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Postal (OS X)

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postal1-macosx-installer.dmg (98.03 MB)
MD5: 38fde0360219c05b2874a3aac194a56e
For Mac OS X
This game is still available from its publisher
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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 on all counts:

Movement is always relative to the orientation of the player character ("The 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. However, the manual hints at a possible backstory (the Postal Dude believes the town's population has been infected by a madness plague), and an endgame video implies that the Postal Dude succumbed to his psychosis and is now incarcerated in a government facility.

Note that this version includes the Special Delivery expansion, which adds 4 additional levels after the end of the game.

A modern re-release for intel Macs is available on Steam. It's main features are proper widescreen support and ability to run in a window; multiplayer and the mission editor are missing however.

See also: Postal (Classic), Postal 2

Architecture: PPC

Mac OS X 10.2.8
IBM PowerPC G3 350 MHz
ATI Rage 8 mb
190 mb of free hard disk space


MetalSnake's picture
by MetalSnake - 2016, June 9 - 11:43am

@IIGS_User & Trashing: Postal was released in 1997 for classic Mac OS. With the release of Postal 2 it was ported to Mac OS X. This is the OS X Version.

Thrashing's picture
by Thrashing - 2013, June 3 - 6:36pm

The Postal Beta worked on OS 7, so probably that is what's wrong, and not the year.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2012, October 30 - 4:14pm

1997 must be wrong. There was no Mac OS X at that time.

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2012, October 30 - 7:27am

"Dull" pretty much sums up the gameplay ...