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.

Related Game Groups
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Espionage1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumGrandslam Entertainments Ltd.1.09
The Basket Manager1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSSimulmondo...
The Games '92 - España1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSOcean Software Ltd.1.74
Gold of the Realm1988Amiga, Atari STMagnetic Images...
Battles of Destiny1992DOSQuantum Quality Productions...
Future Classics Collection1990Amiga, DOSLIVE Studios, Inc.1.83
TeleWar1987AmigaSoftware Terminal...
Armaëth: The Lost Kingdom1993DOSGrandslam Video Ltd.1.94
TeleEpic II1990AmigaSoftware Terminal...
TeleEpic1988AmigaSoftware Terminal...
I Play: 3-D Soccer1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Simulmondo...
Speedway Manager '961996Amiga, DOSTechland Soft...
Sheer Agony1995Atari STLogitron...
Ardeny1994DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o....
Fiendish Freddy's Big Top O' Fun1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumMindscape, Inc.2.62
Space Station Oblivion1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumEpyx, Inc.2.65
Jack Nicklaus Golf & Course Design: Signature Edition1992DOSAccolade, Inc.2.67
Magiczne Karty1993DOSVIPS...
Literki - Cyferki1993DOSVIPS...
Heroes of the Lance1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumFCI2.70
Theatre of Death1993Amiga, DOSPsygnosis Limited2.72
Oriental Games1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX SpectrumMicroStyle...
B-241987Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc....
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick1989Amiga, Apple IIgs, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.2.85
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Selected Covers

Gold of the Realm Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Gold of the Realm
Battles of Destiny DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Battles of Destiny
Space Station Oblivion DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Space Station Oblivion

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Gold of the Realm
Title screen (EGA/VGA)
Screenshot from The Basket Manager
Publisher Logo
Screenshot from I Play: 3-D Soccer
Title screen
Screenshot from Literki - Cyferki
Game group created by Indra is stressed (20710), additional games added to group by Steve (Andy) De George (8), Rola (8309), Patrick Bregger (195869), POMAH (49062), Cavalary (9778), piltdown_man (149514), GTramp (58865), Karsa Orlong (138017), Johan Jönsson (67), JimmyA (4603), aqrit (1), Rwolf (14907), Victor Vance (9917), Jo ST (24110), NGC 5194 (17485), vileyn0id_8088 (20336), Pseudo_Intellectual (59603), Terok Nor (26381), Игги Друге (46463), JudgeDeadd (20606) and Jeanne (76590)