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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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Video Strip Poker Supreme2006WindowsTorquemada Games...
Su Doku2006WindowsGreenstreet Software Ltd....
Crazy Sudoku2005Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH...
Moorhuhn 22000PlayStation, WindowsG+J Computer Channel GmbH...
Ultravixen 21999Windows, Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
Lovely Girls1998WindowsLomax Software...
UltraVixen1997Windows, Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
Cyberstrip Blackjack1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xRapture Interactive...
Cyberstrip Poker1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xRapture Interactive...
Drift1994OS/2, Windows 3.x...
Lord Avalot d'Argent1994DOSThorsoft of Letchworth...
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.79
Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM1994DOSEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.96
The Geekwad: Games of the Galaxy1993DOSTsunami Media, Inc....
Jetpack: Christmas Special1993DOSSoftware Creations...
Jetpack1993DOSSoftware Creations3.60
Penthouse Hot Numbers Deluxe1993Amiga, DOSMagic Bytes...
Pole Chudes: Capital Show1993Android, DOS...
Crusher Castle II1993DOSSoleau Software, Inc....
Baron Baldric: A Grave Adventure1992Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts Australia...
Wolfenstein 3D1992Acorn 32-bit, Browser, DOS, Game Boy Advance, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Activision Publishing, Inc.4.01
OverKill1992DOSEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.44
Cheese Terminator1992Windows 3.xMicrosoft Corporation...
Denarius Avaricius Sextus1992DOSThorsoft of Letchworth...
Hugo III: Jungle of Doom1992DOSGray Design Associates2.78
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Selected Covers

Jetpack DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Jetpack
Wolfenstein 3D DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Wolfenstein 3D
Moorhuhn 2 PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Moorhuhn 2

Selected Screenshots

The title screen
Screenshot from Lord Avalot d'Argent
Main menu of Jetpack, painted by Wayne C. Timmerman
Screenshot from Jetpack
Title screen
Screenshot from Wolfenstein 3D
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