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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.

Related Game Groups
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Liga Polska Manager '971997WindowsMarkSoft3.00
Speedway Manager '961996Amiga, DOSTechland Soft2.40
Pol-Gol!1996DOSAdersoft3.60
Polanie1996DOSHurtownia Oprogramowania USER3.46
Piotrków 19391995DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o.2.80
Liga Polska Manager '951995Amiga, DOSCGS3.50
Harold's Mission1995Amiga, DOSMarkSoft3.00
Phobos '991994DOSZiP Soft3.70
Zero 51994Atari ST, JaguarTelegames, Inc.3.50
Imperium Galactica1994DOSMirage Software3.31
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Blizzard Entertainment Inc.3.62
X-COM: UFO Defense1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PlayStation, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.4.00
Wiraż1994AmigaAtares Sp. z o.o.3.00
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Baoxiao Duobiqiu1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.4.17
Ardeny1994DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o.2.40
The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.95
Ragnarok1993DOSOptyk3.63
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.01
The Even More! Incredible Machine1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.40
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
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Selected Covers

Polanie DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Polanie
Quarantine DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Quarantine
X-COM: UFO Defense Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for X-COM: UFO Defense
Harold's Mission DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harold's Mission

Selected Screenshots

Loading screen
Screenshot from Imperium Galactica
(Polanie) Title screen - floppy disk release
Screenshot from Polanie
Developer's logo
Screenshot from Quarantine
Opening Titles
Screenshot from X-COM: UFO Defense