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Universal Hint System
The Universal Hint System was developed by Jason Strautman and others as a way to help game players get through various games without being spoiled by a detailed solution. Thus, a single hint for a problem spot may be retrieved, allowing the rest of the game to be played with the intended game play intact. If the first hint for a problem is not specific enough, the UHS system allows more detailed information to be revealed at the player's discretion.

All UHS files have a file name ending in ".uhs". There are several versions of UHS file format that allow enhanced hint presentation:

  • The UHS 91a format allows graphics.
  • The UHS 95a format allows cross-referencing hypertext links.
  • The UHS 96a format allows progressive graphics and sound.

UHS readers are backwards compatible and can successfully display any format equal to or lower than it's version number.


Reader programs
The UHS system is available for several operating systems. The reader program is shareware with a $20.00 registration fee for use after an fair evaluation period. Although the hints for a large number of older games may be viewed in their entirety, hints for newer games may omit the latter portion of the game when viewed through an unregistered reader.
MS-DOS (Supports UHS 96a format)
Windows 3.1 (Supports UHS 96a format)
Windows 95/98/NT (Supports UHS 96a format)
MacOS (Supports UHS 96a format, except for sound)
Amiga (Supports UHS 91a, partial UHS 95a formats)
Java (Supports UHS 91a)

Support programs
UHS files are compressed with PKZip in order to reduce file sizes. A program such as PKUnzip is required to restore the file prior to use.
UHSWeb service
A significant number of UHS files have been converted into HTML format for viewing by web browsers without the use of the reader programs. Some files still remain unavailable for copyright reasons, when the authors do not permit conversion and subsequent distribution of their file outside of the UHS format. However, all files available via UHSWeb are available without cost or subscription.
Frequently Asked Questions
Jason Strautman has organized a FAQ to address some commonly noted problems and issues. Please read this document if you're having problems downloading or reading UHS files.