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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.

Related Game Groups
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
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
TeleEpic1988AmigaSoftware Terminal2.00
Stellar Crusade1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc....
Starglider 21988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.63
Manhunter: New York1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.44
Espionage1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumGrandslam Entertainments Ltd.0.90
B-241987Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.25
Space Station Oblivion1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumEpyx, Inc.3.25
Panzer Strike!1987Apple II, Commodore 64Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.33
TeleWar1987AmigaSoftware Terminal2.80
Gunship1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, ZX SpectrumMicroProse Software, Inc.3.96
Grand Slam: World Class Tennis1986Amiga, MacintoshInfinity Software, Ltd....
Starglider1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumRainbird Software3.83
Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier1985Amiga, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64, Electron, iPad, iPhone, MSX, ZX SpectrumElite Systems Ltd.2.92
Star Fleet I: The War Begins!1985Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MacintoshInterstel Corporation3.76
Silent Service1985Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, PC-98, PC Booter, Thomson MO, Thomson TO, ZX SpectrumMicroProse Software, Inc.3.98
Elite1984Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.42
Mindwheel1984Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.4.00
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Selected Covers

Elite Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Elite
Espionage Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Espionage
Starglider 2 Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Starglider 2
Manhunter: New York Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Manhunter: New York

Selected Screenshots

Title Sequence
Screenshot from Elite
Title screen
Screenshot from TeleEpic
Title screen.
Screenshot from Espionage
Title screen...
Screenshot from Starglider 2
Title Screen
Screenshot from Manhunter: New York