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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.

  • 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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Liga Polska Manager '971997WindowsMarkSoft3.00
Polanie1996DOSHurtownia Oprogramowania USER3.46
Speedway Manager '961996Amiga, DOSTechland Soft2.40
Liga Polska Manager '951995Amiga, DOSCGS3.50
Harold's Mission1995Amiga, DOSMarkSoft3.00
Piotrków 19391995DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o.2.80
Ardeny1994DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o.2.40
Phobos '991994DOSZiP Soft3.70
The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.95
Imperium Galactica1994DOSMirage Software3.31
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Blizzard Entertainment Inc.3.62
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
Wiraż1994AmigaAtares Sp. z o.o.3.00
X-COM: UFO Defense1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PlayStation, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.4.00
Baoxiao Duobiqiu1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.4.17
Zero 51994Atari ST, JaguarTelegames, Inc.3.50
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Master of Orion1993DOS, MacintoshGameTek, Inc.3.88
Burntime1993Amiga, DOSHit Squad, The3.79
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
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Selected Covers

Baoxiao Duobiqiu DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Baoxiao Duobiqiu
Fantasy Empires DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Fantasy Empires
Polanie DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Polanie
Star Wars: TIE Fighter DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars: TIE Fighter
Harold's Mission DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harold's Mission

Selected Screenshots

Historical background
Screenshot from Piotrków 1939
Loading screen
Screenshot from Imperium Galactica
Screenshot from Baoxiao Duobiqiu
Silicon Knights logo
Screenshot from Fantasy Empires
(Polanie) Title screen - floppy disk release
Screenshot from Polanie