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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.

Related Game Groups
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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC3.98
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.09
Battlehawks 19421988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSLucasfilm Games LLC3.64
Harold's Mission1995Amiga, DOSMarkSoft3.00
Liga Polska Manager '951995Amiga, DOSCGS3.50
Liga Polska Manager '971997WindowsMarkSoft3.00
Burntime1993Amiga, DOSHit Squad, The3.79
Operation Combat II: By Land, Sea & Air1993Amiga, DOSMemorex Software4.00
Operation Com●Bat1990Amiga, DOSMerit Software2.83
Medieval Warriors1991Amiga, DOSMerit Software3.77
Elite1984Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.42
Global Conquest1992DOSMicroplay Software3.73
Carrier Command1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.12
Gunship1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, ZX SpectrumMicroProse Software, Inc.3.96
Special Forces1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.55
Knights of the Sky1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.22
F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.01991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.78
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.92
F-15 Strike Eagle III1992DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.58
Master of Orion1993DOS, MacintoshGameTek, Inc.3.88
Gunship 20001991Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.94
Oriental Games1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX SpectrumMicroStyle4.25
Mortal Kombat1992Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA CD, SEGA Master System, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.54
Wing Commander1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CD, SNESGameTap LLC3.93
Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshMindscape, Inc.3.49
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Selected Covers

Star Wars: X-Wing DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars: X-Wing
F-15 Strike Eagle III DOS Front Cover
Front cover for F-15 Strike Eagle III
Battlehawks 1942 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Battlehawks 1942
Gunship DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Gunship
Knights of the Sky Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Knights of the Sky

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Star Wars: X-Wing
title screen
Screenshot from F-15 Strike Eagle III
Title Shot... awesome!
Screenshot from Battlehawks 1942
Title Screen
Screenshot from Gunship
Title Screen
Screenshot from Knights of the Sky