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Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning, also simply known as Baldi's Basics, is an indie horror video game by American independent game developer Micah McGonigal, also known as Mystman12.

Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning parodies and is based on educational video games from the 1980s and 90s. The game's main antagonist is Baldi, a poorly-modeled CGI humanoid figure who attempts to stop the player from escaping a school by asking them to solve math problems. Other characters from the game are Playtime, the Principal of the Thing, It's a Bully and Gotta Sweep.


Game release[]

On March 31st, 2018, Micah McGonigal released Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning for free on In the game's description, McGonigal described the game:

"Inspired by creepy/bad edutainment games from the 90s (Sonic's Schoolhouse, I.M. Meen, 3D Dinosaur Adventure: Save the Dinosaurs), this game starts out seemingly innocent enough, but it quickly becomes clear that this isn't edutainment. Collect all 7 of the notebooks and escape the school, all while avoiding Baldi. Baldi has many friends in the school that will slow down your progress and put you at risk of being caught, so learn how each character works and how you can avoid their attention. Find and use items to your advantage. Oh, and finally, try not to get the quiz answers wrong… Each wrong answer makes Baldi angrier…"

That day, he tweeted, "It's finally finished… Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning is now available to download! Be warned, it's really bad. #MetaGameJam #gamedev." The post received more than 50 retweets and 310 likes in two months.


The game was created for the Meta Game Jam, a video game competition in which users attempt to create the most self-aware game possible. Baldi's Basics came in 2nd place with 39 ratings and a score of .548. Following the release, the game received a 4.8 rating on

On April 12th, the video game website Kotaku gave Baldi's Basics a positive review. They wrote, "The titular Baldi will stalk you throughout the school, creepily smacking a ruler against his hand. If he finds you, you get a jumpscare and a game over. Baldi’s Basics isn’t that deep, but I loved both its commitment to the joke of making fun of bad edutainment games and how well it pivots from humor to horror. It’s free on, and probably would be fun to prank your friends with."

On May 28th, 2018, YouTuber Markiplier published a "Let's Play" video of the game. The post (shown below) received more than 1.2 million views in 24 hours.

Related memes[]


"GOTTA SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP!" is a memorable quote said by the character Gotta Sweep. This quote became a meme around the community and remixes of it were submitted in YouTube.