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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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Game TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Strike Aces1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumAccolade, Inc.3.98
Carrier Command1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.12
Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick1989Amiga, Apple IIgs, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.17
Knights of the Sky1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.22
Jack Nicklaus' Unlimited Golf & Course Design1990Amiga, DOS, SNESAccolade, Inc.3.23
B-241987Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.25
Starglider 21988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.63
Imperium Galactica1994DOSMirage Software3.31
Dungeon Hack1993DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.32
Panzer Strike!1987Apple II, Commodore 64Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.33
Archipelagos1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSFanFare3.33
Budokan: The Martial Spirit1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, BlackBerry, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, MSX, ZX SpectrumElectronic Arts, Inc.3.54
The Even More! Incredible Machine1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.40
Sex Vixens From Space1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSFree Spirit Software Inc.3.40
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.41
Elite1984Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.42
Manhunter: New York1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.44
F-15 Strike Eagle II1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, PC-98, Sharp X68000MicroProse Software, Inc.3.46
Polanie1996DOSHurtownia Oprogramowania USER3.46
Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshMindscape, Inc.3.49
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
Zero 51994Atari ST, JaguarTelegames, Inc.3.50
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.50
Liga Polska Manager '951995Amiga, DOSCGS3.50
Heartlight1991Amiga, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, DOSMoon Doggie3.54
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Selected Covers

Dungeon Hack DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Dungeon Hack
Manhunter: New York Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Manhunter: New York
Starglider 2 Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Starglider 2
Zero 5 Jaguar Front Cover
Front cover for Zero 5

Selected Screenshots

The character creation system is pretty powerful for a dungeon crawl.
Screenshot from Dungeon Hack
Title Screen
Screenshot from Manhunter: New York
Loading screen
Screenshot from Imperium Galactica
Title screen...
Screenshot from Starglider 2