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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 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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Magiczne Karty1993DOSVIPS2.67
Literki - Cyferki1993DOSVIPS2.67
War of the Lance1989Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.80
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.3.41
Soccer Kid19933DO, Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, PlayStation, SNES, Windows MobileOcean Software Ltd.3.85
Battles of Napoleon1988Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.96
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Pools of Darkness1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.63
Panzer Strike!1987Apple II, Commodore 64Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.33
B-241987Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.25
Champions of Krynn1990Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.62
Eye of the Beholder1991Amiga, DOS, PC-98, SEGA CD, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.73
Sword of Aragon1989Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.67
Heroes of the Lance1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.17
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Selected Covers

War of the Lance DOS Front Cover
Front cover for War of the Lance
Stellar Crusade Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Stellar Crusade
Soccer Kid 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Soccer Kid
Zero 5 Jaguar Front Cover
Front cover for Zero 5
Frontier: Elite II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Frontier: Elite II

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from War of the Lance
Title screen (EGA)
Screenshot from Stellar Crusade
Alien ship (from the intro sequence)
Screenshot from Soccer Kid
Title screen
Screenshot from Zero 5
Imp Trader coming home...
Screenshot from Frontier: Elite II