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

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

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Moorhuhn 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Wolfenstein 3D
Main menu of Jetpack, painted by Wayne C. Timmerman
Screenshot from Jetpack
Shuffling the decks.
Screenshot from Cyberstrip Blackjack