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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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Super Cars II1991Amiga, Atari STGBH Gold3.60
Battle Chess1988Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amiga CD32, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, CDTV, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, NES, PC-98, Sharp X68000, Windows 3.xData East USA, Inc.3.60
Star Fleet I: The War Begins!1985Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MacintoshInterstel Corporation3.59
D.R.A.G.O.N. Force1989Amiga, DOSInterstel Corporation...
Ardeny1994DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o....
Piotrków 19391995DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o....
Electroman1992DOSEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.08
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.3.79
Heroes of the Lance1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, NES, PC-88, PC-98, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumFCI2.75
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake1990J2ME, MSX, WiiKonami Industry Co. Ltd.4.21
Gods1991Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, BlackBerry, DOS, Genesis, PC-98, SNESKonami, Inc.3.82
Future Classics Collection1990Amiga, DOSLIVE Studios, Inc.1.83
Sen1995AmigaL.K. Avalon...
Smuś1993Amiga, Atari 8-bit, DOSL.K. Avalon4.03
Sheer Agony1995Atari STLogitron...
Golden Eagle1991Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOSLoriciel SA...
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.11
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Sam & Max: Hit the Road1993DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Gold of the Realm1988Amiga, Atari STMagnetic Images...
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KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.78
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Selected Covers

Super Cars II Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Super Cars II
Eye of the Beholder SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Eye of the Beholder
Electroman DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Electroman
Heroes of the Lance Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Heroes of the Lance

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Super Cars II
Historical background
Screenshot from Piotrków 1939
Title Screen
Screenshot from Eye of the Beholder
Title screen (Electro Body release)
Screenshot from Electroman
Game group created by Indra is stressed (19921), additional games added to group by Steve (Andy) De George (8), Rola (7743), Patrick Bregger (164972), POMAH (42163), Cavalary (8340), piltdown_man (128822), GTramp (54341), Karsa Orlong (119553), Johan Jönsson (54), JimmyA (3662), aqrit (1), Rwolf (13135), Victor Vance (7264), Jo ST (23475), NGC 5194 (17297), vileyn0id_8088 (17864), Pseudo_Intellectual (53356), Terok Nor (24038), Игги Друге (45000), JudgeDeadd (17452) and Jeanne (75346)