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 Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Wing Commander1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CD, SNESGameTap LLC3.97
F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.01991Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.79
World Circuit1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.92
The Games: Winter Challenge1991DOS, GenesisAccolade, Inc.3.79
Heartlight1991Amiga, Atari 8-bit, DOSMoon Doggie3.44
The Adventures of Robin Hood1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMillennium Interactive Ltd.3.54
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants1991Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Game Gear, Genesis, NES, SEGA Master System, ZX SpectrumAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.16
Metal Mutant1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd.3.91
Sid Meier's Civilization1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation, SNES, Windows 3.xKOEI Corporation3.95
Medieval Warriors1991Amiga, DOSMerit Software...
Pools of Darkness1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.63
Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.91
Super Cars II1991Amiga, Atari STGBH Gold3.60
Gods1991Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, BlackBerry, DOS, Genesis, PC-98, SNESKonami, Inc.3.81
Gateway to the Savage Frontier1991Amiga, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.72
I Play: 3-D Soccer1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Simulmondo...
Black Gold1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSStarbyte Software4.56
Jack Nicklaus presents the Great Courses of The U.S. Open1991Amiga, Apple IIgs, DOSAccolade, Inc....
Jack Nicklaus presents The Major Championship Courses of 19911991Amiga, DOSAccolade, Inc....
Brain Artifice1991Amiga, DOSSoft Enterprises...
The Magic Garden1991AmigaElectronic Zoo...
Golden Eagle1991Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOSLoriciel SA...
Demoniak1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd....
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade1991DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.96
Gunship 20001991Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.95
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Selected Covers

Pools of Darkness DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Pools of Darkness
Gods DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Gods
Super Cars II Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Super Cars II

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Pools of Darkness
Publisher Logo
Screenshot from I Play: 3-D Soccer
Opening Titles (VGA)
Screenshot from Gods
Title screen
Screenshot from Super Cars II
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