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Games with code-wheel copy protection

Group Description

Games that use copy protection in the form of a paper or equivalent code-wheel. Code-wheels usually consist of two wheels included with the game. These wheels usually have holes which, when used together by the player, will overlap and identify a specific letter, word, or symbol based on in-game copy protection instructions.

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.

Code-wheel copy protection from Heat Wave: Offshore Superboat Racing (1990).

Some forms of code wheels do not come in a circular form and may come in a variety of shapes (rectangular, triangular, etc.). As long as two equivalent objects are used in a similar fashion to reveal the correct answer indicated by the in-game copy protection instructions, the shape of the wheel is irrelevant.

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Grand Prix Unlimited1992DOSAccolade, Inc.2.73
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Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe1991DOSLucasfilm Games LLC3.56
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Out of This World19913DO, Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, Jaguar, Macintosh, SNES, Symbian, Windows, Windows 3.x, ZodiacInterplay Productions, Inc.3.70
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Selected Covers

Ankh: Heart of Osiris Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ankh: Heart of Osiris
HardBall III DOS Front Cover
Front cover for HardBall III
Premier Manager 3 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Premier Manager 3

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Ankh: Heart of Osiris
Accolade Presents (MCGA/VGA)
Screenshot from HardBall III
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