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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.

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Wiraż1994AmigaAtares Sp. z o.o.3.00
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade1991DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.96
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions1990DOS, SNESMindscape, Inc.3.99
Wing Commander1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CD, SNESGameTap LLC3.93
War of the Lance1989Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.80
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Blizzard Entertainment Inc.3.61
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TeleEpic II1990AmigaSoftware Terminal2.00
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Tanke Da Juezhan1993DOSGuangpu4.00
Sword of Aragon1989Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.67
The Summoning1992DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.79
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.89
Stronghold1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.73
Strike Aces1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumAccolade, Inc.3.98
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Selected Covers

Stellar Crusade Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Stellar Crusade
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans DOS Front Cover
Front cover for WarCraft: Orcs & Humans
Wing Commander DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Wing Commander

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (EGA)
Screenshot from Stellar Crusade
Title screen (main menu)
Screenshot from WarCraft: Orcs & Humans
Title screen
Screenshot from Tanke Da Juezhan
Title Screen
Screenshot from Wing Commander