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 descending orderPublisherUser Score
Phobos '991994DOSZiP Soft3.70
Treasures of the Savage Frontier1992Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.85
Grand Slam: World Class Tennis1986Amiga, MacintoshInfinity Software, Ltd....
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.81
Dune1992Amiga, DOS, SEGA CDVirgin Games, Inc.3.99
Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty1992Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.89
Magiczne Karty1993DOSVIPS2.67
Literki - Cyferki1993DOSVIPS2.67
War of the Lance1989Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.75
Obsession1994Amiga, Atari STUnique Development Studios AB3.31
Strike Aces1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumAccolade, Inc.3.98
Zero 51994Atari ST, JaguarTelegames, Inc.3.50
Speedway Manager '961996Amiga, DOSTechland Soft2.40
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.40
Panzer Strike!1987Apple II, Commodore 64Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.33
The Dark Queen of Krynn1992Amiga, DOS, MacintoshStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.67
Sword of Aragon1989Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.67
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
Stellar Crusade1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc....
Gateway to the Savage Frontier1991Amiga, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.77
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
Pools of Darkness1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.63
Champions of Krynn1990Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.61
Battles of Napoleon1988Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.96
B-241987Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.25
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Selected Covers

Phobos '99 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Phobos '99
Dune DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dune
Dungeon Hack DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dungeon Hack
Fantasy Empires DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Fantasy Empires

Selected Screenshots

Developers Logo
Screenshot from Phobos '99
Title screen
Screenshot from Literki - Cyferki
Title
Screenshot from Dune
The character creation system is pretty powerful for a dungeon crawl.
Screenshot from Dungeon Hack