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Marathon Beta

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Marathon_Beta.sit (746.15 KB)
MD5: bda2e5e8b10fa0b50f679c49d0d9010d
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Marathon_beta.img (1.00 MB)
MD5: c15ea86fef03c0e7f706a291a558c2f8
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver,

This is a small beta release to Marathon. The early stages to the Marathon trilogy, what the game would have looked/been like back then. The name "Marathon" had started as a code-name. It was actually going to be named "Pathways Into Uranus" prior to release but was later rejected as too oblique. Eventually the code-name became the official. The name Marathon seemed like a more appropriate choice for a game that was a grueling test of endurance.

Video Available
A video showing the game is available on YouTube.
Architecture: 68k PPC

Runs fine in classic mode

The .fat file runs in Sheepshaver, but the .ppc.noopt version doesn't.

NOT supported by Aleph One.
The Marathon Beta actually uses the same engine as Pathways Into Darkness.
Because of this it's NOT compatible with the Aleph One engine.


longboarder241's picture
by longboarder241 - 2014, April 21 - 6:07pm

made a review vid of this, check it out here

longboarder241's picture
by longboarder241 - 2014, March 19 - 2:31pm

can you possibly make this rom in a .img format? mabe so i can run it on miniVmac and my old macintosh classic?

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by MacWise - 2009, November 28 - 7:19am

This is actually the alpha version of Marathon, called Marathon Zero. It was showed at the 1994 MacWorld Expo and bombed because people thought it was the same thing as Pathways Into Darkness but set in space. Bungie, instead of giving up, kept pushing forward and the rest is history.

If you can't make it run, get M1A1 from the Marathon Archives. The alpha is included as a secret level.