A Parent’s Guide to Baldi’s Basics in Education and Learning (Video Game)

Baldi’s Basics by mystman12

Type: Horror, Parody

Basic Plot/Idea: The player must get seven notebooks for his friend and escape school. Unfortunately, this must be done while being chased by your psychopath teacher chasing you with a smacking ruler.

Quality

Game Play and Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: Most of the plot is purposely made to be incoherent and silly, which adds a unique charm but does not necessarily give it a high value. It is short, simple, and linear, not really being a story that focuses on a plot. What can be found as a story, though, will no doubt make players chuckle with humor and confusion.

The game play is simple, running from a psycho teacher and collecting math notebooks. At the same time, players must try to avoid other characters that will slow them down from achieving their goal.

Graphics: 3/5 Average: While part of the game’s charm and adding to the horror theme, there is nothing really outstanding about the graphics, mainly because they are simple and old fashioned. While I would not want them to change, I am not necessarily going to say that simplicity of this sort is amazing, merely cute in the way that one looks at someone who is always clumsy or clueless.

Music and Sound Effects: 4/5 Well Done: The reason I rate the music and sound affects so high is because this is really the contributing factor that makes the game scary. The sounds startle and scare players, if not also weird them out. While it is in it of itself nothing extraordinary, it is the main contributor to the horror aspect of the game.

Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: This is a great game to play with friends or family, as well as pass an afternoon, but don’t expect it to entertain you for months at a time. (Not that your bad if you do, just don’t expect it.) I would recommend the game to boys and girls twelve and older.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 0/5 None

Violence: 0/5 None

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 2½/5 Scary and Disturbing Content: The character is being chased by a nineties style video game teacher who is smacking their hand with a ruler, and the teacher waves unnaturally at you in the beginning. Characters sometimes fly practically out of nowhere, and the randomly yelled out, distorted phrases and sentences can put players on edge. Near the end, the whole game screen is tinted red and there is a weird sucking wind. One ending has a clothes and hair and eyes telling a person they are not in the game and that the game needs to be deleted in a gravelly voice with random beeping noises. The game as a whole, is just designed to feel creepy, and the kiddie graphics only help add to that.

Religious Issues: 0/5 None

Magic: 0/5 None

Others: None

Overall: 2½/5 Almost Child Appropriate: I would recommend this to children twelve to thirteen and older. It is not so scary as it is silly, especially when compared to games like FNAF.

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