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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.

  • 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.

Related Game Groups
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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Special Forces1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.43
Gunship 20001991Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, PC-98MicroProse Software, Inc.4.01
Sid Meier's Civilization1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation, SNES, Windows 3.xKOEI Corporation3.95
Master of Orion1993DOS, MacintoshGameTek, Inc.3.88
Oriental Games1990Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX SpectrumMicroStyle4.25
Mortal Kombat1992Amiga, Arcade, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SEGA CD, SEGA Master System, SNESAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.57
Wing Commander1990Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CD, SNESGameTap LLC3.95
Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshMindscape, Inc.3.49
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions1990DOS, SNESMindscape, Inc.3.99
Imperium Galactica1994DOSMirage Software3.31
The Games '92 - España1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOSOcean Software Ltd.1.14
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, MSX, NES, Wii, ZX SpectrumKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc.3.40
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade1991DOSORIGIN Systems, Inc.3.96
Demoniak1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSPalace Software, Ltd....
Baoxiao Duobiqiu1994DOSPanda Entertainment Technology Co., Ltd.4.17
Harpoon1989Amiga, DOS, MacintoshThree-Sixty Pacific, Inc.3.93
Archipelagos1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOSFanfare3.33
Theatre of Death1993Amiga, DOSPsygnosis Limited2.60
Battles of Destiny1992DOSQuantum Quality Productions1.81
First Contact1990Amiga, Atari STRainbird Software...
Starglider 21988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98, ZX SpectrumMicroplay Software3.48
Starglider1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumRainbird Software3.81
F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.01991Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.78
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Selected Covers

Battles of Destiny DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Battles of Destiny
Master of Orion DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Master of Orion

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Battles of Destiny
Title screen
Screenshot from Master of Orion