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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
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions1990DOS, SNESMindscape, Inc.3.99
Imperium Galactica1994DOSMirage Software3.31
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.01
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen1992DOS, FM Towns, PC-98New World Computing, Inc.4.04
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumImage Works3.70
Ragnarok1993DOSOptyk3.63
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade1991DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.96
Baoxiao Duobiqiu1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.4.17
Archipelagos1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSFanFare3.33
Battles of Destiny1992DOSQuantum Quality Productions1.81
Starglider 21988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.63
Starglider1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumRainbird Software3.83
Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf1989Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, DOS, GenesisSEGA of America, Inc.2.91
Manhunter: New York1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.44
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOSSierra On-Line, Inc.3.88
Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers1991Amiga, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.87
The Even More! Incredible Machine1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.40
The Dagger of Amon Ra1992DOS, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.75
Metal Mutant1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd.3.72
I Play: 3-D Soccer1991Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64Simulmondo2.12
Brain Artifice1991Amiga, DOSSoft Enterprises4.00
Star Wars: TIE Fighter1994DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace1992DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.69
The Summoning1992DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.79
Stronghold1993DOS, FM Towns, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.73
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Selected Covers

Battles of Destiny DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Battles of Destiny
Starglider 2 Amiga Front Cover
Front cover for Starglider 2
Stronghold DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stronghold

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Battles of Destiny
Title screen...
Screenshot from Starglider 2
Closeup of Stronghold
Screenshot from Stronghold