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.

  • 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.
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 orderPublisherUser Score
Oriental Games1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX SpectrumMicroStyle...
Wing Commander1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CD, SNESGameTap LLC3.97
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions1990DOS, SNESMindscape, Inc.3.99
Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMindscape, Inc.3.58
Fiendish Freddy's Big Top O' Fun1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumMindscape, Inc.2.62
Imperium Galactica1994DOSMirage Software...
The Games '92 - España1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSOcean Software Ltd.1.74
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen1992DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.02
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Wii, ZX SpectrumKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.31
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade1991DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.96
Demoniak1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd....
Baoxiao Duobiqiu1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd....
Mortal Kombat1992Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA CD, SEGA Master System, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.53
Theatre of Death1993Amiga, DOSPsygnosis Limited2.72
Battles of Destiny1992DOSQuantum Quality Productions...
First Contact1990Amiga, Atari STRainbird Software...
Starglider1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.83
Carrier Command1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.45
Starglider II1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.44
F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.01991Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.79
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.3.39
Daehyeoljeon1995DOSSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd....
Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf1989Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.95
Golden Axe1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Android, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, WonderSwan Color, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumSEGA Corporation3.58
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Selected Covers

Oriental Games Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Oriental Games
Baoxiao Duobiqiu DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Baoxiao Duobiqiu
Carrier Command DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Carrier Command
Elite Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Elite

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Oriental Games
Screenshot from Baoxiao Duobiqiu
Start Screen
Screenshot from Carrier Command
Title Sequence
Screenshot from Elite
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