Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Mindwheel1984Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.4.00
Elite1984Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.42
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.3.98
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 Corporation3.76
Grand Slam: World Class Tennis1986Amiga, MacintoshInfinity Software, Ltd....
Gunship1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, ZX SpectrumMicroProse Software, Inc.3.96
Starglider1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumRainbird Software3.83
B-241987Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.25
TeleWar1987AmigaSoftware Terminal2.80
Panzer Strike!1987Apple II, Commodore 64Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.33
Space Station Oblivion1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumEpyx, Inc.3.25
Battlehawks 19421988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSLucasfilm Games LLC3.64
Carrier Command1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.12
Battles of Napoleon1988Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.96
Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, MSX, NES, PC-88, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CDAccolade, Inc.3.74
Sex Vixens From Space1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSFree Spirit Software Inc.3.40
F-14 Tomcat1988Commodore 64Activision, Inc.3.87
Manhunter: New York1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.44
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.88
Battle Chess19883DO, Acorn 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.3.59
TeleEpic1988AmigaSoftware Terminal2.00
Heroes of the Lance1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.17
The President is Missing1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSCelery Software3.62
Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshMindscape, Inc.3.49
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Selected Covers

The President is Missing DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The President is Missing
B-24 Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for B-24
Battlehawks 1942 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Battlehawks 1942

Selected Screenshots

Game setup - opening a new account
Screenshot from The President is Missing
Title screen
Screenshot from TeleEpic
On the tarmac.
Screenshot from B-24