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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.

  • 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.

Related Game Groups
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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
The President is Missing1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSCelery Software3.62
F-14 Tomcat1988Commodore 64Activision, Inc.3.87
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
Battlehawks 19421988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSLucasfilm Games LLC3.64
Carrier Command1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.66
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation1989Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
Harpoon1989Amiga, DOS, MacintoshThree-Sixty Pacific, Inc.3.93
D.R.A.G.O.N. Force1989Amiga, DOSInterstel Corporation4.00
F-15 Strike Eagle II1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, PC-98, Sharp X68000MicroProse Software, Inc.3.40
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumImage Works3.84
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick1989Amiga, Apple IIgs, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.03
War of the Lance1989Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.75
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.3.40
Universe 31989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSOmnitrend Software, Inc.4.50
Archipelagos1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSFanfare3.33
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.3.75
Sword of Aragon1989Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.75
Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf1989Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.84
Jack Nicklaus' Unlimited Golf & Course Design1990Amiga, DOS, SNESAccolade, Inc.3.27
Lords of Doom1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSSoftgold Computerspiele GmbH3.77
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.94
Wing Commander1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CD, SNESGameTap LLC3.95
Operation Com●Bat: Computer Battle Game1990Amiga, DOS, MacintoshMerit Software3.42
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Selected Covers

Stunts DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stunts

Selected Screenshots

4D Sports Driving v1.1 title screen
Screenshot from Stunts