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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Xenomorph1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSPandora3.32
Budokan: The Martial Spirit1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, BlackBerry, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, MSX, ZX SpectrumElectronic Arts, Inc.3.32
Panzer Strike!1987Apple II, Commodore 64Strategic Simulations, Inc....
Archipelagos1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSFanFare3.37
Elite1984Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, NES, SAM Coupé, Tatung Einstein, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.39
F-15 Strike Eagle II1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, PC-98, Sharp X68000MicroProse Software, Inc.3.40
Phobos '991994DOSZiP Soft...
Frontier: Elite II1993Amiga, Amiga CD32, Atari ST, DOSGameTek, Inc.3.41
Special Forces1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.43
Starglider II1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.44
Heartlight1991Amiga, Atari 8-bit, DOSMoon Doggie3.44
Carrier Command1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.45
Zero 51994Atari ST, JaguarTelegames, Inc....
Star Fleet I: The War Begins!1985Amiga, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MacintoshInterstel Corporation3.47
Ragnarok1992DOSOptyk3.49
Fantasy Empires1993DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.52
Mortal Kombat1992Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA CD, SEGA Master System, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.53
The Adventures of Robin Hood1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMillennium Interactive Ltd.3.54
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.54
Champions of Krynn1990Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.55
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.3.56
Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMindscape, Inc.3.58
Golden Axe1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Android, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Genesis, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows, WonderSwan Color, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumSEGA Corporation3.58
Battlehawks 19421988Amiga, Atari ST, DOSLucasfilm Games LLC3.59
The Ancient Art of War in the Skies1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.59
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Selected Covers

Mortal Kombat DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Mortal Kombat
Heartlight DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Heartlight
Zero 5 Jaguar Front Cover
Front cover for Zero 5
Panzer Strike! Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Panzer Strike!
F-15 Strike Eagle II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for F-15 Strike Eagle II

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Mortal Kombat
(Taken from the Epic web site.)
Screenshot from Heartlight
Title screen
Screenshot from Zero 5
Main menu (West Front theatre)
Screenshot from Panzer Strike!
Title screen (VGA)
Screenshot from F-15 Strike Eagle II
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