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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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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
10th Frame1986Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumAccess Software, Inc.2.99
3D Slime1986Sinclair QLDatalink Systems (Wales)...
688 Attack Sub1989Amiga, DOS, Genesis, PC-98Electronic Arts, Inc.3.20
Argh1989DOS...
Asylum1981PC Booter, TRS-80Med Systems Software...
Atomix1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSThalion Software GmbH3.50
Baron Baldric: A Grave Adventure1992Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts Australia...
Beyond Columns1989DOSBrad P. Taylor, LLC...
Big Blue Disk #211988DOSSoftdisk Publishing...
Blox1990DOS...
Bob Morane: Chevalerie 11987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TOInfogrames Multimedia SA2.20
Bob Morane: Jungle 11987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TOInfogrames Multimedia SA...
Bob Morane: Science Fiction 11987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TO, ZX SpectrumInfogrames Multimedia SA1.86
Cheese Terminator1992Windows 3.xMicrosoft Corporation...
The Chessmaster 20001986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, MSX, ZX SpectrumSoftware Country3.59
Crazy Sudoku2005Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH...
Crusher Castle II1993DOSSoleau Software, Inc....
Cybernetic Hi-School Part 3: Gunbuster1990MSX, PC-98Gainax Co., Ltd....
Cyberstrip Blackjack1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xRapture Interactive...
Cyberstrip Poker1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xRapture Interactive...
Denarius Avaricius Sextus1992DOSThorsoft of Letchworth...
Drift1994OS/2, Windows 3.x...
Eden Blues1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, PC BooterERE Informatique3.83
Fallout1991DOS...
F.Godmom1991DOS, Windows 3.xSoggybread Software3.04
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Selected Covers

3D Slime Sinclair QL Front Cover
Front cover for 3D Slime
Eden Blues PC Booter Front Cover
Front cover for Eden Blues
The Chessmaster 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Chessmaster 2000
688 Attack Sub DOS Front Cover
Front cover for 688 Attack Sub
Atomix Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Atomix

Selected Screenshots

Menu
Screenshot from Beyond Columns
The game's menu and start screen
Screenshot from Fallout
Title screen
Screenshot from Blox
Title screen
Screenshot from Bob Morane: Chevalerie 1
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