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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

Moorhuhn 2 PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Moorhuhn 2
Hugo III: Jungle of Doom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hugo III: Jungle of Doom

Selected Screenshots

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
Starting screen, with the high score list
Screenshot from WinBrick96
Shuffling the decks.
Screenshot from Cyberstrip Blackjack
Game group created by Sciere (780344), additional games added to group by Rola (8277), POMAH (65677), piltdown_man (207755), GTramp (77634), djindio (1607), Rwolf (20034), Victor Vance (15282), Spiderkeys (200), Evolyzer (19713), vileyn0id_8088 (21185), Pseudo_Intellectual (64350), Игги Друге (46314), JudgeDeadd (27647), Great Hierophant (396), leilei (339), Tracy Poff (2062) and me3D31337 (62274)
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