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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Phobos '991994DOSZiP Soft3.70
Manhunter: New York1988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshSierra On-Line, Inc.3.72
Stronghold1993DOS, FM Towns, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.73
Global Conquest1992DOSMicroplay Software3.73
Populous1989Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, Macintosh, PC-98, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000, SNES, TurboGrafx-16, WindowsAcclaim Entertainment, Inc.3.75
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
Medieval Warriors1991Amiga, DOSMerit Software3.77
Gateway to the Savage Frontier1991Amiga, Commodore 64, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.77
F-15 Strike Eagle III1992DOSMicroProse Software, Inc.3.77
Eye of the Beholder1991Amiga, DOS, PC-98, SEGA CD, SNESCapcom U.S.A., Inc.3.78
F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.01991Amiga, DOS, Linux, Macintosh, PC-98, WindowsMicroProse Software, Inc.3.78
The Summoning1992DOS, PC-98Strategic Simulations, Inc.3.79
Burntime1993Amiga, DOSHit Squad, The3.79
KGB1992Amiga, DOSVirgin Games, Inc.3.81
Starglider1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumRainbird Software3.81
The Elder Scrolls: Arena1994DOSBethesda Softworks LLC3.82
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 Works3.84
Soccer Kid19933DO, Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, Game Boy Advance, Jaguar, PlayStation, SNES, Windows MobileOcean Software Ltd.3.85
Treasures of the Savage Frontier1992Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.85
F-14 Tomcat1988Commodore 64Activision, Inc.3.87
Gunship1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X68000, ZX SpectrumMicroProse Software, Inc.3.87
Ultima VI: The False Prophet1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, WindowsFCI3.88
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Selected Covers

F-15 Strike Eagle III DOS Front Cover
Front cover for F-15 Strike Eagle III
War of the Lance DOS Front Cover
Front cover for War of the Lance
Populous DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Populous
F-14 Tomcat Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for F-14 Tomcat

Selected Screenshots

title screen
Screenshot from F-15 Strike Eagle III
Title screen
Screenshot from War of the Lance
Title screen and copyright
Screenshot from Populous
Title screen
Screenshot from F-14 Tomcat