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

F/A-18 Interceptor Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for F/A-18 Interceptor
Falcon Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Falcon
Ankh: Heart of Osiris Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ankh: Heart of Osiris
Starflight Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Starflight

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from F/A-18 Interceptor
Title screen
Screenshot from Falcon
Main menu
Screenshot from Ankh: Heart of Osiris
Title screen (EGA/Tandy)
Screenshot from Starflight