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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.

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 ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
A Mind Forever Voyaging1985Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 128, DOS, MacintoshInfocom, Inc.3.81
Starflight1986Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.94
Amnesia1986Apple II, Commodore 64, PC BooterElectronic Arts, Inc.3.69
Falcon1987Amiga, Atari ST, CDTV, DOS, MacintoshSpectrum Holobyte, Inc.4.12
Legacy of the Ancients1987Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
The Fool's Errand1987Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshMiles Computing3.38
Demon Stalkers1987Commodore 64, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate1988Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98Electronic Arts, Inc.3.55
Pool of Radiance1988Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1FCI3.70
Rocket Ranger1988Amiga, Android, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, iPad, iPhone, NESCinemaware Corporation3.81
F/A-18 Interceptor1988AmigaElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
Life & Death1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, Sharp X68000Mindscape, Inc.3.59
Mars Saga1988Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.02
Will Harvey's Zany Golf1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisElectronic Arts, Inc.3.13
Jordan vs Bird: One on One1988Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, NESElectronic Arts, Inc.2.98
John Madden Football1988Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.55
Neuromancer1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOSInterplay Productions, Inc.3.93
Hillsfar1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, PC-98FCI3.19
Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSLucasfilm Games LLC3.66
Curse of the Azure Bonds1989Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.77
The Dark Heart of Uukrul1989Apple II, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.81
HardBall II1989Amiga, DOS, MacintoshAccolade, Inc.3.38
Blue Angels: Formation Flight Simulation1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.84
The Secret of Monkey Island1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CDJVC Musical Industries, Inc.3.98
Night Shift1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumLucasfilm Games LLC3.76
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Selected Covers

A Mind Forever Voyaging Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for A Mind Forever Voyaging
HardBall II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for HardBall II
Hillsfar DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hillsfar
Curse of the Azure Bonds DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Curse of the Azure Bonds

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from A Mind Forever Voyaging
Copy protection screen
Screenshot from HardBall II
Title screen
Screenshot from Hillsfar
Title screen #1
Screenshot from Curse of the Azure Bonds