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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 descending orderUser Score
Jetpack: Christmas Special1993DOSSoftware Creations...
Cyberstrip Blackjack1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xRapture Interactive...
Drift1994OS/2, Windows 3.x...
Blox1990DOS...
Quarterstaff1987MacintoshSimulated Environment Systems...
Video Strip Poker Supreme2006WindowsTorquemada Games...
Denarius Avaricius Sextus1992DOSThorsoft of Letchworth...
Crazy Sudoku2005Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH...
Lord Avalot d'Argent1994DOSThorsoft of Letchworth...
Big Blue Disk #211988DOSSoftdisk Publishing...
Su Doku2006WindowsGreenstreet Software Ltd....
Argh1989DOS...
The Soviet Block1990DOSU.S.E.D. Software ...
UltraVixen1997Windows, Windows 3.xPIXIS Interactive, Inc....
Pole Chudes: Capital Show1993Android, DOS...
Wolfenstein 3D1992Acorn 32-bit, Browser, DOS, Game Boy Advance, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, PC-98, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox OneActivision Publishing, Inc.4.00
Cyberstrip Poker1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xRapture Interactive...
Crusher Castle II1993DOSSoleau Software, Inc....
FriendlyWare P.C. Arcade1983PC BooterFriendlySoft Inc....
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
3D Slime1986Sinclair QLDatalink Systems (Wales)...
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
Spore1991DOS...
Eden Blues1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, PC BooterERE Informatique3.83
Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM1994DOSEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.82
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Selected Covers

Eden Blues PC Booter Front Cover
Front cover for Eden Blues
3D Slime Sinclair QL Front Cover
Front cover for 3D Slime
Quarterstaff Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Quarterstaff

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Blox
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
Game information
Screenshot from Spore
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