Games with boss key

Group Description

Games which provide a keyboard shortcut (or menu option), which displays a screenshot or small utility mimicking a business-related program or operating system, in order to hide player's activity (playing the game) from their real life boss / parent / teacher / spouse. Sometimes called a panic button.

Made obsolete by multitasking operating systems, in which the player may simply minimize game window or switch to another application.


Using the boss key in Tetris (1987).

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Selected Covers

Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM
Spear of Destiny DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Spear of Destiny
Su Doku Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Su Doku
Wolfenstein 3D DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Wolfenstein 3D

Selected Screenshots

Title
Screenshot from Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM
title screen
Screenshot from Spear of Destiny
This is the title screen. It's unusual in that the letters continually revolve. They do get a bit smaller and more legible but they are never still
Screenshot from Drift
Title screen
Screenshot from Moorhuhn 2
Title Screen
Screenshot from Lovely Girls