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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
Quarterstaff1987MacintoshSimulated Environment Systems...
Eden Blues1987Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, PC BooterERE Informatique3.89
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
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...
Poko Memorial: 18 Hole Miniature Golf1987DOSGold Hill Software...
Karma1987DOSLoriciels...
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards1987Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, TRS-80 CoCoSierra On-Line, Inc.3.94
3D Slime1986Sinclair QLDatalink Systems (Wales)...
The Chessmaster 20001986Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, Macintosh, MSX, ZX SpectrumSoftware Country3.58
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
Labyrinth1986DOS...
10th Frame1986Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, MSX, ZX SpectrumAccess Software, Inc.2.99
GATO1984Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshAtari Corporation3.59
FriendlyWare P.C. Arcade1983PC BooterFriendlySoft Inc....
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.3.86
Asylum1981PC Booter, TRS-80Med Systems Software...
Rogue1980Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Android, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, GP2X, GP32, Linux, Macintosh, Mainframe, PC-88, PC-98, Roku, TRS-80 CoCo, Windows, ZX SpectrumA.I. Design3.53
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Selected Covers

Rogue Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Rogue
Star Wars DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Star Wars
Sidewalk ZX Spectrum Front Cover
Front cover for Sidewalk
The Chessmaster 2000 DOS Front Cover
Front cover for The Chessmaster 2000
Prohibition DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Prohibition

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Rogue
Title Screen
Screenshot from Star Wars
Loading screen
Screenshot from Sidewalk
Opening moves
Screenshot from The Chessmaster 2000
Selecting the language
Screenshot from Prohibition
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