements

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 IcculusFinger v2.1.27 - last accessed on 2023-10-12
    "Running With Scissors, myself, and the MacNinjas spent some time moving the original Postal to MacOS X. If you want it, the complete game is on the MacWorld "Total Tiger" disc, which hits newstands today, July 26th."
  2. LOKI GOES LOCO FOR POSTAL (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-19
  3. POSTAL PLUS LICENSED TO CANADA (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-19
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 POSTAL PLUS LICENSED TO JAPAN (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-19
  5. Leading Interactive Entertainment Company's European Arm Signs Letter of Intent to Publish and Distribute Six Entertainment Titles for the PC, Including Highly Anticipated Postal (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-12-09
  6. 6.0 6.1 Whiptail bring you the Original Postal (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-06-17
  7. Postal Engine :: POSTAL 2 General Discussions - last accessed on 2020-07-11
    "Custom engine, RSPiX."
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Now Shipping (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-12-10
  9. 9.0 9.1 Loki | Loki in the News | News (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-12
    "10.29.01 Postal Plus is now shipping!"
  10. RENT POSTAL ONLINE (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  11. POSTAL Games Now Available via Download (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  12. Running With Scissors and Cut A Download Deal (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  13. Running With Scissors Cuts Digital Delivery Deal with GamersGate | Running With Scissors Official Website (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-20
  14. POSTAL Games Join GOG Library | Running With Scissors Official Website (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-20
  15. Direct 2 Drive Now Carries POSTAL 1, POSTAL 2 and Apocalypse Weekend | Running With Scissors Official Website (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-20
  16. POSTAL 1: Now on Steam! (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-10-20
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 What's in the latest update?! :: POSTAL General stuff - last accessed on 2023-12-08
  18. 18.0 18.1 POSTAL 1 goes on sale and receives major controller improvements! - Running With Scissors - last accessed on 2023-10-20
  19. 19.0 19.1 Calling All Wannabe Devs - Come Update The Original POSTAL - Running With Scissors - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  20. The Original POSTAL Has Been Made Open Source - Running With Scissors - last accessed on 2023-10-20
  21. 21.0 21.1 POSTAL - 20th Anniversary Community Update for POSTAL - Steam News - last accessed on 2023-06-22
  22. In Development: POSTAL 4: No Regerts + POSTAL 2 giveaway - (retrieved) - last accessed on 2023-12-12
    "From now on you can also get the first part of the POSTAL series for free on GOG.COM, this time permanently."
  23. Running With Scissors on X - last accessed on 2023-12-12
    "Celebrate 8 glorious nights of fire with POSTAL 1 now free on Steam, GOG or and set ablaze the marching band!"
  24. POSTAL Beta - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-12-09
  25. POSTAL - Going Over The Edge (European Censored POSTAL) - YouTube - last accessed on 2024-02-23
  26. Postal: Classic and Uncut announced - GameSpot - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 POSTAL Patches (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-02-20
  28. Verified by User:Mystyle48 on 2024-02-25
    Tested with the release on Windows 11 23H2 with a Logitech M510 mouse. The only way I was able to bind either direction of the scroll wheel was by holding Enter on the bindable action to rebind it continuously, and rapidly scrolling the wheel at the same time. The wheel registered very infrequently, and even when it did, the game would often unbind the action again if I kept scrolling just a few times after.
  29. Question to the devs about possbile future features :: POSTAL General stuff - last accessed on 2024-02-25
  30. Feeling Like a Genius :: POSTAL General stuff - last accessed on 2024-02-25
  31. WANTED: "Absolute" controls mod for Postal 1, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on 2024-02-20
  32. Postal 1 has abominable controls!, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on 2024-02-20
  33. RSPiX™ Overview (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-02-25
  34. Post #8 - postal 1 left turn fix, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  35. Post #14 - postal 1 left turn fix, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  36. Verified by User:Mystyle48 on 2024-02-24
    Tested with retail Classic and Uncut on Windows 11 23H2. The Postal Dude still turns too fast when pressing right and NPCs still rapidly spin in place at an increasing rate.
  37. Please try the beta build! :: POSTAL General stuff - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  38. POSTAL SANTA PATCH RELEASED (retrieved) - last accessed on 2024-02-21
  39. Apply 'The Santa Patch' for maximum holiday cheer! :: POSTAL General stuff - last accessed on 2024-02-21