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.

Related Game Groups
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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 presents The Major Championship Courses of 19911991Amiga, DOSAccolade, Inc.4.00
Jack Nicklaus Golf & Course Design: Signature Edition1992DOSAccolade, Inc.2.67
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
Wiraż1994AmigaAtares Sp. z o.o.3.00
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Virgin Games, Inc.4.09
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.56
The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.82
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Blizzard Entertainment Inc.3.66
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.89
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
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
Sam & Max Hit the Road1993DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.07
Loom1990Amiga, Atari ST, CDTV, DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, TurboGrafx CD, WindowsLucasfilm Games LLC4.06
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.3.34
Ultima VI: The False Prophet1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, WindowsFCI3.88
John Madden Football1990Amiga, GenesisElectronic Arts, Inc.3.59
The Legend of Kyrandia1992Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsVirgin Games, Inc.3.91
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation1989Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick1989Amiga, Apple IIgs, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.17
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Selected Covers

Pol-Gol! DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Pol-Gol!
The President is Missing DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The President is Missing
F-14 Tomcat Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for F-14 Tomcat

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Pol-Gol!
Game setup - opening a new account
Screenshot from The President is Missing