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

OverKill DOS Front Cover
Front cover for OverKill
Hugo III: Jungle of Doom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hugo III: Jungle of Doom
Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM
Su Doku Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Su Doku
Wolfenstein 3D DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Wolfenstein 3D

Selected Screenshots

Story - the beginning
Screenshot from Ultravixen 2
Title screen
Screenshot from OverKill
The title screen
Screenshot from Lord Avalot d'Argent
Shuffling the decks.
Screenshot from Cyberstrip Blackjack
Intro story
Screenshot from Crusher Castle II