mysticm Mystic Marathon

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Production year: 1983
Manufacturer: Williams

Game genre: Sports
Category: Sports / Track & Field

This machine has the following clones:
 • Mystic Marathon (prototype)

This machine works in MAME with problems This machine works in MAME with problems

Overall emulation: Good
Color emulation: Preliminary
Sound emulation: Good
Graphics emulation: Good
Save states: Supported

In MAME since version: .035b06

The MAME driver of this machine is: williams.cpp - Read the code

 Tech info 
 Hardware of this machine:
  • CHIPs [Show details]

    M6809 ("maincpu")cpu 1000000 Hz
    M6808 ("soundcpu")cpu 4000000 Hz
    Speaker ("speaker")audio
    MC1408 ("dac")audio

  • Screens [Show details]

    This machine uses a single screen:
      Graphic type: Raster
      Screen orientation: Horizontal
      Resolution 276 x 240 @ 60.096154 Hz

  • Number of players: 2P Alternated
  • Controllers [Show details]

      Joystick [8 ways]
    Number of buttons: 1

  • ROMs (24 of the machine set) [Show details]

    Referred to MAME version: 0.181

    NameSizeCRC32SHA1StatusIn romset
    mm02_2.a0940963a776ea8 1fef5f5cef5e10606c97ac9c365f000a88d51314 good mysticm
    mm03_2.a1040966e247c75 4daf5206d29b887cd1a78528fac4b0cd8ec7f39b good mysticm
    mm11_1.a188192f537968e 2660a480d0bba5fe25885453115ef1015f8bdea9 good mysticm
    mm09_1.a1681923bd12f6c 7925a92c486c994e8f34c8ed52bf81a34cf44f68 good mysticm
    mm07_1.a148192ea2a2a68 71855c874cd5032f47fafc67e2d1667f956cd9b5 good mysticm
    mm05_1.a128192b514eef3 0f9309768c416dd98e9c02121cc750993a2923ea good mysticm
    mm18_1.a2681929b391a81 b3f34e5d468fe4a4de2d4e771e2fa08de6596f26 good mysticm
    mm16_1.a248192399e175d e17301e4159e5a6d83c3ca62c93eb70f34b948df good mysticm
    mm14_1.a228192191153b1 fcd8aa6ad6506ba51a01f777f6a3b94e9c051b1c good mysticm
    mm10_1.a178192d6a37509 4b1f52954ca208ccc040c017873777fbf7fbd1f2 good mysticm
    mm08_1.a1581926f1a64f2 4183b658b257d7fe35e1d7271f76d3358df5a7a2 good mysticm
    mm06_1.a1381922e6795d4 8b074f6a7a4b5a9705de498684180815581faea2 good mysticm
    mm04_1.a118192c222fb64 b4c51d2b1664ef3267df1dee9e4888acf847c286 good mysticm
    mm17_1.a258192d36f0a96 9830955ca7e46b5b0dba98b4d2ea325bbbebe3c7 good mysticm
    mm15_1.a238192cd5d99da 41a37903503c14fb9c801c51afa2f97c83b79f8b good mysticm
    mm13_1.a218192ef4b79db 346057cb8c4593df44fb36771553e60610fe1a0c good mysticm
    mm12_1.a198192a1f04bf0 389bdb7c9e395af9275abfb20c3ab51bc12dc4db good mysticm
    mm01_1.a08819265339512 144625d2905c953383bcc90cd2435d332394883f good mysticm
    mm20_1.b5781925c0f4f46 7dedbbeda2f34a2eac9fb14277874d9d66f468c7 good mysticm
    mm21_1.b588192cb90b3c5 f28cca2c3ff23d6c9e2952a1b08ab2875655ec70 good mysticm
    mm19_1.b418192e274df86 9876a487c5efa350ced31acbc39df22c8d414677 good mysticm
    ic14.bpr3227a6d555 988d55092d7d0243a867986873dfd12be67280c7 good mysticm
    ic47.bpr256efb03024 4c3e3de374f7959a03dcfcb8a29a372685f3b273 good mysticm
    ic60.bpr5120ea3f7fb a8a2a7fbc1a3527a8e2cda71d737afaa717902f1 good mysticm

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    :  BIOS
    :  Device


Mystic Marathon (c) 1984 Williams.

The object of Mystic Marathon is to guide an elvish looking goblin in some sort of overland race. In most arcade games if you made a mistake you would lose a life, but in Mystic Marathon making a mistake, any mistake, simply meant it was impossible to win the race. Bump into something, oops, can't win. Choose the wrong path, can't win. Press jump at the wrong time, can't win.


Williams released Mystic Marathon as a conversion kit only. This was a cabinet specific conversion kit, as it came with a new control panel and other components that were sized to fit Williams cabinets only.

Main CPU : M6809 (@ 1 Mhz)

Sound CPU : M6808 (@ 1 Mhz)

Sound Chips : DAC

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 276 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 2 x 16 color palettes

Players : 1

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 1


Released in March 1984.

Clay Bostick holds the official record for this game with 4,000,000 points.


Staff : Kristina Donofrio (KVD), John Newcomer (JRN), Pam Erickson (PAM), Jill Chittenden (JIL), Ken Graham (KAG), Jan Hendricks (JAN)


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

Giochi Simili

Warning: information in history.dat can differ from the ones present in the rest of the page (taken from MAME) as they come from a different source

Information on mysticm

0.35b6 [Michael Soderstrom]


- When you see "FACTORY SETTINGS RESTORED", hit F2 (Service Mode).

- Press F2 for Test-Mode

- Press F1 + F2 for Bookkeeping/Setup


- 0.147u4: Joe Magiera added clone Mystic Marathon (prototype).

- 1st July 2010: Smitdogg - Joe Magiera dumped a crazy rare prototype version of Mystic Marathon!

- 0.95u3: Changed M6808 CPU2 clock speed to 1MHz, visible area to 276x240 and palettesize to 1024 colors. Fixed gfx1 roms addresses ($2000, 4000).

- 0.57: Removed 3rd coin slot.

- 0.36b7: Changed palettesize from 48 to 144 colors.

- 0.35b6: Michael Soderstrom added Mystic Marathon (Williams 1983).

- 9th March 1999: Michael Soderstrom has finally sent in the newest Williams driver with added support for Mystic Marathon, Turkey Shoot, Inferno and Joust 2.

- 6th September 1994: Dumped Mystic Marathon.


- Once every year, it is decreed that those who have the will for glory, fame and wealth indeed shall meet in games of skill. A marathon will be their test on mystic isles of lore and whomsoever proves the best, more clever, faster than the rest will top the greatest score. To be the greatest you must use strong magic if you dare for on the isles your foes will choose the magic paths to make you lose unless you beat them there. But dangers lurk on land and seas to guard the treasures bright. So while you gather points with ease avoid the trolls, the rocks, the trees or you will feel their might. Above all, don't forget the race place third or better, friend. If you let magic slow your pace or treasures pull you from the chase your marathon will end...


- Remember this is a race... so keep running. Use magic to cross between islands. Don't feed the fins.

- Caves will move you to the next cave.

- Magic bridges only move left and right.

- Holes will move you to the next hole.

- Birds, butterflies and balloons will fly you ahead if you catch them.

- The following objects score bonus points: Rubies, gold, pearls, diamonds and gold mushrooms.

- Beware the following hazards. They slow you down: Small and large rocks, red mushrooms, ferns, geysers, cactus and whirlpools.

LEVELS: 99 (endless)

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