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The Hint[1] is a gimmick that appears in Sonic Boom franchise. It is a type of advice box which provides the player with additional help during gameplay.


The Hint is designed as a floating golden question mark surrounded by a ring of dots in different colors. In gameplay, they can be found in several places across the adventure levels.

When touching a Hint, a text box appear on the Nintendo 3DS's lower screen where a character briefly provides the player with information about the surroundings, gimmicks, objects, enemies, how to play etc. While the Hint's contents are being relayed, the player can move around freely.

Game appearances

Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal

Q-N-C hint

Q-N-C explaining a Hint in Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.

The Hint made its first appearance in Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal. In this game, the Hints' contents are provided by the game's main guide, Q-N-C.[2] Also, the Hint's text boxes are here illustrated as Q-N-C's speech balloons.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice


Tails explaining a Hint in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice.

In Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, the Hint's contents are explained to the player by Tails. In this game, yellow stars surrounding the word "Hint" will appear on the screen whenever a Hint is used. In addition, these Hints' text boxes cover the entire lower Nintendo 3DS screen.


  • The Hint's design is derived from the Hint Ring in the main Sonic video game series.

See also


  1. Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice
  2. Kellie (23 July 2014). Meet Characters in the Sonic Boom Universe. Archived from the original on 25 March 2015. Retrieved on 24 July 2014.

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