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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John Madden Football1990Amiga, GenesisElectronic Arts, Inc.3.67
The Dark Queen of Krynn1992Amiga, DOS, MacintoshStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.67
WarCraft: Orcs & Humans1994DOS, Macintosh, PC-98Blizzard Entertainment Inc.3.69
Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace1992DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.69
Phobos '991994DOSZiP Soft...
Stronghold1993DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.71
Manhunter: New York1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.72
Populous1989Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.73
Global Conquest1992DOSMicroplay Software...
Sword of Aragon1989Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.75
War of the Lance1989Apple II, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.75
Lords of Doom1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSSoftgold Computerspiele GmbH3.77
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Gateway to the Savage Frontier1991Amiga, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.77
F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.01991Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.78
Eye of the Beholder1991Amiga, DOS, PC-98, SEGA CD, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.78
The Summoning1992DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.79
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.79
Burntime1993Amiga, DOSHit Squad, The3.79
The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.80
Gods1991Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, BlackBerry, DOS, Genesis, PC-98, SNESKonami, Inc.3.81
Starglider1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumFirebird Licensees Inc.3.81
The Dagger of Amon Ra1992DOS, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, Xbox 360, ZX SpectrumImage Works3.83
Soccer Kid19933DO, Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, PlayStation, SNES, Windows MobileOcean Software Ltd.3.83
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Selected Covers

Stronghold DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Stronghold
Starglider DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Starglider
The Dagger of Amon Ra DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Dagger of Amon Ra
Gods Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Gods
Eye of the Beholder SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Eye of the Beholder

Selected Screenshots

For achievements in both city management and combat, you receive titles.
Screenshot from Stronghold
title screen
Screenshot from Starglider
Title screen
Screenshot from The Dagger of Amon Ra
Opening Titles (VGA)
Screenshot from Gods
Title Screen
Screenshot from Eye of the Beholder
Game group created by Indra is stressed (19942), additional games added to group by Steve (Andy) De George (8), Rola (7764), Patrick Bregger (159431), POMAH (39011), Cavalary (7271), piltdown_man (116103), Karsa Orlong (100428), Johan Jönsson (54), JimmyA (3472), aqrit (1), Rwolf (11093), Victor Vance (6617), Jo ST (23482), NGC 5194 (17261), Jim Perry, vileyn0id_8088 (16762), Pseudo_Intellectual (47892), Terok Nor (23121), Игги Друге (44994), JudgeDeadd (15602) and Jeanne (75379)