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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

Su Doku Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Su Doku
Hugo III: Jungle of Doom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hugo III: Jungle of Doom
Wolfenstein 3D DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Wolfenstein 3D

Selected Screenshots

Level 1
Screenshot from F.Godmom
Title screen
Screenshot from Blox
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
Title Screen
Screenshot from Hugo III: Jungle of Doom
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
Game group created by Sciere (357868), additional games added to group by Rola (7742), POMAH (36913), GTramp (47298), djindio (1476), Rwolf (9891), Victor Vance (6045), Spiderkeys (198), vileyn0id_8088 (15572), Pseudo_Intellectual (45476), Игги Друге (45006), JudgeDeadd (14925), Great Hierophant (254), leilei (282), Tracy Poff (1693) and me3D31337 (46444)