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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
Manhunter: New York1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.44
Metal Mutant1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd.3.72
The Basket Manager1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSSimulmondo3.00
I Play: 3-D Soccer1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Simulmondo2.12
Brain Artifice1991Amiga, DOSSoft Enterprises4.00
Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra1991Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA CD, SNES, TurboGrafx CDFCI3.97
The Summoning1992DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.79
Stronghold1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.73
Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace1992DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.69
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
TeleEpic II1990AmigaSoftware Terminal2.00
TeleWar1987AmigaSoftware Terminal2.80
TeleWar II1988AmigaSoftware Terminal...
TeleEpic1988AmigaSoftware Terminal2.00
Lords of Doom1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSStarbyte Software3.77
Black Gold1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSStarbyte Software4.56
Champions of Krynn1990Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.62
Panzer Strike!1987Apple II, Commodore 64Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.33
The Dark Queen of Krynn1992Amiga, DOS, MacintoshStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.68
Battles of Napoleon1988Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.96
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
Stellar Crusade1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc....
B-241987Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.25
Gateway to the Savage Frontier1991Amiga, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.77
Pools of Darkness1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.63
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Selected Covers

Champions of Krynn DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Champions of Krynn
Lords of Doom Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Lords of Doom
Fantasy Empires DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Fantasy Empires
Stronghold DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stronghold
Black Gold DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Black Gold

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Champions of Krynn
Title screen
Screenshot from Lords of Doom
Silicon Knights logo
Screenshot from Fantasy Empires
Closeup of Stronghold
Screenshot from Stronghold
Title Screen
Screenshot from Black Gold