I love an imaginative copy protection scheme that sets the tone for the game that I am about to play. These days, copy protection consists of entering a 24-digit hexadecimal code with CIA-class encryption, a bland and repetitive experience (not unlike many games, actually), or worse yet, being forced to go online to do the same to unlock the game. Back in the day, however, many options were available, from lining up windows on code wheels to examining fingerprints. Sid Meier’s Pirates! chose an educational method of ensuring copy protection, by asking when the Spanish Treasure Fleet or Silver Train arrived at a particular city, the answer to which was contained within the game manual. A simple question, but effective.
However, the original Sid Meier’s Pirates! was released in 1987 – over two decades ago – and game manuals have a funny way of disappearing like the lovely ladies in a stage magician’s show, without ever showing up again. Well, fear not: scroll down and click on the game cover pic to view the original copy protection data, ready for your retrogaming needs! And for those of you who need a game map for Pirates!…look here!