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

Hugo III: Jungle of Doom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hugo III: Jungle of Doom
Spear of Destiny DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Spear of Destiny
Jetpack DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Jetpack
OverKill DOS Front Cover
Front cover for OverKill

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Hugo III: Jungle of Doom
title screen
Screenshot from Spear of Destiny
Main menu of Jetpack, painted by Wayne C. Timmerman
Screenshot from Jetpack