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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).

Related Link

Selected Covers

Su Doku Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Su Doku
Quarterstaff Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Quarterstaff

Selected Screenshots

Shuffling the decks.
Screenshot from Cyberstrip Blackjack
Title screen
Screenshot from Blox
Game group created by Sciere (538982), additional games added to group by Rola (8304), POMAH (54308), GTramp (61970), djindio (1607), Rwolf (15703), Victor Vance (10124), Spiderkeys (201), Evolyzer (18565), vileyn0id_8088 (21106), Pseudo_Intellectual (61101), Игги Друге (46414), JudgeDeadd (24948), Great Hierophant (320), leilei (330), Tracy Poff (2025) and me3D31337 (62029)