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Game Groups > Games with manual lookup copy protection

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. Limitations * 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.

Note

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 * Games with code-wheel copy protection* Games with extra content copy protection

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Title Platforms Released
box cover thumbnail 688 Attack Sub DOS, Genesis, Amiga, PC-98 1989
box cover thumbnail Air Duel: 80 Years of Dogfighting DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Windows 1993
box cover thumbnail Alone in the Dark DOS, 3DO, Macintosh, iPhone, PC-98, iPad, FM Towns, Acorn 32-bit 1992
box cover thumbnail Archipelagos DOS, Amiga, Atari ST 1989
box cover thumbnail Ardeny DOS 1994
box cover thumbnail Armaƫth: The Lost Kingdom DOS 1993
box cover thumbnail Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf DOS, Genesis, Amiga, Atari ST, Arcade 1989
box cover thumbnail B-17 Flying Fortress DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Windows 1992
box cover thumbnail B-24 DOS, Commodore 64, Apple II 1987
box cover thumbnail Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition Windows 3.x, Amiga, Atari ST, Macintosh, Apple IIgs 1988
box cover thumbnail Baoxiao Duobiqiu DOS 1994
box cover thumbnail Battle Chess Linux, DOS, Windows, Windows 3.x, Amiga, NES, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Amiga CD32, Macintosh, CDTV, PC-98, Sharp X68000, Acorn 32-bit, Antstream 1988
box cover thumbnail Battlehawks 1942 DOS, Amiga, Atari ST 1988
box cover thumbnail Battles of Destiny Linux, DOS, Windows, Macintosh 1992
box cover thumbnail Battles of Napoleon DOS, Commodore 64, Apple II 1988
box cover thumbnail Battleship Bismarck: Operation Rhine - May 1941 DOS, Apple II 1987
box cover thumbnail Black Gold DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 1991
box cover thumbnail Brain Artifice DOS, Amiga 1991
box cover thumbnail Budokan: The Martial Spirit DOS, Genesis, Amiga, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, MSX, Amstrad CPC, BlackBerry 1989
box cover thumbnail Burntime DOS, Amiga 1993
box cover thumbnail California Games II DOS, Windows, SNES, Amiga, Atari ST, SEGA Master System 1990
box cover thumbnail Carrier Command DOS, Windows, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Macintosh 1988
box cover thumbnail Castles II: Siege & Conquest Linux, DOS, Windows, Amiga CD32, Macintosh, PC-98, FM Towns, Antstream 1992
box cover thumbnail Champions of Krynn DOS, Amiga, Commodore 64, Apple II, PC-98 1990
box cover thumbnail Championship Manager Italia DOS, Amiga, Atari ST 1993
box cover thumbnail Colossus Chess X DOS, Amiga, Atari ST 1988
box cover thumbnail Commander Keen: Aliens Ate My Babysitter! DOS 1991
box cover thumbnail Crime Wave DOS, Amiga, Atari ST 1990
box cover thumbnail Cyber Empires DOS, Amiga, Atari ST 1992
box cover thumbnail D.R.A.G.O.N. Force DOS, Amiga 1989
box cover thumbnail Daehyeoljeon DOS 1995
box cover thumbnail Delta V DOS 1994
box cover thumbnail Demoniak DOS, Amiga, Atari ST 1991
box cover thumbnail Die Hard 2: Die Harder DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 1992
box cover thumbnail Dune DOS, Amiga, SEGA CD 1992
box cover thumbnail Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty DOS, Amiga, Acorn 32-bit 1992
box cover thumbnail Dungeon Hack DOS, PC-98 1993
box cover thumbnail Electroman DOS 1992
box cover thumbnail Elite DOS, Amiga, NES, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Apple II, ZX Spectrum, MSX, Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Acorn 32-bit, SAM CoupƩ, Tatung Einstein 1984
box cover thumbnail Espionage DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC 1988
box cover thumbnail Essex DOS, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, Apple II 1985
box cover thumbnail Eye of the Beholder DOS, SNES, Amiga, SEGA CD, PC-98 1991
box cover thumbnail Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon DOS, Amiga, PC-98, FM Towns 1991
box cover thumbnail F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.0 Linux, DOS, Windows, Amiga, Macintosh, PC-98 1991
box cover thumbnail F-14 Tomcat Commodore 64 1989
box cover thumbnail F-15 Strike Eagle II DOS, Genesis, Amiga, Atari ST, PC-98, Sharp X68000 1989
box cover thumbnail F-15 Strike Eagle III DOS, PC-98 1992
box cover thumbnail F-19 Stealth Fighter DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, PC-98, Linux, Windows 1988
box cover thumbnail Fables & Fiends: The Legend of Kyrandia - Book One DOS, Windows, Amiga, Macintosh, PC-98, FM Towns 1992
box cover thumbnail Fantasy Empires DOS, Windows 1993

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