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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Golden Eagle1991Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOSLoriciel SA...
Sam & Max: Hit the Road1993DOS, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.08
Star Wars: X-Wing1993DOSLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.00
Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle1993DOS, MacintoshLucasArts Entertainment Company LLC4.11
Gold of the Realm1988Amiga, Atari STMagnetic Images...
Harold's Mission1995Amiga, DOSMarkSoft...
Liga Polska Manager '971997WindowsMarkSoft...
Liga Polska Manager '951995Amiga, DOSCGS...
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.79
Medieval Warriors1991Amiga, DOSMerit Software...
Operation Combat II: By Land, Sea & Air1993Amiga, DOSMemorex Software...
Operation Com●Bat: Computer Battle Game1990Amiga, DOS, MacintoshMerit Software...
Global Conquest1992DOSMicroplay Software...
Lightspeed1990DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.69
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon1990Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, FM Towns, Macintosh, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.91
Special Forces1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.43
The Ancient Art of War in the Skies1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.59
F-15 Strike Eagle III1992DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.75
Gunship 20001991Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.95
Master of Orion1993DOS, MacintoshGameTek, Inc.3.89
Microprose Limited Edition: Civilization + Colonization1994DOSMicroProse Ltd....
X-COM: UFO Defense1994Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PlayStation, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.4.02
Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon Deluxe1993DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.3.81
Sid Meier's Civilization1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation, SNES, Windows 3.xKOEI Corporation3.95
Oriental Games1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX SpectrumMicroStyle...
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Selected Covers

Master of Orion DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Master of Orion
Medieval Warriors DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Medieval Warriors
Star Wars: X-Wing DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars: X-Wing
KGB DOS Front Cover
Front cover for KGB

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Master of Orion
The title screen displays in a higher resolution than the rest of the game.
Screenshot from Medieval Warriors
Title Screen
Screenshot from Star Wars: X-Wing
Main Title
Screenshot from KGB
Game group created by Indra is stressed (20731), additional games added to group by Steve (Andy) De George (8), Rola (8309), Patrick Bregger (192194), POMAH (49063), Cavalary (9410), piltdown_man (145482), GTramp (58347), Karsa Orlong (136676), Johan Jönsson (66), JimmyA (4599), aqrit (1), Rwolf (14549), Victor Vance (9468), Jo ST (24113), NGC 5194 (17485), vileyn0id_8088 (20300), Pseudo_Intellectual (59098), Terok Nor (26230), Игги Друге (46468), JudgeDeadd (19727) and Jeanne (76599)