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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 descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Hugo III: Jungle of Doom1992DOSGray Design Associates2.78
Spore1991DOS...
Hugo II: Whodunit?1991DOS2.50
Fallout1991DOS...
F.Godmom1991DOS, Windows 3.xSoggybread Software3.04
Cybernetic Hi-School Part 3: Gunbuster1990MSX, PC-98Gainax Co., Ltd....
Hugo's House of Horrors1990DOS, Windows, Windows 3.xPersonal Companion Software3.12
Atomix1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSThalion Software GmbH3.50
Blox1990DOS...
The Soviet Block1990DOSU.S.E.D. Software ...
Argh1989DOS...
Beyond Columns1989DOSBrad P. Taylor, LLC...
Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
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
Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (In Several Wrong Places)1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.74
The Fidelity Chessmaster 21001988Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Commodore 64, DOSSoftware Toolworks, Inc., The3.14
Big Blue Disk #211988DOSSoftdisk Publishing...
Popcorn1988Android, Browser, DOS, iPad, iPhone, WindowsLacral Software3.75
Sidewalk1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX SpectrumInfogrames Multimedia SA1.72
Prohibition1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TO, ZX SpectrumInfogrames Multimedia SA1.94
Bob Morane: Science Fiction 11987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TO, ZX SpectrumInfogrames Multimedia SA1.86
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
Bob Morane: Jungle 11987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, DOS, Thomson MO, Thomson TOInfogrames Multimedia SA...
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Selected Covers

Prohibition DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Prohibition
Atomix Commodore 64 Front Cover
Front cover for Atomix

Selected Screenshots

The game's title screen
Screenshot from Argh
Level 1
Screenshot from F.Godmom
Selecting the language
Screenshot from Prohibition
Game information
Screenshot from Spore
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