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Latest revision as of 13:07, 23 February 2021

Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning
Y8LdOc.png
No crappy games in the halls.
Genre: Horror
Edutainment
Platforms: Micosoft Windows
macOS
Linux
Release Date: Microsoft Windows, macOS
March 31, 2018
Linux
July 5, 2018
Developer: mystman12
Publisher: Basically Games
Franchise: Baldi's Basics
Next Game: Baldi's Basics Plus


Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning (also known as Baldi's Basics, or BBIEaL) is a free-to-play video game developed by American independent video game developer Micah McGonigal (known as Mystman12 on Twitter). It was released on March 31st, 2018.

The game was developed in 2 weeks as an entry in the annual Meta-Game Jam that received 2nd place in the Meta-Game Jam's Top 5 Games. The main inspiration of Baldi's Basics in Education & Learning is bad '90s edutainment games such as Sonic's Schoolhouse, as well as pulling the "this game is not what it seems" gimmick.

Plot

This is the plot according to the game's description:

"Oh noes! School is out, but your friend has a problem! He left all his noteboos in school, but dosen't have time to get them, because if he does he'll be late for eating pracitce.

To help him out, you have to go back in the school and find all 7 of his notebooks for him. It won't be easy though! Baldi loves challenging his students with fun trivia problems whenever he can! Each time you find a notebook, you'll have to answer some questions.

Answer all three correctly, and you will earn a prize! Find all 7 notebooks, and then exit the school to win!"

Why It Intentionally Sucks

Note: This game is made as a joke, and is intentionally meant to be bad.

  1. The music is just MIDI files, despite being released in 2018.
  2. The title screen is poorly made (it's on this page as an image).
  3. The graphics are horrible and the character designs are even ugly. Baldi himself looks like he came from the 1980s despite being in a 1990s inspired game.
  4. The 3rd question of every notebook starting with Notebook #2 is always the same thing.
  5. Whenever you get a math question wrong, Baldi will get mad at you over getting a question wrong, even if you were trying to get it right in the first place.
  6. Playtime is extremely annoying. Every time you run into her, you have to play jump rope. And if you miss one jump, you have to do it over again. Luckily, you can use Safety Scissors to cut her jump rope.
  7. Sometimes, some characters (example: Gotta Sweep) speak extremely loud, in fact, you can still hear their voices whenever they yell even if your volume is low.
  8. The Principal of the Thing is very annoying as even when he clearly sees your about to get caught by Baldi, he still locks you in the Principal's Office, and after the 30 seconds detention, you’re likely going to get caught anyway.
  9. Using Baldi's Least Favorite Tape on the Tape Player distracts Baldi, but it is kind of worthless since you can use BSODA right away, which pushes characters.
  10. Quarters pop out of nowhere whenever you are playing the game.
  11. The unbearable voice acting. Some voices are filled to the brim with ear rape and most of them have no emotion or charm to them.
  12. The game has really bad, but mostly awful looking animation, especially by modern standards.
  13. The game feels more like a Friv game than an actual video game.
  14. The game is somewhat a rip off of Slender. Basically, it's Slender, but in a school setting (which has been done already).
  15. The audio can become distorted and extremely loud, especially after finding all 7 notebooks.
  16. If you ignore all the ear rape, there is literally nothing scary about the game.
  17. The game isn't even a horror game as much as the only horror thing is the jumpscare and that's it and in order words it looks like a generic regular game.
  18. The skybox is horrible. In fact, it’s not even a sky, it’s just walls and a roof textured as a sky.

Public Demo

Note: The full game is still WIP and this is a demo. A lot of features aren't here for the time being.

  1. 1st Prize isn’t featured in the game at all, other than being seen in a room deactivated.
  2. The audio quality is even worse than the original game.
  3. Gotta Sweep doesn’t have a Janitor's Closet, instead residing in a faculty room.
  4. Boring gameplay.
  5. The game doesn’t close instantly when you hit the exit button.
  6. Some textures are placeholders. This is a demo though, but there’s a little too many.
  7. Playtime is too easy to run away from, as in the original game, she can sometimes go in the same direction, trying to chase you, now she always turns around when you get out of her sight, removing challenge from the game.
  8. An Apple for Baldi removes even more challenge from the game, additionally, Baldi still proceeds to go after the player for no reason after eating said apple.
  9. There is no reason for Baldi to chase the player in this demo, as there is no You Can Think! Pad in this version.
  10. The conveyor belt slows the player down too much.
  11. Several items from the original game were removed.
  12. Baldi’s broken ruler event makes no sense, as Baldi is just slapping nothing
  13. The Elevator, which is yet another placeholder, is misspelled as “ELEVATE“, though this typo could be done on purpose.
  14. The test procedure random event has a broken countdown system, starting from 0, then going from 9 to 1.
  15. The graphics aren’t as good as the original Baldi’s Basics.
  16. The map feels extremely repetitive after a while.
  17. Some characters were removed, such as Filename2.
  18. The Kickstarter Demo has far more content than this game which is supposed to be a full game demo, the Public Demo doesn’t even have a random level generator and several features from the original game are missing.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. As stated earlier, this is a joke game, so it's supposed to be bad.
  2. This game is meant to be a throwback to 90s PC edutainment games, like Sonic's Schoolhouse.
  3. 1st Prize, a hug-loving robot, can serve as both an ally and enemy to the player. But it, however, turns very slowly.
  4. The game has an Endless Mode, a nice alternative if you got bored playing the story mode.
  5. mystman12 recently made a Kickstarter for the game, which he will use to develop it into a full game with features including randomly generated levels, new characters, field trips that reward items and permanent buffs, and more.
  6. The concept of mixing an education and horror game together is an interesting idea.
  7. Some special structures and random events in the Public Demo are funny.
  8. The developer, mystman12, has gave the game some nice updates, [Ex. New items, changes in AI Behavior, a mobile port, smoother physics, etc.]

Reception

The main inspiration of Baldi's Basics in Education & Learning is '90s edutainment games such as Sonic's Schoolhouse, as well as pulling "the game is not what it seems" gimmick. The game, despite being placed in 2nd, has been recently getting high critical praise from its fans, even making mods for the game and fangames.

Most people who didn't get that the game was bad on purpose gave overwhelmingly negative reviews and negative reactions, while people who took the game as the horror parody it was supposed to be, for the most part, reacted positively, which led to the game even getting its own fandom and cult-following.

Trivia

  • One of the official images found in McGonigal's previous tweets back during the game's development shows that there were going to be more subjects than just math, including science, spelling, history, geography, and geology, the creator claims that he won't be adding any of those back in though.
  • The game is mostly made of 2D objects. Desks, lockers, chairs, tables, Zesty Machine and the BSODA Machine are the only 3D models.
  • Baldi's Basics is based on the late 90's edutainment game genre.
    • The games that Baldi's Basics was inspired by are Sonic's SchoolhouseI.M. Meen, Slender, and 3D Dinosaur Adventure: Save The Dinosaurs.
  • The game became part of a game chain that contains other popular games. Baldi's Basics is commonly crossed over with games of that chain.
    • As of February 1st, the game has an official mobile port, which can be downloaded on the game's itch.io page.
  • Two of the game's characters, It's a Bully and Baldi himself were characters created by McGonigal during his childhood, years before the game was conceived.
  • McGonigal created the game entirely by himself in only 2 weeks.
  • There is a chance that the Principal of the Thing could actually be a poorly edited photograph of mystman12 himself. It is not confirmed, but it is assumed to be him.
  • McGonigal provides almost all of the voices in the game, with the exception of 1st Prize, who is voiced by a text to speech program.
  • In the game's files, you can find many unused sounds. For example, two sound clips for The Principal Of The Thing intended for a character that would immobilize the player while stabbing them and look into others' lockers, Playtime would give you instructions on how to do the jump rope (which was unused due to it increasing the difficulty and not being necessary) and the jumps you are required for Playtime to let you go was going to be 10 instead of 5 (likely for the same reason the instructions went unused). Luckily, you can use a mod (Baldi's BRUTAL Basics) that makes the game harder and puts the 10 jumps requirement back in.
  • There are good mods for this game, like Baldi's Basics: The Old Laboratory, Cutman's Clues in Boo Boo Stuff, The School, Retro's Basics in Fun Activities (the first decompile mod), and the infamous Garfelf's Guide series.
  • According to mystman12, Principal of the Thing is in fact wearing a yellow bow-tie, but it is extremely hard to see because he uses very few colors to dither the Principal's image, as Principal's skin color is very similar to the color of his bow-tie. It is located on his neck and can more clearly be seen in his merchandise items.

Comments


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LoudHouseFan777

23 months ago
Score 11
Happy Birthday, Baldi...
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Hayden B.

21 months ago
Score 7
Hey, pal, you just blow in from RabidFanboyVille?
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SANICANIC

18 months ago
Score 1
love this game
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MeMeGuYWasLost

17 months ago
Score 2
Baldie
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Hinami

17 months ago
Score 2

That's different game.

https://www....=XIGRJouXha0
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Botbuster

16 months ago
Score 1
Honestly, whoever made the sub pagee about the public demo failed to realize that the the full game is still a WIP, hence why many features are not here.
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Jamie2Jamie

14 months ago
Score -2
I did that. I know it’s a WIP, but some features from the original game are missing.
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Thomaslover66

7 months ago
Score 0
So how are things missing from the full-game a bad quality? That makes no sense at all.
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Knep

13 months ago
Score 1
This is a parody game.
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CotepusBBIEAL

13 months ago
Score 0
I know this game is bad but I still love it, especially making mods.
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Aspen Pellot

13 months ago
Score 0
Why's the whole page underline?
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Hinami

13 months ago
Score 0
? It isn't.
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A.A Founder

13 months ago
Score 0
What’s with this? “ You can only go through yellow doors if you have 2 notebooks “, Sure, I removed that part, but I want to know why that was there.
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Akash The Nintendo Guy

12 months ago
Score 2
No offense but I actally like Baldi
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Paprika

12 months ago
Score 5
I like this game too actually. More in a "so bad it's good" way however.
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Akash The Nintendo Guy

12 months ago
Score 0
Well, They do have a point It's a bully is the only terrible character in the game.
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SarahTheCartoonist

8 months ago
Score 0
Same here :)
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LimeMetz

12 months ago
Score 0

It's kinda sad to see that Garfelf's Guide (especially it's later installments as they got creepier and creepier) weren't mentioned as one of the good mods for this game.

Keep in mind, while people did make rip-off that series of mods, that doesn't mean that it could have been important since it did inspire some people to make decent mods of Baldi's Basics.
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SarahTheCartoonist

10 months ago
Score 1
But I like this game, why
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Hookuai

10 months ago
Score 0
Please dont get this deleted
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HammerBro101

10 months ago
Score 1
This is the Sonic's Schoolhouse of the modern era.
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Paprika

10 months ago
Score 0
Imagine Sonic actually going crazy and chasing the player with a ruler though.
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SpongeBoi1999

3 months ago
Score 0
But it's meant to be bad.
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PrincessLeafy

9 months ago
Score -4
I can't stand this game, so glad it's on here
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CircleyDoesExtracter

7 months ago
Score 2
Math!
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ThePCGamer

7 months ago
Score 3
"Congratulations!! You have failed all 7 Notebooks!! Now all what do you need to do is... GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'" Heheheee! - Baldi
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NathanAnimate

5 months ago
Score -2
I don't like the game either.
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AgentLocke

4 months ago
Score 0
I like this game but i dont like its fandom
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LuigiMan050-5

3 months ago
Score 0
I think this game actually TRIED to suck...
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AwesomePlushProductionsYT

2 months ago
Score 0
It did. The game intentionally sucks. I love it cuz it’s hilarious tho
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LoonaHelluva

3 months ago
Score 2
This game has a fanbase who likes it and praises it. why is it on here? sorry just a question.. lol
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José Lourenço oojhj

3 months ago
Score 2
NO BALDI IS NOT A BAD GAME ITS AN MASTERPIECE
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AwesomePlushProductionsYT

2 months ago
Score 1
Yes, but it’s on here cuz it intentionally sucks
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AwesomePlushProductionsYT

2 months ago
Score 1
I actually love this game because it’s hilarious
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ZebraTerabyte

one month ago
Score 1
Yesterday i had a dream where baldi was chasing me in the halls.

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