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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.

Related Game Groups

Selected Covers

Demon Stalkers DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Demon Stalkers
Mars Saga Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Mars Saga
A Mind Forever Voyaging Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for A Mind Forever Voyaging
The Fool's Errand Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for The Fool's Errand

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (EGA)
Screenshot from Demon Stalkers
Title screen
Screenshot from Mars Saga
Screenshot from A Mind Forever Voyaging
Prologue Title Screen
Screenshot from The Fool's Errand
Game group created by Indra is stressed (20020), additional games added to group by Rola (7751), Patrick Bregger (151073), piltdown_man (104618), Lain Crowley (5420), Karsa Orlong (84716), Alaka (37234), Pseudo_Intellectual (45476), Terok Nor (21818), Scaryfun (13294), BdR (4375), Great Hierophant (254), PolloDiablo (16610) and Egon Friedell (297)