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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Budokan: The Martial Spirit1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, BlackBerry, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, MSX, ZX SpectrumElectronic Arts, Inc.3.32
Lotus: The Ultimate Challenge1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisElectronic Arts, Inc.3.96
Battle Chess1988Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amiga CD32, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, CDTV, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, NES, PC-98, Sharp X68000, Windows 3.xData East USA, Inc.3.57
The Legend of Kyrandia1992Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsVirgin Games, Inc.3.89
Stormovik: SU-25 Soviet Attack Fighter1990DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.25
Ultima VI: The False Prophet1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, WindowsFCI3.88
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick1989Amiga, Apple IIgs, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.2.85
The Magic Garden1991AmigaElectronic Zoo...
California Games II1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, SEGA Master System, SNESDTMC, Inc.2.90
The Curse of RA1990Amiga, Atari ST, CDTV, Commodore 64, DOSRainbow Arts Software GmbH4.00
Archipelagos1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSFanFare3.37
Spear of Destiny1992DOSFormGen, Inc.3.75
Sex Vixens From Space1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSFree Spirit Software Inc.3.24
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.54
Stronghold1993DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.71
Armaëth: The Lost Kingdom1993DOSGrandslam Video Ltd.1.94
Die Hard 2: Die Harder1992Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSGrandslam Video Ltd.3.14
Espionage1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumGrandslam Entertainments Ltd.1.09
World Circuit1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.92
Lure of the Temptress1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, WindowsKonami of America, Inc.3.62
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
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants1991Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Gear, Genesis, NES, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.16
John Madden Football1990Amiga, GenesisElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
688 Attack Sub1989Amiga, DOS, Genesis, PC-98Electronic Arts, Inc.3.20
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation1989Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.66
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Selected Covers

Espionage Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Espionage
The Legend of Kyrandia DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Legend of Kyrandia
John Madden Football Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for John Madden Football
Battle Chess DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Battle Chess

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Espionage
Westwood Studios company logo
Screenshot from The Legend of Kyrandia
Title screen
Screenshot from John Madden Football
Title screen (EGA)
Screenshot from Battle Chess
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