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.

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Keef the Thief: A Boy and His Lockpick1989Amiga, Apple IIgs, DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.17
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King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.88
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Selected Covers

Manhunter: New York Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Manhunter: New York
KGB DOS Front Cover
Front cover for KGB
Medieval Warriors DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Medieval Warriors

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Manhunter: New York
Main Title
Screenshot from KGB
The title screen displays in a higher resolution than the rest of the game.
Screenshot from Medieval Warriors