User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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.

Limitations
  • 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.
Note
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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Liga Polska Manager '971997WindowsMarkSoft3.00
Speedway Manager '961996Amiga, DOSTechland Soft2.40
Polanie1996DOSHurtownia Oprogramowania USER3.46
Pol-Gol!1996DOSAdersoft3.60
Piotrków 19391995DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o.2.80
Harold's Mission1995Amiga, DOSMarkSoft3.00
Liga Polska Manager '951995Amiga, DOSCGS3.50
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Obsession1994Amiga, Atari STUnique Development Studios AB3.31
Zero 51994Atari ST, JaguarTelegames, Inc.3.50
Baoxiao Duobiqiu1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.4.17
The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.95
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Blizzard Entertainment Inc.3.61
X-COM: UFO Defense1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PlayStation, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.4.00
Phobos '991994DOSZiP Soft3.70
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
Imperium Galactica1994DOSMirage Software3.31
Ardeny1994DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o.2.40
Wiraż1994AmigaAtares Sp. z o.o.3.00
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.10
Master of Orion1993DOS, MacintoshGameTek, Inc.3.88
Stronghold1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.73
Soccer Kid19933DO, Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, PlayStation, SNES, Windows MobileOcean Software Ltd.3.85
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.98
Sam & Max Hit the Road1993DOS, Macintosh, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.06
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Selected Covers

Stronghold DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stronghold
Wiraż Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Wiraż
Star Wars: X-Wing DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars: X-Wing
Zero 5 Jaguar Front Cover
Front cover for Zero 5
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans DOS Front Cover
Front cover for WarCraft: Orcs & Humans

Selected Screenshots

Closeup of Stronghold
Screenshot from Stronghold
Title screen
Screenshot from Wiraż
Title Screen
Screenshot from Star Wars: X-Wing
Title screen
Screenshot from Zero 5
Title screen (main menu)
Screenshot from WarCraft: Orcs & Humans