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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
OverKill1992DOSEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.40
Beyond Columns1989DOSBrad P. Taylor, LLC...
Atomix1990Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOSThalion Software GmbH3.50
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
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
The Chessmaster 20001986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, MSX, ZX SpectrumSoftware Country3.59
GATO1984Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshAtari Corporation3.59
Jetpack1993DOSSoftware Creations3.60
Leisure Suit Larry Goes Looking for Love (In Several Wrong Places)1988Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.74
Spear of Destiny1992DOSFormGen, Inc.3.75
Popcorn1988Android, Browser, DOS, iPad, iPhone, WindowsLacral Software3.75
Tetris1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, BBC Micro, DOS, Electron, Macintosh, MSX, ZX SpectrumSpectrum Holobyte, Inc.3.78
Rise of the Triad: Dark War1994DOS, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsFormGen, Inc.3.78
Cybernetic Hi-School Part 3: Gunbuster1990MSX, PC-98Gainax Co., Ltd....
Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals1989Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM1994DOSEpic MegaGames, Inc.3.82
Eden Blues1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, PC BooterERE Informatique3.83
Spore1991DOS...
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
3D Slime1986Sinclair QLDatalink Systems (Wales)...
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
Cyberstrip Poker1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xRapture Interactive...
FriendlyWare P.C. Arcade1983PC BooterFriendlySoft Inc....
Crusher Castle II1993DOSSoleau Software, Inc....
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
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Selected Covers

Spear of Destiny DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Spear of Destiny
Eden Blues PC Booter Front Cover
Front cover for Eden Blues
Tetris DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tetris

Selected Screenshots

title screen
Screenshot from Spear of Destiny
title
Screenshot from Eden Blues
Title (CGA)
Screenshot from Tetris
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