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Baldi's Basics

Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning is an indie horror game released in 2018. It was developed by Micah McGonigal, also known as "mystman12", as a parody of both the educational games of the 90s and the typical horror genre.

How to play Baldi's Basics?

In Baldi's Basics, players assume the role of a student in a schoolhouse. The objective is to collect seven notebooks scattered throughout the school, each containing a series of math problems. The game starts off easy, but quickly ramps up in difficulty as the math problems become increasingly difficult to solve.

The school's teacher, Baldi, is friendly at first. However, when the player starts answering questions incorrectly, Baldi becomes more and more frustrated..

The game's environment is a surreal mix of simplistic 3D graphics and intentionally poor design elements, contributing to an overall feeling of unease. The player needs to avoid other characters in the schoolhouse while trying to collect the notebooks, adding another layer of challenge to the game.

The unique blend of education and horror, along with its distinctive visual style, has made Baldi's Basics a popular game among players and streamers alike. Despite its simple graphics and gameplay, it offers a uniquely unsettling gaming experience.

What are the controls for Baldi's Basics?

The controls for Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning are typical for a first-person PC game:

  • WASD keys: Move your character around. W moves you forward, S moves you backward, and A and D move you to the left and right respectively.
  • Mouse: Look around and aim.
  • Left Mouse Click: Interact with objects and answer math problems in the notebooks.
  • Right Mouse Click: Use selected items.
  • Scroll Wheel or Number Keys: Change the currently selected item.
  • Space Bar: Look behind you and wave goodbye to your friends!
  • Shift: Run (keep an eye on your stamina bar!)
  • Escape: Pause the game.


  • Unique Educational Theme: The game is set in a strange school where you need to collect notebooks and solve problems.
  • Unpredictable Gameplay: The game's AI adjusts to your moves, making the gameplay unpredictable and challenging.
  • Retro-Styled Graphics: The game features a 90s-style educational game aesthetic for a nostalgic feel.
  • Multiple Characters: Various characters in the school with different behaviors to watch out for.
  • Strategy Required: Players must strategize and use items found throughout the school to progress and avoid Baldi.
  • Exploration: The school layout changes each time you play, encouraging exploration.
  • Replay Value: With its random elements and changing layout, the game offers high replay value.

Release date

April 2018





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