Marathon coming to iPad for free

Bungie's classic shooter ported to Apple's tablet courtesy of diehard developer fan, will be available soon gratis.

Gamers who owned a Mac in the mid-1990s likely have fond memories of Marathon, a sci-fi shooter many consider the spiritual ancestor to Halo. Today, both games' developer, Bungie, confirmed that Marathon is coming back to a new Apple platform--the iPad.

Marathon will soon be available for the iPad for free, thanks to a big fan.

Via Bungie.net, the company revealed that Marathon for the iPad will soon be available and was ported over by a rabid fan of the series. In an in-depth Q&A, Bungie interviews software developer Daniel Blezek, who has spent his spare time porting over the game since the iPad was released in April 2010. Originally set for release last fall, the game will be available shortly on the App Store--and it will be completely free.

According to Blezek, the iPad version of Marathon will run at 30 fps and will feature a set of onscreen controls adapted from the original keyboard commands. It will have a virtual left joystick for motion, with an "action" button underneath it. The right thumb will have primary and secondary fire controls above a button, which switches weapons. Though the original Marathon had no aiming reticle, the iPad version will have it as an option.

First released in 1994 for the Mac, Marathon is set during the year 2794 on board the huge starship Marathon, which is en route to colonize far-off worlds. Players assume the role of a security officer on board the ship who must repel an invasion by races of hostile aliens known as the S'pht and the Pfhor. The defense is complicated when Durandal, one of the artificial intelligences on board the ship, becomes "rampant," prompting him to take increasingly unstable--and homicidal--actions.

Marathon's arrival on the iPad will mark the second time a game in the classic series has been brought to a current-generation platform. In 2007, Marathon: Durandal, an updated version of Marathon 2: Durandal, was ported to the Xbox 360 by independent developer Freeverse.

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19 comments
Auction_Sniper
Auction_Sniper

Fantastic, hope they release Durandal and Infinity as well.

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

Probably one of the best games ever! Durandal was great!

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

It's hard to argue with a free classic. :)

Triton
Triton

Yeah, will have to grab this for sure, wonder how long shortly would be...

dkpunk
dkpunk

put it on android. ;)

pablitordz
pablitordz

Nice! Now reboot the franchise for consoles!!!

QuiCkz_Alex
QuiCkz_Alex

I would appreciate an iPhone version

Dmg051793
Dmg051793

I would appreciate an iPhone version :/ I would pay 5 for it even. The game ruled.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Ported back to apple if apple were to buy bungie from Microsoft they could create great games for the ipad. Which could be a great gaming machine.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

My brother used to play this LAN back in the 90's.

roams
roams

Halo's grand-daddy... def worth checking out

homelesstrees
homelesstrees

Will d/l and check this out as soon as it becomes available. This game is practically legendary.

Ford_Cruller
Ford_Cruller

Free is a price I can get behind. Now, if I only had an ipad ...