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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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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
The Summoning1992DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.79
TeleEpic1988AmigaSoftware Terminal2.00
TeleEpic II1990AmigaSoftware Terminal2.00
TeleWar II1988AmigaSoftware Terminal...
TeleWar1987AmigaSoftware Terminal2.80
Black Gold1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSStarbyte Software4.56
Lords of Doom1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSStarbyte Software3.77
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
Heroes of the Lance1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.17
The Dark Queen of Krynn1992Amiga, DOS, MacintoshStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.64
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
B-241987Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.25
Panzer Strike!1987Apple II, Commodore 64Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.33
Battles of Napoleon1988Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.96
Stellar Crusade1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc....
Sword of Aragon1989Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.67
Eye of the Beholder1991Amiga, DOS, PC-98, SEGA CD, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.73
Champions of Krynn1990Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.62
Pools of Darkness1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.63
Gateway to the Savage Frontier1991Amiga, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.77
Soccer Kid19933DO, Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, PlayStation, SNES, Windows MobileOcean Software Ltd.3.85
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.41
Speedway Manager '961996Amiga, DOSTechland Soft2.40
Zero 51994Atari ST, JaguarTelegames, Inc.3.50
Strike Aces1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumAccolade, Inc.3.98
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Selected Covers

Soccer Kid 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Soccer Kid
Eye of the Beholder SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Eye of the Beholder
Heroes of the Lance Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Heroes of the Lance
Dungeon Hack DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dungeon Hack
Strike Aces DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Strike Aces

Selected Screenshots

Alien ship (from the intro sequence)
Screenshot from Soccer Kid
Title screen
Screenshot from TeleEpic
Title Screen
Screenshot from Eye of the Beholder
Title screen (EGA)
Screenshot from Heroes of the Lance
The character creation system is pretty powerful for a dungeon crawl.
Screenshot from Dungeon Hack