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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The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumAccolade, Inc.3.14
Jack Nicklaus Golf & Course Design: Signature Edition1992DOSAccolade, Inc.2.67
The Games: Winter Challenge1991DOS, GenesisAccolade, Inc.3.79
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Wiraż1994AmigaAtares Sp. z o.o....
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Virgin Games, Inc.4.10
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The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.79
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Blizzard Entertainment Inc.3.70
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Wings1990Amiga, BlackBerry, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, WindowsCinemaware Corporation3.89
Burntime1993Amiga, DOSComputec Verlag GmbH & Co. KG3.79
The President is Missing1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSCelery Software...
Heartlight1991Amiga, Atari 8-bit, DOSMoon Doggie3.44
Championship Manager Italia1993Amiga, Atari ST, DOSDomark Software Ltd.3.20
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Selected Covers

WarCraft: Orcs & Humans DOS Front Cover
Front cover for WarCraft: Orcs & Humans
Wiraż Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Wiraż
RoboSport Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for RoboSport

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (main menu)
Screenshot from WarCraft: Orcs & Humans
Title screen
Screenshot from Wiraż
Title screen.
Screenshot from RoboSport
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