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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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Selected Covers

Quarterstaff Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Quarterstaff
The Chessmaster 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Chessmaster 2000
3D Slime Sinclair QL Front Cover
Front cover for 3D Slime
Karma DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Karma
Tetris DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Tetris

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Labyrinth
Screenshot from Quarterstaff
Opening moves
Screenshot from The Chessmaster 2000
Title / loading screen
Screenshot from Asylum
Title screen
Screenshot from Karma
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