Games with manual lookup copy protection

Group Description

Games that use copy protection by identifying a specified letter, word, or symbol in the manual or equivalent, based on in-game copy protection instructions.

For purposes of this game group and to avoid confusion, manual is defined as:

"A set of instructions, guidelines, or similar equivalent included with the game. Copy protection sources in this regard must be included in the manual and not be provided separately".

A manual may come in the form of a 100 page manual book or a simple one page guide. Traditionally, manuals with manual lookup copy protection came in a hard copy format. Later adaptations may introduce a softcopy version of the manual with similar copy protection requirements.

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.

Manual lookup copy protection from Keef the Thief.

  • This game group is specifically for copy protection via a manual. Copy protection material that do not require the manual and come separate in origin (e.g. calendars, maps, etc.) should be excluded from this game group, unless of course such material is a part of mentioned manual;

  • If copy protection material is part of manual, but later must be manually removed by the player (e.g. cut-out) and thus becomes separate from the manual, should be excluded from this game group.
Games that were later released as freeware and may have their copy-protection features disabled may also qualify for this game group.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Liga Polska Manager '971997WindowsMarkSoft3.00
Speedway Manager '961996Amiga, DOSTechland Soft2.40
Polanie1996DOSHurtownia Oprogramowania USER3.39
Piotrków 19391995DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o.2.80
Harold's Mission1995Amiga, DOSMarkSoft3.00
Liga Polska Manager '951995Amiga, DOSCGS3.50
Sheer Agony1995Atari STLogitron2.50
Phobos '991994DOSZiP Soft3.70
Ardeny1994DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o.2.40
Imperium Galactica1994DOSMirage Software3.31
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Blizzard Entertainment Inc.3.66
The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.82
Baoxiao Duobiqiu1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.4.17
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.60
Zero 51994Atari ST, JaguarTelegames, Inc.3.50
Wiraż1994AmigaAtares Sp. z o.o.3.00
X-COM: UFO Defense1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PlayStation, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.4.00
Obsession1994Amiga, Atari STUnique Development Studios AB3.31
Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows, Windows MobileNew World Computing, Inc.4.03
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Burntime1993Amiga, DOSHit Squad, The3.79
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
The Even More! Incredible Machine1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.40
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.01
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Selected Covers

X-COM: UFO Defense Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for X-COM: UFO Defense
Zero 5 Jaguar Front Cover
Front cover for Zero 5
Liga Polska Manager '95 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Liga Polska Manager '95
Baoxiao Duobiqiu DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Baoxiao Duobiqiu
Harold's Mission DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harold's Mission

Selected Screenshots

Opening Titles
Screenshot from X-COM: UFO Defense
Title screen
Screenshot from Zero 5
Title Screen
Screenshot from Liga Polska Manager '95
Screenshot from Baoxiao Duobiqiu
Historical background
Screenshot from Piotrków 1939