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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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X-COM: UFO Defense1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PlayStation, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.4.00
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Selected Covers

X-COM: UFO Defense Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for X-COM: UFO Defense
Loom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Loom
Baoxiao Duobiqiu DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Baoxiao Duobiqiu
Black Gold DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Black Gold

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from D.R.A.G.O.N. Force
Opening Titles
Screenshot from X-COM: UFO Defense
Lucasfilm company logo (EGA)
Screenshot from Loom
Introduction
Screenshot from Baoxiao Duobiqiu