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Old 14 July 2010, 00:05   #1
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Games with a boss key?

Inspired by another topic

Do you know any game that featured a boss key, in other words a keyboard shortcut or combination that would turn the game screen into something that looked more "professional?"

I remember several old Sierra adventure games had such keys, but usually it was more of a joke. One of the Leisure Suit Larry in the series, can't recall which one, had a bosskey that showed a kind of word processor or tabulator with stupid information in it.

I guess the whole concept of boss keys went obsolete with Windows alt-tabbing features, but I'm curious to know if you remember any other game that had such a feature and what kind of screen it showed
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Old 14 July 2010, 00:18   #2
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MacPlaymate had a Panic button, shown in the above screenshot, that brought up a very realistic looking spreadsheet.
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Old 14 July 2010, 09:38   #3
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Haha, funny one!

Well playing at work is not recommended, and I guess THIS kind of game less than others and really need a PANIC button for sure
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Old 14 July 2010, 09:40   #4
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Amiga have three panic buttons, usable with Stag disks.
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Old 14 July 2010, 09:45   #5
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and what would they do? simply quit, or display something a little less suspicious?

edit: oh yeah...got it now /selfslap

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Old 14 July 2010, 10:06   #6
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I think he means CTRL+Left Amiga+Right Amiga.
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Most dungeons in Zelda have boss keys
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Old 28 July 2010, 19:34   #8
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I remember the PC version of Leisure Suit Larry had a boss Key.

Are the Stag disks the sort of disk that I think I remember them being?
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Old 28 July 2010, 21:57   #10
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I have read that Nevermind (Psygnosis) has a boss key.
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Amiga game Einmal Kanzler Sein have boss key (F5):

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Old 30 March 2011, 10:19   #12
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I'm sure my version of Win98SE had a Boss Key on Minesweeper. If you hit Esc the game would minimise and the taskbar button would read 'Budget.xls' - Saved me a few times

Can't think of one on the Amiga, though...
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More the opposite of this topic but there is this website

http://cantyouseeimbusy.com/
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Nevermind did have one but not the amiga version. In tye manual, which i have around somewhere it even has a disclaimer that psygnosis can not be held responsible if you found yourself in the unemppoyment line.
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Star Wars by Broderbund for DOS had a boss key that brought up a semi-functional spreadsheet, reporting system, facts about the developers and a shaded 3D spinny logo that could be controlled with the keyboard.
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I remember a Chess-Game on Amiga, it has a menu-entry named "If the boss comes the way". Then AFAIR a Spreadsheet-pic appears.

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You can press esc key in Strip Poker II+ to hide chick http://hol.abime.net/2153 It will not end your game.
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I remember a Chess-Game on Amiga, it has a menu-entry named "If the boss comes the way". Then AFAIR a Spreadsheet-pic appears.

Chessmaster 2000 i think. My introduction to the concept now my alt tab keys are worn out ;-)
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