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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Hare Raising Havoc1991Amiga, DOSWalt Disney Computer Software, Inc.2.83
Heat Wave: Offshore Superboat Racing1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.85
Altered Destiny1990Amiga, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.41
Test Drive III: The Passion1990DOSAccolade, Inc.3.50
Star Control1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, ZX SpectrumAccolade, Inc.3.63
The Secret of Monkey Island1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, SEGA CDJVC Musical Industries, Inc.4.00
Night Shift1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumLucasfilm Games LLC3.76
Les Manley in: Search for the King1990Amiga, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.41
Das Stundenglas1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSSoftware 20002.44
Hoverforce1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.55
Vaxine1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSU.S. Gold Ltd.3.12
Stratego1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Accolade, Inc.3.80
The Gold of the Aztecs1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSU.S. Gold Ltd.3.40
Operation Harrier1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOSU.S. Gold Ltd.2.00
Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSLucasfilm Games LLC3.66
HardBall II1989Amiga, DOS, MacintoshAccolade, Inc.3.38
Blue Angels: Formation Flight Simulation1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSAccolade, Inc.3.84
Hillsfar1989Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, PC-98FCI3.35
Curse of the Azure Bonds1989Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.71
The Dark Heart of Uukrul1989Apple II, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.81
F/A-18 Interceptor1988AmigaElectronic Arts, Inc.4.00
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, NES, WindowsCinemaware Corporation4.21
The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate1988Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98Electronic Arts, Inc.3.65
Pool of Radiance1988Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1FCI3.69
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Selected Covers

Das Stundenglas DOS Front Cover Dark vertical bar is stamped gold foil.
Front cover for Das Stundenglas
Vaxine Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Vaxine
Rocket Ranger DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Rocket Ranger
Pool of Radiance DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Pool of Radiance

Selected Screenshots

The prologue.
Screenshot from Das Stundenglas
Loading screen
Screenshot from Vaxine
The science  guy... But he's not Bill Nye.
Screenshot from Rocket Ranger
Title screen
Screenshot from Pool of Radiance