Assistance, ranging from vague suggestions to an explicit list of commands, to allow a stuck player to solve a puzzle.
Some games include built-in hint systems that dispense this assistance automatically. Others have hint files that have been prepared separately, by the author or another player.
See also walkthrough, clue.
- Hints in the IF Gems review quotes collection (also available from the IF Archive)
- Discussions about hints and walkthroughs on the rec.arts.int-fiction newsgroup