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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.

Notes
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 orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe1990DOSLucasfilm Games LLC3.56
The Gold of the Aztecs1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSU.S. Gold Ltd.3.45
Star Control1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, ZX SpectrumAccolade, Inc.3.66
The Secret of Monkey Island1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CDJVC Musical Industries, Inc.3.98
Operation Harrier1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSU.S. Gold Ltd.2.00
Vaxine1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSU.S. Gold Ltd.3.12
Test Drive III: The Passion1990DOSAccolade, Inc.3.53
Stratego1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Accolade, Inc.3.80
Night Shift1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumLucasfilm Games LLC3.76
Das Stundenglas1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSSoftware 20002.44
Hoverforce1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.55
Les Manley in: Search for the King1990Amiga, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.41
Altered Destiny1990Amiga, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.41
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
John Madden Football1988Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.55
Will Harvey's Zany Golf1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisElectronic Arts, Inc.3.13
Mars Saga1988Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.02
Neuromancer1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOSInterplay Productions, Inc.3.93
Rocket Ranger1988Amiga, Android, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, iPad, iPhone, NESCinemaware Corporation3.81
Pool of Radiance1988Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1FCI3.70
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Selected Covers

Neuromancer DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Neuromancer
Rocket Ranger DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Rocket Ranger
John Madden Football DOS Front Cover
Front cover for John Madden Football

Selected Screenshots

Neuromancer Title Screen
Screenshot from Neuromancer
The science  guy... But he's not Bill Nye.
Screenshot from Rocket Ranger
Open splash / Menu screen
Screenshot from John Madden Football