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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Knights of the Sky1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.26
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Wii, ZX SpectrumKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.34
Ragnarok1992DOSOptyk3.63
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade1991DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.96
Demoniak1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd....
Baoxiao Duobiqiu1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd....
Harpoon1989Amiga, DOS, MacintoshThree-Sixty Pacific, Inc.3.93
Mortal Kombat1992Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA CD, SEGA Master System, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.59
Archipelagos1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSFanfare3.37
Theatre of Death1993Amiga, DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Battles of Destiny1992DOSQuantum Quality Productions...
First Contact1990Amiga, Atari STRainbird Software...
Carrier Command1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.66
Starglider1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.81
Starglider II1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.48
F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.01991Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.78
Elite1984Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, SAM Coupé, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.59
Daehyeoljeon1995DOSSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd....
Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf1989Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.95
Manhunter: New York1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.72
The Even More! Incredible Machine1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.65
Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (In Several Wrong Places)1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.75
Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.92
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.93
Metal Mutant1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd.3.92
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Selected Covers

Baoxiao Duobiqiu DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Baoxiao Duobiqiu
Mortal Kombat DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mortal Kombat
Archipelagos DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Archipelagos

Selected Screenshots

Introduction
Screenshot from Baoxiao Duobiqiu
Title Screen
Screenshot from Mortal Kombat
Title Screen
Screenshot from Archipelagos
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