The player takes on the role of “The Postal Dude”, a tall thin man with a goatee, sunglasses, a blue alien t-shirt, and a long black leather coat. The Postal Dude also wears a Happy Smiley pin on his right lapel and a cross pin on his left one. The Postal Dude lives in a trailer park with his nagging wife (only identified in the credits as ‘Postal Dude’s Bitch’) in the town of Paradise, Arizona.The game levels are split into days of the week starting Monday and finishing Friday. At the beginning of each day, Dude is given several tasks to accomplish, such as ‘Get milk’, ‘Confess sins’, and other seemingly mundane tasks. The purpose of the game is to finish all of the tasks throughout the week, and the player can accomplish these tasks in any way he wishes, be it as civilly or as chaotically as possible (it is possible, if occasionally difficult, to complete most tasks without engaging in battle, or, at least, killing other people). The daily tasks can be accomplished in any order, and the game includes one task that is only activated on a certain day if Dude performs a certain action.
Win 98, Me, 2000, XP, Pentium III 733 Mhz CPU, 128 MB RAM, DirectX 8.1, 32Mb DirectX 8.1 GeForce 2-class, DirectX Sound Card, 8× CD-ROM
Linux Kernel 2.2 or later, Pentium 1GHz or better, Glibc 2.1.x or later, 128 MB RAM, OpenGL capable video card with 64 MB of RAM