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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 hardcopy 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. calenders, 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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Jack Nicklaus' Unlimited Golf & Course Design1990Amiga, DOS, SNESAccolade, Inc.3.23
Jack Nicklaus presents The Major Championship Courses of 19911991Amiga, DOSAccolade, Inc.4.00
Jack Nicklaus presents the Great Courses of The U.S. Open1991Amiga, DOSAccolade, Inc.4.00
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
Jack Nicklaus Golf & Course Design: Signature Edition1992DOSAccolade, Inc.2.67
Sam & Max Hit the Road1993DOS, Macintosh, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.06
F-14 Tomcat1988Commodore 64Activision, Inc.4.00
Pol-Gol!1996DOSAdersoft3.60
Sid Meier's Civilization1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation, SNES, Windows 3.xKOEI Corporation3.96
Wiraż1994AmigaAtares3.00
The Games '92 - España1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSOcean Software Ltd.1.14
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, Windows 3.xVirgin Games, Inc.4.06
The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.81
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Blizzard Entertainment Inc.3.62
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.88
Mindwheel1984Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.4.00
The President is Missing1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSCelery Software3.62
Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra1991Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA CD, SNES, TurboGrafx CDFCI3.97
Championship Manager Italia1993Amiga, Atari ST, DOSDomark Software Ltd.4.00
Budokan: The Martial Spirit1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, BlackBerry, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, MSX, ZX SpectrumElectronic Arts, Inc.3.54
The Legend of Kyrandia1992Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsVirgin Games, Inc.3.89
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick1989Amiga, Apple IIgs, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.17
Populous1989Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.66
The Magic Garden1991AmigaElectronic Zoo...
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Selected Covers

Sid Meier's Civilization DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Sid Meier's Civilization
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans DOS Front Cover
Front cover for WarCraft: Orcs & Humans
Pol-Gol! DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Pol-Gol!

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Sid Meier's Civilization
Title screen (main menu)
Screenshot from WarCraft: Orcs & Humans
Title screen
Screenshot from Pol-Gol!