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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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Rogue1980Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Android, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, GP2X, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, Mainframe, Roku, TRS-80 CoCo, ZX SpectrumA.I. Design3.51
Asylum1981PC Booter, TRS-80Med Systems Software...
Star Wars1983Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, BBC Micro, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, DOS, Electron, GameCube, Macintosh, ZX SpectrumAtari, Inc.3.87
FriendlyWare P.C. Arcade1983PC BooterFriendlySoft Inc....
GATO1984Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshAtari Corporation3.59
The Chessmaster 20001986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, MSX, ZX SpectrumSoftware Country3.59
3D Slime1986Sinclair QLDatalink Systems (Wales)...
Leather Goddesses of Phobos1986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 128, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, TI-99/4AActivision Publishing, Inc.3.54
10th Frame1986Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumAccess Software, Inc.2.99
Labyrinth1986DOS...
Prohibition1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TO, ZX SpectrumInfogrames Multimedia SA1.94
Eden Blues1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, PC BooterERE Informatique3.83
Quarterstaff1987MacintoshSimulated Environment Systems...
Bob Morane: Science Fiction 11987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TO, ZX SpectrumInfogrames Multimedia SA1.86
Poko Memorial: 18 Hole Miniature Golf1987DOSGold Hill Software...
Tetris1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, BBC Micro, DOS, Electron, Macintosh, MSX, ZX SpectrumSpectrum Holobyte, Inc.3.78
Sidewalk1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumInfogrames Multimedia SA1.72
Bob Morane: Jungle 11987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TOInfogrames Multimedia SA...
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards1987Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, TRS-80 CoCoSierra On-Line, Inc.3.95
Bob Morane: Chevalerie 11987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TOInfogrames Multimedia SA2.20
Karma1987DOSLoriciels...
The Fidelity Chessmaster 21001988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOSSoftware Toolworks, Inc., The3.14
Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (In Several Wrong Places)1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.74
Big Blue Disk #211988DOSSoftdisk Publishing...
Hole-In-One Miniature Golf1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MacintoshDigiTek Software3.32
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Selected Covers

GATO Apple II Front Cover
Front cover for GATO
3D Slime Sinclair QL Front Cover
Front cover for 3D Slime
Sidewalk ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for Sidewalk
Rogue DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Rogue

Selected Screenshots

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Screenshot from GATO
Loading screen
Screenshot from Sidewalk
Title screen
Screenshot from Rogue
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Screenshot from Eden Blues
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