Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Championship Manager Italia1993Amiga, Atari ST, DOSDomark Software Ltd.4.00
Magiczne Karty1993DOSVIPS2.67
Literki - Cyferki1993DOSVIPS2.67
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.09
Sam & Max Hit the Road1993DOS, Macintosh, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.06
Tanke Da Juezhan1993DOSGuangpu4.00
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.41
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, Windows 3.xVirgin Games, Inc.4.09
Master of Orion1993DOS, MacintoshGameTek, Inc.3.88
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
Operation Combat II: By Land, Sea & Air1993Amiga, DOSMemorex Software4.00
Smuś1993Amiga, Atari 8-bit, DOSL.K. Avalon4.03
Burntime1993Amiga, DOSHit Squad, The3.79
The Summoning1992DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.79
Jack Nicklaus Golf & Course Design: Signature Edition1992DOSAccolade, Inc.2.67
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.78
The Dagger of Amon Ra1992DOS, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.75
The Dark Queen of Krynn1992Amiga, DOS, MacintoshStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.64
F-15 Strike Eagle III1992DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.58
Treasures of the Savage Frontier1992Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.85
The Legend of Kyrandia1992Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsVirgin Games, Inc.3.89
Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace1992DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.69
Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty1992Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.87
Dune1992Amiga, DOS, SEGA CDVirgin Games, Inc.3.96
Special Forces1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.55
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Selected Covers

Dungeon Hack DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dungeon Hack
Master of Orion DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Master of Orion
The Dark Queen of Krynn DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Dark Queen of Krynn
Frontier: Elite II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Frontier: Elite II
The Dagger of Amon Ra DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Dagger of Amon Ra

Selected Screenshots

The character creation system is pretty powerful for a dungeon crawl.
Screenshot from Dungeon Hack
Title screen
Screenshot from Master of Orion
Title
Screenshot from The Dark Queen of Krynn
Imp Trader coming home...
Screenshot from Frontier: Elite II