Universal Hint System

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The Universal Hint System, better known by the acronym UHS, is a form of strategy guide used for computer and video games, created by Jason Strautman in 1988. The system is designed to provide hints for solving specific parts of games without including spoilers. The strategy guides are primarily distributed in a UHS file format, readable using a UHS reader program.


Since the system's creation, UHS readers have been made available for various platforms, including DOS, Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows. The current versions of the official readers are proprietary software products. An official Internet website, UHSWeb went online in 1998, allowing access to UHS guides via web browsers, including text-based web browsers such as Lynx.[1]

In 2006, a platform-independent open source reader written in Java, OpenUHS, began development. As of 2008, it fully supports all hint formats.


Chuck Miller of Computer Gaming World in 1993 called UHS "a nifty gaming utility that I wish would receive greater, perhaps even universal, support in the gaming community", stating "I heartily recommend the Universal Hint System as an adventurer's resource par excellence".[2]


  1. ^ "UHS: About the UHS". Official UHS website. Retrieved September 25, 2006. 
  2. ^ Miller, Chuck (October 1993). "Shareware For The Adventurer's Backpack". Computer Gaming World. p. 52. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 

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