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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Elite1984Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.59
Mindwheel1984Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc....
Silent Service1985Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, PC-98, PC Booter, Thomson MO, Thomson TO, ZX SpectrumMicroProse Software, Inc.3.97
Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier1985Amiga, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, Electron, iPad, iPhone, MSX, ZX SpectrumElite Systems Ltd.2.92
Star Fleet I: The War Begins!1985Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MacintoshInterstel Corporation3.59
Gunship1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, ZX SpectrumMicroProse Software, Inc.3.87
Grand Slam: World Class Tennis1986Amiga, MacintoshInfinity Software, Ltd....
Starglider1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.81
Space Station Oblivion1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumEpyx, Inc.3.25
B-241987Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc....
Panzer Strike!1987Apple II, Commodore 64Strategic Simulations, Inc....
TeleWar1987AmigaSoftware Terminal...
The President is Missing1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSCelery Software...
Carrier Command1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.66
F-14 Tomcat1988Commodore 64Activision, Inc....
TeleWar II1988AmigaSoftware Terminal...
Starglider 21988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.48
Espionage1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumGrandslam Entertainments Ltd.1.09
Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CDAccolade, Inc.3.67
Battlehawks 19421988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSLucasfilm Games LLC3.64
Manhunter: New York1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.72
TeleEpic1988AmigaSoftware Terminal...
Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMindscape, Inc.3.58
Battle Chess1988Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amiga CD32, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, CDTV, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, NES, PC-98, Sharp X68000, Windows 3.xData East USA, Inc.3.61
Stellar Crusade1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Stellar Crusade Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Stellar Crusade
B-24 Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for B-24
Carrier Command DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Carrier Command
F-14 Tomcat Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for F-14 Tomcat

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (EGA)
Screenshot from Stellar Crusade
On the tarmac.
Screenshot from B-24
Start Screen
Screenshot from Carrier Command
Title screen
Screenshot from TeleWar
Game group created by Indra is stressed (19942), additional games added to group by Steve (Andy) De George (8), Rola (7764), Patrick Bregger (159486), POMAH (39011), Cavalary (7273), piltdown_man (116359), Karsa Orlong (100431), Johan Jönsson (54), JimmyA (3472), aqrit (1), Rwolf (11094), Victor Vance (6621), Jo ST (23482), NGC 5194 (17261), Jim Perry, vileyn0id_8088 (16822), Pseudo_Intellectual (47892), Terok Nor (23152), Игги Друге (44994), JudgeDeadd (15624) and Jeanne (75379)