Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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Speedway Manager '961996Amiga, DOSTechland Soft2.40
Space Station Oblivion1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumEpyx, Inc.3.25
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Magiczne Karty1993DOSVIPS2.67
Literki - Cyferki1993DOSVIPS2.67
Oriental Games1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX SpectrumMicroStyle4.25
Piotrków 19391995DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o.2.80
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Operation Com●Bat1990Amiga, DOSMerit Software2.83
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
Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf1989Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.91
Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier1985Amiga, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, Electron, iPad, iPhone, MSX, ZX SpectrumElite Systems Ltd.2.92
Liga Polska Manager '971997WindowsMarkSoft3.00
Harold's Mission1995Amiga, DOSMarkSoft3.00
Wiraż1994AmigaAtares Sp. z o.o.3.00
Strike Aces1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumAccolade, Inc.3.98
Carrier Command1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.12
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Selected Covers

Strike Aces DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Strike Aces
Harold's Mission DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Harold's Mission
Battles of Destiny DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Battles of Destiny

Selected Screenshots

Historical background
Screenshot from Piotrków 1939
Title screen
Screenshot from TeleWar
Title screen
Screenshot from Literki - Cyferki
Title screen
Screenshot from Strike Aces