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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.

  • 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.

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First Contact1990Amiga, Atari STRainbird Software...
Knights of the Sky1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.24
The Curse of RA1990Amiga, Atari ST, CDTV, Commodore 64, DOSRainbow Arts Software GmbH4.00
The Basket Manager1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSSimulmondo3.00
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.92
Oriental Games1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX SpectrumMicroStyle4.25
Ultima VI: The False Prophet1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, WindowsFCI3.88
John Madden Football1990Amiga, GenesisElectronic Arts, Inc.3.59
Champions of Krynn1990Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.61
Loom1990Amiga, Atari ST, CDTV, DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, TurboGrafx CD, WindowsLucasfilm Games LLC4.05
Stormovik: SU-25 Soviet Attack Fighter1990DOSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.25
Future Classics Collection1990Amiga, DOSLIVE Studios, Inc.1.83
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions1990DOS, SNESMindscape, Inc.3.99
TeleEpic II1990AmigaSoftware Terminal2.00
Demoniak1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd....
Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.91
Gateway to the Savage Frontier1991Amiga, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.77
Pools of Darkness1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.63
Sid Meier's Civilization1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation, SNES, Windows 3.xKOEI Corporation3.95
Metal Mutant1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd.3.97
F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.01991Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.78
Heartlight1991Amiga, Atari 8-bit, DOSMoon Doggie3.54
Eye of the Beholder1991Amiga, DOS, PC-98, SEGA CD, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.78
Gunship 20001991Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.4.01
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade1991DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.96
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Selected Covers

Sid Meier's Civilization DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Sid Meier's Civilization
Loom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Loom
Knights of the Sky Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Knights of the Sky

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Sid Meier's Civilization
Lucasfilm company logo (EGA)
Screenshot from Loom
Title Screen
Screenshot from Knights of the Sky