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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
The Dark Queen of Krynn1992Amiga, DOS, MacintoshStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.67
Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty1992Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.89
Die Hard 2: Die Harder1992Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSGrandslam Video Ltd.3.20
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen1992DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.04
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.81
The Summoning1992DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.79
The Ancient Art of War in the Skies1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.59
Burntime1993Amiga, DOSHit Squad, The3.79
Ragnarok1993DOSOptyk3.63
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.56
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Virgin Games, Inc.4.09
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.40
Theatre of Death1993Amiga, DOSPsygnosis Limited2.60
Sam & Max Hit the Road1993DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.07
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.10
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.99
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
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Selected Covers

Soccer Kid 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Soccer Kid
Stronghold DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stronghold
Star Wars: X-Wing DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars: X-Wing
Die Hard 2: Die Harder DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Selected Screenshots

Alien ship (from the intro sequence)
Screenshot from Soccer Kid
Closeup of Stronghold
Screenshot from Stronghold
Title Screen
Screenshot from Star Wars: X-Wing
Title screen.
Screenshot from Die Hard 2: Die Harder