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===Classic HUD Plugins ([[#Aleph One|Aleph One]])===
[[#Aleph One|Aleph One]] plugins that changes the in-game HUD to match the original release. There are two variants available:
* [http://simplici7y.com/items/marathon-classic-hud Marathon Classic HUD] - Matches the full retail release
* [http://simplici7y.com/items/marathon-demo-v0-0-hud-15 Marathon Demo v0.0 HUD] - Matches the Marathon Demo v0.0 release
==System requirements==
==System requirements==

Revision as of 15:30, 1 September 2017

Marathon cover
Bungie Software
Marathon Engine 1.0
Release dates
Mac OS (Classic) December 21, 1994
Marathon guide on StrategyWiki
Marathon on Wikipedia
Marathon 1994
Marathon 2: Durandal 1995
Marathon Infinity 1996

Key points

The game was made free to download in 2005. Note that it is NOT open source
Aleph One supports modern systems and allows modding
Small but dedicated community
Cannot change settings while in a game

General information

Bungie.net - The developer's site
Pfhorpedia - A wiki for everything Marathon related
Traxus Project - Another Marathon wiki
Marathon.Bungie.org - One of the biggest Marathon fan sites around
Simplici7y - A fan site for downloading mods and maps for the Marathon Trilogy


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Mac OS
Official website
See Marathon (Original) for details.
Mac OS

Version differences

Marathon (Original)

The original Mac only version of the game and its manual are available to download for free at http://trilogyrelease.bungie.org/. Individual files can also be downloaded as opposed to the full game. The game has also been modified to no longer require serial keys to install.

Note that they are provided as is and will only run on a classic Macintosh. The game is also using an older version of the Marathon engine, so features provided in the sequels such as mod support are unavailable.

It is recommended to use the Aleph One version as it adds modern PC support and a port to the newer engine.

Aleph One

Aleph One is an open source continuation of the Marathon 2 engine. Along with bringing all the benefits of the newer engine to the original Marathon, it makes the game more modern and accessible with many different improvements such as cross-platform support, widescreen resolutions, and improved multiplayer networking.

For Windows and OS X, everything is provided as a single app/folder. For Linux, the engine need to be downloaded separately from the game files, compiled, and merged in.

Both the engine and the game files can be downloaded at http://marathon.sourceforge.net/.

As a bonus, the game files provided by Aleph One include HD textures, a revamped HUD, and a new UI.

Essential improvements

Marathon Serial Key Generator

A legal serial key generator for the retail versions of all Marathon games. Refresh the page to get a new batch of keys. Marathon keys are stated with "M1" before the codes.

It can be found at http://marathon.bungie.org/maraserialgen/.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

Template:Game data/row
System Location

Save game data location

Template:Game data/row
System Location

Video settings

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

Field of view (FOV)

  1. Go to Scripts in the installation folder.
  2. Make a new file called FOV.mml
  3. Add the following line: <marathon><view><fov normal="120" extra="160" tunnel="70" /></view></marathon>
  4. Replace 120 with whatever FOV you want.
Extra and tunnel are FOV settings used for the extravision power-up and the tunnel-vision mode.
Extra should be higher than your normal FOV while tunnel should be lower.

Input settings

In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.

Audio settings

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 2.0 [citation needed]Aleph One is required.
Software renderer


Middleware Notes
Audio ALSA, Speex Aleph One only.
Interface FreeType Aleph One only.

Classic HUD Plugins (Aleph One)

Aleph One plugins that changes the in-game HUD to match the original release. There are two variants available:

System requirements

Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 6.0.5
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68020 or better processor
System memory (RAM) 3 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 colour capable