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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
IndyCar Racing1993DOSPapyrus Publishing, Inc.3.59
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.03
The Even More! Incredible Machine1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.65
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
Master of Orion1993DOS, MacintoshGameTek, Inc.3.88
Smuś1993Amiga, Atari 8-bit, DOSL.K. Avalon4.03
Championship Manager Italia1993Amiga, Atari ST, DOSDomark Software Ltd....
Tanke Da Juezhan1993DOSGuangpu...
Stronghold1993DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.71
Operation Combat II: By Land, Sea & Air1993Amiga, DOSMemorex Software...
Soccer Kid19933DO, Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, PlayStation, SNES, Windows MobileOcean Software Ltd.3.83
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Magiczne Karty1993DOSVIPS...
Theatre of Death1993Amiga, DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.10
Literki - Cyferki1993DOSVIPS...
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.41
Dune1992Amiga, DOS, SEGA CDVirgin Games, Inc.3.99
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 LLC4.07
The Legend of Kyrandia1992Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsVirgin Games, Inc.3.91
F-15 Strike Eagle III1992DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.85
The Dagger of Amon Ra1992DOS, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
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Selected Covers

Frontier: Elite II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Frontier: Elite II
Fantasy Empires DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Fantasy Empires
The Legend of Kyrandia DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Legend of Kyrandia
Soccer Kid 3DO Front Cover
Front cover for Soccer Kid

Selected Screenshots

Imp Trader coming home...
Screenshot from Frontier: Elite II
Silicon Knights logo
Screenshot from Fantasy Empires
Westwood Studios company logo
Screenshot from The Legend of Kyrandia
Alien ship (from the intro sequence)
Screenshot from Soccer Kid
Game group created by Indra is stressed (19942), additional games added to group by Steve (Andy) De George (8), Rola (7764), Patrick Bregger (159431), POMAH (39011), Cavalary (7271), piltdown_man (115971), Karsa Orlong (99980), Johan Jönsson (54), aqrit (1), Rwolf (11093), Victor Vance (6616), Jo ST (23482), NGC 5194 (17261), Jim Perry, vileyn0id_8088 (16761), Pseudo_Intellectual (47891), Terok Nor (23111), Игги Друге (44994), JudgeDeadd (15596) and Jeanne (75384)