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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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King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.87
The Even More! Incredible Machine1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.40
Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.86
The Dagger of Amon Ra1992DOS, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.74
Manhunter: New York1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.44
Metal Mutant1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd.3.67
I Play: 3-D Soccer1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Simulmondo2.12
The Basket Manager1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSSimulmondo3.00
Brain Artifice1991Amiga, DOSSoft Enterprises4.00
Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra1991Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA CD, SNES, TurboGrafx CDFCI3.95
The Summoning1992DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.79
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Stronghold1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.73
Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace1992DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.69
TeleEpic II1990AmigaSoftware Terminal2.00
TeleWar II1988AmigaSoftware Terminal...
TeleWar1987AmigaSoftware Terminal2.80
TeleEpic1988AmigaSoftware Terminal2.00
Black Gold1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSStarbyte Software4.56
Lords of Doom1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSSoftgold Computerspiele GmbH3.77
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
The Dark Queen of Krynn1992Amiga, DOS, MacintoshStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.67
Champions of Krynn1990Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.62
Sword of Aragon1989Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.67
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Selected Covers

Star Wars: TIE Fighter DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars: TIE Fighter
Metal Mutant DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Metal Mutant
Stronghold DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stronghold

Selected Screenshots

Title - Star Wars
Screenshot from Star Wars: TIE Fighter
Title screen
Screenshot from TeleEpic
Title Screen (VGA)
Screenshot from Metal Mutant