Baldi's Basics (also named Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning) is an exciting parody survival horror game that is set inside a creepy schoolhouse! Micah McGonigal, an American independent developer, created Baldi's Basics under the handle Mystman12. The protagonist is welcomed to class by a goofy-looking primary school instructor. The environment is bright and well-lit, and the music is upbeat. Nothing appears to be dangerous or concerning at first. However, something creepy and terrifying is going on behind the scenes. Only the most courageous people will be able to face what lies ahead. This game mimics educational games from the 1990s by using monstrous graphics and similar themes (such as Sonic's Schoolhouse, I.M. Meer, and 3D Dinosaur Adventure).
A friend of the main character misplaced seven notebooks but was unable to get them because he was busy "rehearsing." So he had to ask the protagonist to go to the local school and grab them for him. When the player first comes, he meets one of the professors named Baldi, who will present simple arithmetic problems in the form of riddles every time the player uncovers a notebook (three in each book), with the promise of a reward if all of these quizzes are correctly solved. Baldi also gets angry easily, and after posing issues to the player, this teacher will start chasing that player for the wrong answer. The protagonist is obliged to continue seeking out additional notebooks while avoiding other students and a variety of challenges. If players answer every question incorrectly, they face the frightening tutor’s fury. That’s when the real nightmare begins!
Baldi's Basics have a gameplay similar to that of Slender: The Eight Pages. The player must locate all seven notebooks while escaping Baldi's capture. Other students and teachers try to undermine the player by asking them to participate in various activities. Each notebook has three straightforward arithmetic problems; however, the third question is unsolvable after the second notebook. Baldi seems to move faster and is much more difficult to avoid if the player continues to fail at impossible requests. After collecting all of the notebooks, Baldi will seem to cheer the player before adding, "get out while there's still time!". The game has a total of three exits, but only one is real, and the player must figure out how to activate all three exits before the real exit can be used.
Players can collect various items around the school, such as a candy bar that momentarily enhances the main character's stamina and a soft drink that can be used to knock some subjects away. Other characters in the game include a pair of scissors that can temporarily remove certain obstacles and a teleporter that will move the player to a random spot on the field. What lies beyond the curtain, and who made it? Discover the darkest secrets and strive to survive to finish the narrative. Remember that Baldi can hear every noise you make, so do everything you can to keep quiet!
How To Play
The controls work similarly to first-person walking simulators:
- Press WASD to move and strafe.
- Use the mouse to look around.
- Hold shift to run for a short period of time. (Remember to keep an eye on your stamina bar)
- Press space bar to quickly look behind you
- Left-click to gather things and interact with the environment.
The goal is to gather seven notebooks scattered among the classrooms. Finding them is just the first step. Each one has a set of arithmetic problems.
Deceptive horror is one of the most popular horror video game sub-genres. At first, these types of horror games try to convince players that they are playing a harmless game where nothing bad happens. However, as the game goes on, it will revealing its true horror nature. While the game begins as a bright, colorful, and joyful platformer, it gradually becomes darker, duller, and more insidious as the player advances.
If you are a loyal fan of Baldi's Basics and the scam horror genre, then try out other fascinating games with similar gameplay in our horror games collection such as: Granny, Backrooms, Five Nights at Freddy's, etc.