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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.

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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Manhunter: New York1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.44
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.09
Master of Orion1993DOS, MacintoshGameTek, Inc.3.88
Medieval Warriors1991Amiga, DOSMerit Software3.77
Metal Mutant1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd.3.72
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen1992DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.04
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.01
Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra1991Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA CD, SNES, TurboGrafx CDFCI3.97
Mindwheel1984Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSBrøderbund Software, Inc.4.00
Mortal Kombat1992Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA CD, SEGA Master System, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.54
Obsession1994Amiga, Atari STUnique Development Studios AB3.31
Operation Com●Bat1990Amiga, DOSMerit Software2.83
Operation Combat II: By Land, Sea & Air1993Amiga, DOSMemorex Software4.00
Oriental Games1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX SpectrumMicroStyle4.25
Panzer Strike!1987Apple II, Commodore 64Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.33
Phobos '991994DOSZiP Soft3.70
Piotrków 19391995DOSIPS Computer Group Sp. z o.o.2.80
Polanie1996DOSHurtownia Oprogramowania USER3.46
Pol-Gol!1996DOSAdersoft3.60
Pools of Darkness1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.63
Populous1989Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.66
The President is Missing1988Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSCelery Software3.62
Quarantine19943DO, DOS, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnGameTek, Inc.3.50
Ragnarok1993DOSOptyk3.63
RoboSport1991Amiga, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.3.98
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Selected Covers

Metal Mutant DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Metal Mutant
Obsession Atari ST Front Cover
Front cover for Obsession
Ragnarok DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Ragnarok
Quarantine DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Quarantine

Selected Screenshots

Historical background
Screenshot from Piotrków 1939
Title Screen (VGA)
Screenshot from Metal Mutant
The menu is a rotating 3D block!
Screenshot from Obsession
Opening Title
Screenshot from Ragnarok