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
F-15 Strike Eagle II1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, PC-98, Sharp X68000MicroProse Software, Inc.3.40
Eye of the Beholder1991Amiga, DOS, PC-98, SEGA CD, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.78
Lure of the Temptress1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, WindowsKonami of America, Inc.3.59
Future Classics Collection1990Amiga, DOSLIVE Studios, Inc.1.83
Smuś1993Amiga, Atari 8-bit, DOSL.K. Avalon4.03
Sheer Agony1995Atari STLogitron2.50
Golden Eagle1991Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOSLoriciel SA...
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.99
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.10
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis1992Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLucasfilm Games LLC4.06
Gold of the Realm1988Amiga, Atari STMagnetic Images1.75
Liga Polska Manager '971997WindowsMarkSoft3.00
Liga Polska Manager '951995Amiga, DOSCGS3.50
Harold's Mission1995Amiga, DOSMarkSoft3.00
Burntime1993Amiga, DOSHit Squad, The3.79
Operation Com●Bat1990Amiga, DOS, MacintoshMerit Software3.42
Operation Combat II: By Land, Sea & Air1993Amiga, DOSMemorex Software4.00
Medieval Warriors1991Amiga, DOSMerit Software3.77
Global Conquest1992DOSMicroplay Software3.73
Carrier Command1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.66
Gunship1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, ZX SpectrumMicroProse Software, Inc.3.87
Knights of the Sky1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.24
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.92
The Ancient Art of War in the Skies1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.59
F-15 Strike Eagle III1992DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.77
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Selected Covers

F-15 Strike Eagle II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for F-15 Strike Eagle II
Knights of the Sky Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Knights of the Sky
Global Conquest DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Global Conquest
Gunship DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Gunship
Lure of the Temptress Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Lure of the Temptress

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (VGA)
Screenshot from F-15 Strike Eagle II
Manual password check
Screenshot from Liga Polska Manager '97
Title Screen
Screenshot from Knights of the Sky
Title Screen
Screenshot from Global Conquest
Title Screen
Screenshot from Gunship