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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.

Related Game Groups
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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Battles of Destiny1992DOSQuantum Quality Productions1.81
Lure of the Temptress1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, WindowsKonami of America, Inc.3.62
Global Conquest1992DOSMicroplay Software3.73
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.01
Burntime1993Amiga, DOSHit Squad, The3.79
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
Ragnarok1993DOSOptyk3.63
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, Windows 3.xVirgin Games, Inc.4.09
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.41
Sam & Max Hit the Road1993DOS, Macintosh, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.06
Theatre of Death1993Amiga, DOSPsygnosis Limited2.60
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.10
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.98
Soccer Kid19933DO, Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, PlayStation, SNES, Windows MobileOcean Software Ltd.3.85
Master of Orion1993DOS, MacintoshGameTek, Inc.3.88
Operation Combat II: By Land, Sea & Air1993Amiga, DOSMemorex Software4.00
Stronghold1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.73
Tanke Da Juezhan1993DOSGuangpu4.00
Championship Manager Italia1993Amiga, Atari ST, DOSDomark Software Ltd.4.00
Smuś1993Amiga, Atari 8-bit, DOSL.K. Avalon4.03
Literki - Cyferki1993DOSVIPS2.67
Magiczne Karty1993DOSVIPS2.67
The Even More! Incredible Machine1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.40
Wiraż1994AmigaAtares Sp. z o.o.3.00
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Selected Covers

Wiraż Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Wiraż
Ragnarok DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ragnarok
Dungeon Hack DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dungeon Hack
Master of Orion DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Master of Orion
Sam & Max Hit the Road DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Sam & Max Hit the Road

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Wiraż
Title screen
Screenshot from Tanke Da Juezhan
Opening Title
Screenshot from Ragnarok
The character creation system is pretty powerful for a dungeon crawl.
Screenshot from Dungeon Hack
Title screen
Screenshot from Master of Orion