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Games with code-wheel copy protection

Group Description

Games that use copy protection in the form of a paper or equivalent code-wheel. Code-wheels usually consist of two wheels included with the game. These wheels usually have holes which, when used together by the player, will overlap and identify a specific letter, word, or symbol based on in-game copy protection instructions.

Entering the correct letter/word/symbol will allow the player to continue the game, while failing to do so will prompt the game to exit or any equivalent inhibiting the player to continue the game.

Code-wheel copy protection from Heat Wave: Offshore Superboat Racing (1990).

Some forms of code wheels do not come in a circular form and may come in a variety of shapes (rectangular, triangular, etc.). As long as two equivalent objects are used in a similar fashion to reveal the correct answer indicated by the in-game copy protection instructions, the shape of the wheel is irrelevant.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes2011Macintosh, Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.58
Ankh: Heart of Osiris2006Linux, Macintosh, Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.99
Premier Manager 31994Amiga, DOSGremlin Interactive Ltd.2.82
Zool 21993Amiga, Amiga CD32, BlackBerry, DOS, JaguarAtari Corporation3.76
Metal & Lace: The Battle of the Robo Babes1993DOSMegaTech Software2.00
Disposable Hero1993Amiga, Amiga CD32Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd.3.34
Premier Manager 21993Amiga, Atari ST, DOSGremlin Graphics Software Ltd.3.78
WaxWorks1992Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, WindowsAccolade, Inc.3.83
Legends of Valour1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.57
Grand Prix Unlimited1992DOSAccolade, Inc.2.40
Jack Nicklaus Golf & Course Design: Signature Edition1992DOSAccolade, Inc.2.67
Zool1992Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, BlackBerry, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA Master System, SNESGameTek, Inc.3.12
Premier Manager1992Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisGremlin Graphics Software Ltd.2.94
HardBall III1992DOS, Genesis, SNESAccolade, Inc.3.58
Cybercon III1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSU.S. Gold Ltd.3.33
Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.55
Shadow Sorcerer1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.2.91
Cruise for a Corpse1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.66
Road & Car: Test Drive III - The Passion: Add-On Disk #11991DOSAccolade, Inc.4.10
Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe1991DOSLucasfilm Games LLC3.56
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge1991Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, MacintoshLucasfilm Games LLC4.02
Les Manley in: Lost in L.A.1991DOSAccolade, Inc.3.29
Out of This World19913DO, Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, Jaguar, Macintosh, SNES, Symbian, Windows, Windows 3.x, ZodiacInterplay Productions, Inc.3.68
Mike Ditka Ultimate Football1991DOS, GenesisAccolade, Inc.2.20
Dick Tracy: The Crime-Solving Adventure1991Amiga, DOSWalt Disney Computer Software, Inc.3.36
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Selected Covers

Disposable Hero Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Disposable Hero
Out of This World DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Out of This World
Premier Manager Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Premier Manager
Cruise for a Corpse DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Cruise for a Corpse

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Disposable Hero
Title Screen
Screenshot from Out of This World
Title screen
Screenshot from Premier Manager
The title screen
Screenshot from Cruise for a Corpse