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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
X-COM: UFO Defense1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PlayStation, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.4.00
Jack Nicklaus Golf & Course Design: Signature Edition1992DOSAccolade, Inc.2.67
Jack Nicklaus presents The Major Championship Courses of 19911991Amiga, DOSAccolade, Inc.4.00
Jack Nicklaus presents the Great Courses of The U.S. Open1991Amiga, Apple IIgs, DOSAccolade, Inc.4.00
Jack Nicklaus' Unlimited Golf & Course Design1990Amiga, DOS, SNESAccolade, Inc.3.27
F-14 Tomcat1988Commodore 64Activision, Inc.3.87
Pol-Gol!1996DOSAdersoft3.60
The Official Everton F.C. Intelligensia1990Amiga, Atari STAmfas Computer Software Ltd...
Wiraż1994AmigaAtares Sp. z o.o.3.00
RoboSport1991Amiga, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.3.98
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.56
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Virgin Games, Inc.4.09
The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.82
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Blizzard Entertainment Inc.3.66
Mindwheel1984Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.4.00
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.94
The President is Missing1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSCelery Software3.62
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
Heartlight1991Amiga, Atari 8-bit, DOSMoon Doggie3.54
Loom1990Amiga, Atari ST, CDTV, DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, TurboGrafx CD, WindowsLucasfilm Games LLC4.05
Sam & Max: Hit the Road1993DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.07
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.3.32
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation1989Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Stormovik: SU-25 Soviet Attack Fighter1990DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.25
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Selected Covers

The Elder Scrolls: Arena DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Elder Scrolls: Arena
Sam & Max: Hit the Road DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Sam & Max: Hit the Road

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from The Elder Scrolls: Arena
Title screen
Screenshot from Sam & Max: Hit the Road