Baldi’s Basics is a creepy 90s edutainment game. It’s a horror game. Seriously.
If you’ve played games like Sonic’s Schoolhouse, 3D Dinosaur Adventure, or even I.M. Meen, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. They’re those games that used chunky 3D graphics and had some very things that made it creepy- I”m talking about the random things. Random objects, action, animations, and other things that are just so weird they’re creepy.
Baldi’s Basics takes the same concept and puts it all into one package. Let me try to explain how this game works.
You’re a student in a school and there’s a guy running around slapping a rule against his palm. This is Baldi. He’s an angry teacher or something wearing a green shirt and looking to give you a spanking with his ruler.
Your mission is to run around the school and AVOID Baldi no matter what. If you get caught, you go to detention. You need to collect 7 notebooks located throughout the school without running into Baldi in the rooms and hallways. Think Slender: Edutainment Edition.
Yup, that’s right. It’s a creepy horror game.
Baldi runs around the school constantly on your tail. He’ll try to trap you around the corner or lock you in a hallway. You can see him coming or listen for his ruler slapping against his palm. Every time you find a notebook, you have to answer 3 math questions. The first 2 are easy, but the last one is impossible (you’ll see why). If you get any of them wrong (you have to), it makes Baldi angrier. The angrier Baldi gets, the faster he slaps his ruler and faster he moves. Don’t get caught.
As you run around the school collecting the notebooks, you’ll find Baldi’s friends. Without spoiling the game, you’ll encounter some VERY weird objects and people that will attempt to slow you down, push you back, or even withhold you so Baldi will catch you. Avoid them and do what’s necessary to not get caught!
If Baldi catches you, you’re in for a jumpscare with some very disorienting noise.
There’s literally no other game I can think of like this one. Baldi’s Basics starts off like a typical 90s educational game but quickly evolves into a terrible mess of creepy horror. You’ll have no idea what you’re playing and constantly question everything.
The game’s environment is very random- you’ll see random objects, pictures on the walls, fidget spinners, and a staff lounge. The game is so random that you’ll feel like you’re having a surreal dream or something. It’s actually very well done even though it looks very unpolished- but that adds to the 90s feel.
As you traverse the halls, watch out for Baldi, They’re narrow so it’s easy tog et caught! If you see him coming, turn around and RUN. That’s just a tip I can give you.
You’ll find lots of objects you can use to replenish your stamina or help you stop Baldi. Use them to slow or distract him down when you’re in a tight space. You can also send him the other direction with some items which you’ll need if you want to escape him and not get sent to detention.
It’s one of those indie horror games where the character isn’t that scary and the game isn’t supposed to be scary- but it’s so well done in a subtle way that it becomes scary. You’ll see what I mean when you play it. I think the game also has multiple endings as well depending on how you play.
Overall, it’s just so weird that it’s creepy. There’s no describing it. The sound. The atmosphere. The jumpscares. It’s an educational horror game.
Try out Baldi’s Basics using the link below. It’s honestly the freaky horror game that you’ve never seen. Don’t let him catch you.
- Creepy characters
- Well-done atmosphere that immerses the player
- Super weird and random objects and sound effects
- Unique concept
- This game can be very difficult to beat
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