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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Championship Manager Italia1993Amiga, Atari ST, DOSDomark Software Ltd.4.00
D.R.A.G.O.N. Force1989Amiga, DOSInterstel Corporation4.00
Tanke Da Juezhan1993DOSGuangpu4.00
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.01
Smuś1993Amiga, Atari 8-bit, DOSL.K. Avalon4.03
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen1992DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.04
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis1992Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLucasfilm Games LLC4.04
Loom1990Amiga, Atari ST, CDTV, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, TurboGrafx CD, WindowsLucasfilm Games LLC4.06
Sam & Max Hit the Road1993DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.06
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Virgin Games, Inc.4.09
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.10
Baoxiao Duobiqiu1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.4.17
Stormovik: SU-25 Soviet Attack Fighter1990DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.25
Universe 31989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSOmnitrend Software, Inc.4.50
Black Gold1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSStarbyte Software4.56
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Gold of the Realm1988Amiga, Atari STMagnetic Images...
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First Contact1990Amiga, Atari STRainbird Software...
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Golden Eagle1991Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOSLoriciel SA...
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Selected Covers

Stellar Crusade Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Stellar Crusade
First Contact Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for First Contact
Gold of the Realm Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Gold of the Realm

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (EGA)
Screenshot from Stellar Crusade
Loading screen.
Screenshot from First Contact
A scene from the introduction. This is the bad guy licking out the last few drops from someone's skull
Screenshot from Demoniak