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.

Related Game Groups
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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty1992Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.89
The Dagger of Amon Ra1992DOS, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.78
The Ancient Art of War in the Skies1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.59
Mortal Kombat1992Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA CD, SEGA Master System, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.57
F-15 Strike Eagle III1992DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.77
The Legend of Kyrandia1992Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsVirgin Games, Inc.3.91
Lure of the Temptress1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, WindowsKonami of America, Inc.3.60
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.81
The Dark Queen of Krynn1992Amiga, DOS, MacintoshStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.67
Special Forces1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.43
The Summoning1992DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.79
Battles of Destiny1992DOSQuantum Quality Productions1.81
Dune1992Amiga, DOS, SEGA CDVirgin Games, Inc.3.98
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis1992Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLucasfilm Games LLC4.05
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.3.85
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 Corporation3.96
Metal Mutant1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd.3.67
F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.01991Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98MicroProse 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.4.00
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
The Summoning DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Summoning
The Dagger of Amon Ra DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Dagger of Amon Ra

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from Sid Meier's Civilization
main title
Screenshot from The Summoning
Title screen
Screenshot from The Dagger of Amon Ra