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.

Related Game Groups
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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
A Mind Forever Voyaging1985Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 128, DOS, MacintoshInfocom, Inc.3.82
Amnesia1986Apple II, Commodore 64, PC BooterElectronic Arts, Inc.3.69
Starflight1986Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.02
Falcon1987Amiga, Atari ST, CDTV, DOS, MacintoshSpectrum Holobyte, Inc.4.11
Demon Stalkers1987Commodore 64, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.86
The Fool's Errand1987Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshMiles Computing3.69
Legacy of the Ancients1987Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Jordan vs Bird: One on One1988Commodore 64, DOS, Game Boy, Genesis, NESElectronic Arts, Inc.3.27
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate1988Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98Electronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Rocket Ranger1988Amiga, Android, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, iPad, iPhone, NES, WindowsCinemaware Corporation4.21
Life & Death1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, Sharp X68000Mindscape, Inc.3.59
F/A-18 Interceptor1988AmigaElectronic Arts, Inc.4.00
Pool of Radiance1988Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1FCI3.69
John Madden Football1988Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.55
Neuromancer1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOSInterplay Productions, Inc.3.93
Mars Saga1988Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.02
Will Harvey's Zany Golf1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisElectronic Arts, Inc.3.09
HardBall II1989Amiga, DOS, MacintoshAccolade, Inc.3.38
The Dark Heart of Uukrul1989Apple II, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.81
Curse of the Azure Bonds1989Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.71
Hillsfar1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, PC-98FCI3.35
Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSLucasfilm Games LLC3.66
Blue Angels: Formation Flight Simulation1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.84
Heat Wave: Offshore Superboat Racing1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.85
Altered Destiny1990Amiga, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.41
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Selected Covers

Altered Destiny DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Altered Destiny
The Dark Heart of Uukrul DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Dark Heart of Uukrul
Life & Death DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Life & Death
Demon Stalkers DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Demon Stalkers

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Altered Destiny
Title screen
Screenshot from The Dark Heart of Uukrul
Title Screen
Screenshot from Life & Death
Title screen (EGA)
Screenshot from Demon Stalkers