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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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.3.03
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Elite1984Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.59
Speedway Manager '961996Amiga, DOSTechland Soft...
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Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
Champions of Krynn1990Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.60
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
Gateway to the Savage Frontier1991Amiga, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.77
The Dark Queen of Krynn1992Amiga, DOS, MacintoshStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.67
Stellar Crusade1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc....
Pools of Darkness1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.63
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Selected Covers

Stellar Crusade Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Stellar Crusade
Obsession Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Obsession
War of the Lance DOS Front Cover
Front cover for War of the Lance
Speedway Manager '96 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Speedway Manager '96

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (EGA)
Screenshot from Stellar Crusade
The menu is a rotating 3D block!
Screenshot from Obsession
Title screen
Screenshot from War of the Lance
Title screen
Screenshot from Speedway Manager '96
Game group created by Indra is stressed (19942), additional games added to group by Steve (Andy) De George (8), Rola (7765), Patrick Bregger (159494), POMAH (39011), Cavalary (7279), piltdown_man (116619), Karsa Orlong (100431), Johan Jönsson (54), JimmyA (3472), aqrit (1), Rwolf (11095), Victor Vance (6627), Jo ST (23483), NGC 5194 (17261), Jim Perry, vileyn0id_8088 (16822), Pseudo_Intellectual (47892), Terok Nor (23157), Игги Друге (44994), JudgeDeadd (15664) and Jeanne (75379)