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

Spear of Destiny DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Spear of Destiny
Wolfenstein 3D DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Wolfenstein 3D
Hugo III: Jungle of Doom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hugo III: Jungle of Doom
Hugo II: Whodunit? DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hugo II: Whodunit?

Selected Screenshots

Game title
Screenshot from UltraVixen
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
The title screen
Screenshot from Lord Avalot d'Argent
Intro story
Screenshot from Crusher Castle II