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

Starflight DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Starflight
Will Harvey's Zany Golf DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Will Harvey's Zany Golf
Falcon Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Falcon
John Madden Football DOS Front Cover
Front cover for John Madden Football
Life & Death DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Life & Death

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (EGA/Tandy)
Screenshot from Starflight
Title Screen (oversize, scrolling; entire virtual page shown here)
Screenshot from Will Harvey's Zany Golf
Title screen
Screenshot from Falcon
Open splash / Menu screen
Screenshot from John Madden Football
Title Screen
Screenshot from Life & Death
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