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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Electroman1992DOSEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.13
The Summoning1992DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.79
Lure of the Temptress1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, WindowsKonami of America, Inc.3.59
Battles of Destiny1992DOSQuantum Quality Productions...
The Ancient Art of War in the Skies1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.59
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisElectronic Arts, Inc.4.03
Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace1992DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.69
The Dark Queen of Krynn1992Amiga, DOS, MacintoshStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.67
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.79
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen1992DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.05
Jack Nicklaus Golf & Course Design: Signature Edition1992DOSAccolade, Inc.2.67
Die Hard 2: Die Harder1992Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSGrandslam Video Ltd.3.20
Special Forces1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.43
The Games '92 - España1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSOcean Software Ltd....
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
Burntime1993Amiga, DOSHit Squad, The3.79
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.03
The Even More! Incredible Machine1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.65
Theatre of Death1993Amiga, DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Operation Combat II: By Land, Sea & Air1993Amiga, DOSMemorex Software...
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.59
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Virgin Games, Inc.4.09
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.41
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Selected Covers

The Games '92 - España DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Games '92 - España
Burntime DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Burntime
KGB DOS Front Cover
Front cover for KGB
Die Hard 2: Die Harder DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from The Games '92 - España
The intro animation - before the bomb was dropped
Screenshot from Burntime
Main Title
Screenshot from KGB
Title screen.
Screenshot from Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Game group created by Indra is stressed (19942), additional games added to group by Steve (Andy) De George (8), Rola (7764), Patrick Bregger (159431), POMAH (39011), Cavalary (7271), piltdown_man (115964), Karsa Orlong (99980), Johan Jönsson (54), aqrit (1), Rwolf (11093), Victor Vance (6616), Jo ST (23482), NGC 5194 (17261), Jim Perry, vileyn0id_8088 (16761), Pseudo_Intellectual (47891), Terok Nor (23111), Игги Друге (44994), JudgeDeadd (15596) and Jeanne (75384)