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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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
The Even More! Incredible Machine1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.65
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.00
Tanke Da Juezhan1993DOST-Time Technology Corp....
Soccer Kid19933DO, Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, PlayStation, SNES, Windows MobileOcean Software Ltd.3.84
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Championship Manager Italia1993Amiga, Atari ST, DOSDomark Software Ltd....
Magiczne Karty1993DOSVIPS...
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.11
Sam & Max: Hit the Road1993DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Literki - Cyferki1993DOSVIPS...
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.39
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Virgin Games, Inc.4.10
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.58
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
Operation Combat II: By Land, Sea & Air1993Amiga, DOSMemorex Software...
Master of Orion1993DOS, MacintoshGameTek, Inc.3.89
Theatre of Death1993Amiga, DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Smuś1993Amiga, Atari 8-bit, DOSL.K. Avalon4.03
Burntime1993Amiga, DOSHit Squad, The3.79
Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty1992Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.91
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis1992Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLucasfilm Games LLC4.06
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen1992DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.02
Spear of Destiny1992DOSFormGen, Inc.3.75
Cyber Empires1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.4.03
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Selected Covers

Spear of Destiny DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Spear of Destiny
Master of Orion DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Master of Orion
Theatre of Death DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Theatre of Death
Frontier: Elite II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Frontier: Elite II

Selected Screenshots

title screen
Screenshot from Spear of Destiny
Title screen
Screenshot from Master of Orion
Choose your commander
Screenshot from Theatre of Death
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