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
Su Doku Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Su Doku
Moorhuhn 2 PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Moorhuhn 2
Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Wolfenstein 3D
Game title
Screenshot from UltraVixen
Title Screen
Screenshot from Lovely Girls
Ante Up.
Screenshot from Cyberstrip Poker
The start of a game. When installed and loaded the game launches straight into a Suduko game with the Green Label logo only appearing very briefly
Screenshot from Su Doku
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