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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.

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Strike Aces1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumAccolade, Inc.3.98
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Wii, ZX SpectrumKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.23
Archipelagos1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSFanfare3.33
Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf1989Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.84
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Populous1989Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.65
F-15 Strike Eagle II1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, PC-98, Sharp X68000MicroProse Software, Inc.3.40
Universe 31989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSOmnitrend Software, Inc.4.50
War of the Lance1989Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.80
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick1989Amiga, Apple IIgs, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.17
Stunts1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Brøderbund Software, Inc.3.89
Oriental Games1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX SpectrumMicroStyle4.25
The Basket Manager1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSSimulmondo3.00
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Operation Com●Bat1990Amiga, DOSMerit Software2.83
First Contact1990Amiga, Atari STRainbird Software...
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Selected Covers

The Curse of RA DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Curse of RA
War of the Lance DOS Front Cover
Front cover for War of the Lance
Archipelagos DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Archipelagos

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu
Screenshot from The Curse of RA
Introduction
Screenshot from Sex Vixens From Space
Title screen
Screenshot from War of the Lance