|Marathon Engine 1.0|
|Mac OS (Classic)||December 21, 1994|
|Windows||December 2, 2011|
|Linux||December 2, 2011|
|Marathon 2: Durandal||1995|
- 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
- Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS (Fixed in April 8th 2021 update for Aleph One).
- Cannot change settings while in a game.
- Cannot manually reload weapons. Also cannot switch directly to a weapon (keys 1-9 serve no purpose by default) or rebind zoom key (F7). (Also fixed in the April 8th 2021 update for Aleph One)
- 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
|Official website||See Marathon (Original) for details.|
|Official website||Aleph One version.|
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 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 https://alephone.lhowon.org/.
As a bonus, the game files provided by Aleph One include HD textures, a revamped HUD, and a new UI.
- Aleph One 1.1 and later can run Marathon 1; prior to this there was a fan made remake of Marathon 1 for Aleph One called M1A1. Despite using the original Marathon 1 assets, M1A1 has a different resource structure so mods created for it are not compatible with the official Marathon 1. M1A1 was officially deemed obsolete after support for the official Marathon 1 data files were added to Aleph One.
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/.
Aleph One Mods
- Some of the featured mods are included with Aleph One.
- M1 Weapons Redux - HD replacements for weapons, projectiles and most items.
- xBR Monsters for M1 - HD upscaled (not remastered or redrawn) monsters and their corpses.
- Marathon Music Remastered - Marathon's MID! music resampled on modern synthesizers. Also check out TheMarathonMusic.com; if the tracks are renamed correctly, they can also be used in Aleph One.
- TTEP @ 1024x1024 - the Total Texture Enhancement Package is already included in the Aleph One download of the game, however this version is at 1024x1024 resolution vs the included version's 512x512. Recommend using with the Updated Starscape or StarScape DDS: unzip the starscape.zip then make 3 copies of the starscape.dds, rename each "04.dds", "24.dds", and "21.dds" then replace image "04.dds" inside folder 02. Replace image "24.dds" inside folder 17. And finally replace image "21.dds" inside folder 18.
- 3D scenery for M1 - Replaces the 2D scenery sprites with 3D objects. Note that some players do not like 3D objects in Marathon due to it's 2.5D nature however there aren't any HD scenery packs yet, unfortunately.
- Marathon over Tau Ceti E-I Landscape - Gives more realistic landscape however has bugs on some systems. Quallity can generally be reduced in settings if it causes lag, however a smaller version is available here.
Configuration file(s) location
|Windows||%APPDATA%\Aleph One\Marathon Preferences|
|Mac OS (Classic)|
Save game data location
|Windows||%USERPROFILE%\Aleph One\Quick Saves
%USERPROFILE%\Aleph One\Saved Games
|Mac OS (Classic)|
|Widescreen resolution||Use Aleph One and set Field of view (FOV).|
|4K Ultra HD|
|Field of view (FOV)||See Field of view (FOV).|
|Windowed||Aleph One allows windows to be larger than 640x480.|
|Borderless fullscreen windowed||Run Aleph One in Windowed mode set to your display's native resolution. The game is displayed in smaller window for menus, however, during gameplay the screen will render at your chosen resolution.|
|Anisotropic filtering (AF)||Use Aleph One.|
|Anti-aliasing (AA)||Use Aleph One.|
|Vertical sync (Vsync)||Use Aleph One.|
|60 FPS||Use Aleph One.|
|120+ FPS||Use Aleph One.|
As of Aleph One 1.3, FOV must now be adjusted by editing the .mml file in the Plugin folder of whatever HUD you are using.
For example: open
Marathon\Plugins\Enhanced HUD\FOV.mml and change the value to your desired FOV.
|Keyboard and mouse||State||Notes|
|Remapping||Aleph One allows previously hard-wired buttons to be remapped (function keys still cannot be rebound).|
|Mouse acceleration||Use Aleph One.|
|Mouse input in menus|
|Mouse Y-axis inversion||Use Aleph One.|
|Controller support||Aleph One adds modern controller support.|
|Full controller support|
|Controller Y-axis inversion|
|Separate volume controls|
|Mute on focus lost|
- System 7 or higher is required for network play.
- No port information; you can to add it.
- This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.
|OpenGL||2.0, 1.0||Use Aleph One. OpenGL "Classic" is 1.0, "Shader" is 2.0|
|Windows||For 64-bit use Aleph One.|
Aleph One plugins that change the in-game HUD to match the original release. There are two variants available:
- Marathon Classic HUD - Matches the full retail release
- Marathon Demo v0.0 HUD - Matches the Marathon Demo v0.0 release
|Operating system (OS)||6.0.5||7 or higher|
|Processor (CPU)||Motorola 68020 or better processor|
|System memory (RAM)||3 MB||6 MB|
|Hard disk drive (HDD)||150 MB|
|Video card (GPU)||256 colour capable|
- Remastered Marathon Games Released for Free on PC, Mac, Linux - Eurogamer - last accessed on 2019-10-25
- Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-03
- Tested on Aleph One v1.3 (2020-08-03, Windows 64-bit version)