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This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Marathon takes place in outer space in the year 2794. The player assumes the role of a nameless security officer stationed on the UESC Marathon. The Marathon has arrived in the Tau Ceti solar system and is supporting the colonization effort of the planet, Tau Ceti IV. The game starts with the player making his way to the Marathon on the shuttle Mirata when an alien ship appears and attacks the system. He survives by ejecting seconds before the explosion of the Mirata, and hours later, his officer's escape pod then reaches one of the Marathon docking bays.

There are three AIs aboard the Marathon, each in command of some aspect of ship operations. All of them are under attack by the aliens, after being hit by an electromagnetic pulse from the alien ship. As the game begins, only one of the three AIs, Leela, is still fully functional.

  — Wikipedia

This is the first of Bungie's addicting and popular Marathon series, a Macintosh exclusive. Marathon is a pseudo-3D first person shooter, similar to Doom. It is widely considered to be the precursor to Bungie's epic Halo series. Experience from the making of these games led to Halo: Combat Evolved. It is known for being the first game to allow dual-wielding and mouse looking, and second only to System Shock (released in September of the same year) for vertical aim, reloading, and multiple fire modes for weapons.

The Official Online Marathon Serial Numbers Generator

In 2005, Bungie authorized the release of the full original Mac OS trilogy for free distribution online. A version pre-bundled with Aleph One for use with OS X can be downloaded below.

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See also: Marathon 2, Marathon Infinity, Marathon Trilogy Box Set, Pathways Into Darkness

Architecture: 68k PPC

Minimum Requirements

To run this in Mac OS X, you'll need the Aleph One engine.
Despite the fact that Aleph One is based on the Marathon 2 engine, it's backwards compatible with the original Marathon's engine & game data.


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by soudesune - 2020, November 15 - 8:38pm

Article from contemporary magazine added (MacFormat April 1995).

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by dr.zeissler - 2019, March 28 - 1:24pm

In the 68K Version on my Quadra700 is an option for "Hardware Acceleration"
What type of Accelerator is supported there? (In time way before Glide/OpenGL)

...OK found it:

Select this option if you are running on a Quadra (or performa) 630 and want to use the hardware video accelerator. This feature forces you to run in 16-bit color, but is faster than running in 8-bit color without the acceleration.

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by eisnerguy1 - 2018, April 24 - 12:44pm

Ok, great! Thanks!

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by mrdav - 2018, April 24 - 9:30am

As you can see from the comments below The-Lurr-King originally uploaded a bin/cue and then removed it and replaced it with a .iso image. Fortunately, I have a bin/cue and will upload it soon.

EDIT: Done

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by eisnerguy1 - 2018, April 24 - 7:16am

I was wondering if anyone could upload a bin/cue of the cd? Most versions apparently had CD quality versions of 7 of the tracks:

Track 1: 04:05
Track 2: 03:02
Track 3: 03:39
Track 4: 02:14
Track 5: 01:37
Track 6: 01:27
Track 7: 01:47

Would love to add them to my Aleph One setup.

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by colinng - 2016, October 11 - 4:06am

I can totally see why people love this game. Unfortunately I get motion sick right on level 1 and have to rest immediately or risk throwing up over my keyboard. Darn! One less classic I get to enjoy.

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by CalTheOnly - 2014, August 22 - 4:14am

What a great game. Not only can you look up and down, but there's a great storyline in this shooter.

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by The-Lurr-King - 2014, April 4 - 6:46am

I was reading the bungie forums as to why no one has uploaded the audio from the CD and apparently its because Alexander Seropian, creator of the original Marathon soundtrack says no to having it on the internet.

Don't hate me....

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by mrdav - 2014, April 3 - 10:25pm


You removed your previous bin/cue upload that contained game+audio tracks and replaced it with a .iso image that does not have an audio partition. What was your reasoning for doing this? Thanks.

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by MadMac - 2010, September 19 - 7:52pm

No, Bertyboy... i was using this game on a iMac G3 400 without any problems, but one thing i see is that firsttimers at this game cant find several keys.

To Read the manual is really important.

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by bertyboy - 2010, September 19 - 7:42am

ARe you implying that he/she can't read (the manual) ?

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by MadMac - 2010, September 19 - 4:17am

Smile ok, but i have to ask... have you tried Command-P? or quitting pushing Esc and clicking over Quit?

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by kabj06 - 2010, September 18 - 2:36pm

This game is BAD! It has no pause feature (that I can find) and as far as I know the only way to quit is to force quit the game. It has made my PowerBook 1400 and my iMac 333 act up during and after gameplay.

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by LordKarnov42 - 2010, August 24 - 4:06pm

For some reason when I'm running this in either Basilisk II [SSW 7] or SheepShaver [OS 9], the mouse support is bizarre. I move the mouse slightly to the right and I spin around forever and ever. Just a problem with the engine or is there something I can do?

Edit: Replaced 'xxx 7' with 'SSW 7' - IIGS User

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by amatecha - 2010, May 12 - 2:06am

omg, sweet pic of the CD/disks/manual etc.! So jealous of whoever has it Smile

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by ImAhNoBoDy - 2009, August 23 - 4:33am

Classic gaming at it's best. I haven't played this one yet. I started out playing Marathon 3 then Marathon 2. This is gonna be awesome.

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by fps-dungeon - 2009, July 21 - 5:42am

To view more screenshots fps dungeon has alot more on marathon before you download it here.