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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Lovely Girls1998WindowsLomax Software...
Poko Memorial: 18 Hole Miniature Golf1987DOSGold Hill Software...
Ultravixen 21999Windows, Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc.1.24
Penthouse Hot Numbers Deluxe1993Amiga, DOSMagic Bytes...
Sidewalk1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumInfogrames Multimedia SA1.72
Bob Morane: Science Fiction 11987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TO, ZX SpectrumInfogrames Multimedia SA1.86
Prohibition1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TO, ZX SpectrumInfogrames Multimedia SA1.94
Karma1987DOSLoriciels...
Fallout1991DOS...
Bob Morane: Chevalerie 11987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TOInfogrames Multimedia SA2.20
Cheese Terminator1992Windows 3.xMicrosoft Corporation...
Baron Baldric: A Grave Adventure1992Amiga, DOSElectronic Arts Australia...
Bob Morane: Jungle 11987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TOInfogrames Multimedia SA...
Hugo II: Whodunit?1991DOS2.50
Hugo III: Jungle of Doom1992DOSGray Design Associates2.78
10th Frame1986Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumAccess Software, Inc.2.99
F.Godmom1991DOS, Windows 3.xSoggybread Software3.04
Hugo's House of Horrors1990DOS, Windows, Windows 3.xPersonal Companion Software3.12
The Fidelity Chessmaster 21001988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOSSoftware Toolworks, Inc., The3.14
The Geekwad: Games of the Galaxy1993DOSTsunami Media, Inc....
Labyrinth1986DOS...
688 Attack Sub1989Amiga, DOS, Genesis, PC-98Electronic Arts, Inc.3.20
Hole-In-One Miniature Golf1988Amiga, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MacintoshDigiTek Software3.32
Moorhuhn 22000PlayStation, WindowsG+J Computer Channel GmbH...
Asylum1981PC Booter, TRS-80Med Systems Software...
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Selected Covers

688 Attack Sub DOS Front Cover
Front cover for 688 Attack Sub
Prohibition DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Prohibition
Hugo's House of Horrors DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hugo's House of Horrors
Karma DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Karma
Hugo III: Jungle of Doom DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Hugo III: Jungle of Doom

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from 688 Attack Sub
Selecting the language
Screenshot from Prohibition
The beginning - This is where Penelope was last seen!
Screenshot from Hugo's House of Horrors
The game's menu and start screen
Screenshot from Fallout
Title / loading screen
Screenshot from Asylum
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