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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.78
Crazy Sudoku2005Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH...
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
Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (In Several Wrong Places)1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.74
Bob Morane: Jungle 11987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TOInfogrames Multimedia SA...
Wolfenstein 3D1992Acorn 32-bit, Browser, DOS, Game Boy Advance, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneActivision Publishing, Inc.3.99
Beyond Columns1989DOSBrad P. Taylor, LLC...
3D Slime1986Sinclair QLDatalink Systems (Wales)...
Hole-In-One Miniature Golf1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MacintoshDigiTek Software3.32
Baron Baldric: A Grave Adventure1992Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts Australia...
The Chessmaster 20001986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, MSX, ZX SpectrumSoftware Country3.59
Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM1994DOSEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.82
OverKill1992DOSEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.40
Eden Blues1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, PC BooterERE Informatique3.83
Spear of Destiny1992DOSFormGen, Inc.3.75
FriendlyWare P.C. Arcade1983PC BooterFriendlySoft Inc....
Cybernetic Hi-School Part 3: Gunbuster1990MSX, PC-98Gainax Co., Ltd....
Poko Memorial: 18 Hole Miniature Golf1987DOSGold Hill Software...
Hugo III: Jungle of Doom1992DOSGray Design Associates2.78
Su Doku2006WindowsGreenstreet Software Ltd....
688 Attack Sub1989Amiga, DOS, Genesis, PC-98Electronic Arts, Inc.3.20
Jetpack1993DOSSoftware Creations3.60
Lovely Girls1998WindowsLomax Software...
Karma1987DOSLoriciels...
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Selected Covers

Spear of Destiny DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Spear of Destiny
Jetpack DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Jetpack
Su Doku Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Su Doku
OverKill DOS Front Cover
Front cover for OverKill
3D Slime Sinclair QL Front Cover
Front cover for 3D Slime

Selected Screenshots

title screen
Screenshot from Spear of Destiny
Main menu of Jetpack, painted by Wayne C. Timmerman
Screenshot from Jetpack
A lander launches as the titles scroll up.
Screenshot from FriendlyWare P.C. Arcade
Title screen
Screenshot from Bob Morane: Jungle 1
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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