Baldi’s Basics in Education and Learning offers intense educational action, mingling edutainment and horror as players work to collect notebooks and avoid a certain unsettling educator. However, this experience in discomforting school life is looking to get an upgrade, one that adds randomization, more complex stage designs, new characters to meet, and some (lethal-ish) field trips for aspiring students to go on.
Baldi’s Basics currently hurls the player into an unsettling school filled with strange, varied art styles, using the disjointed style of 90’s educational games to make player uncomfortable as they learn. Not only this, but they have to dodge the innocuous Baldi, a being whose goofy frown belies just how dangerous he can be to those who have little skill at basic math. It’s a chilling, yet ridiculous experience, one that offers a unique take on fear.
Developer Micah McGonigal is looking to add more to the experience, adding randomization elements to keep players from knowing exactly where to go, new stage elements to make progress more complex, new items that will help players survive lethal educators, and new characters that will make the player’s journey through school that much more difficult. On top of this, field trips will be added into the game, offering journeys to all-new places where you’ll have to deal with special play challenges (that will probably kill you). With these, Baldi’s Basics looks to make school life even more uncomfortable and dangerous than it already is.
Baldi’s Basics in Education and Leaning is available for free (in its original state) from Itch.io. For more information on the game and Micah McGonigal, you can follow them on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also donate to its further development through Kickstarter.