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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688 Attack Sub1989Amiga, DOS, Genesis, PC-98Electronic Arts, Inc.3.20
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
Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf1989Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.95
The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumAccolade, Inc.3.14
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumImage Works3.84
F-15 Strike Eagle II1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, PC-98, Sharp X68000MicroProse Software, Inc.3.40
Harpoon1989Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Three-Sixty Pacific, Inc.3.97
War of the Lance1989Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.75
Budokan: The Martial Spirit1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, BlackBerry, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, MSX, ZX SpectrumElectronic Arts, Inc.3.32
Populous1989Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.80
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick1989Amiga, Apple IIgs, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.2.85
Sword of Aragon1989Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.69
Fiendish Freddy's Big Top O' Fun1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumMindscape, Inc.2.62
D.R.A.G.O.N. Force1989Amiga, DOSInterstel Corporation...
Strike Aces1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumAccolade, Inc.3.03
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Wii, ZX SpectrumKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.31
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation1989Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.66
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Archipelagos1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSFanFare3.37
Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx CDAccolade, Inc.3.67
Carrier Command1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.45
Gold of the Realm1988Amiga, Atari STMagnetic Images...
Sex Vixens From Space1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSFree Spirit Software Inc.3.24
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Selected Covers

Golden Axe Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Golden Axe
Gold of the Realm Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Gold of the Realm
688 Attack Sub DOS Front Cover
Front cover for 688 Attack Sub
F-15 Strike Eagle II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for F-15 Strike Eagle II

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Golden Axe
Title screen
Screenshot from Gold of the Realm
Screenshot from Sex Vixens From Space
Title screen
Screenshot from 688 Attack Sub
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