No running in the halls! Baldi’s Basics gets a Kickstarter campaign, aims for full release next year

Basically Games has recently released a Kickstarter campaign for its indie edutainment/horror game Baldi’s Basics in Education and Learning in order to create a full version for PC, Mac, and Linux. If funded with $50,000 by August 23, the game will have a planned release date of December 2019. A runaway success for Youtubers and streamers everywhere, the game tasks players with answering some simple math problems while escaping the school containing the titular antagonist and a motley crew of characters.

From the game’s Kickstarter page:

This game is a 90’s edutainment parody horror-type game with a flair of weirdness! The original was solely created by me in two weeks for the 2018 Meta Game Jam, which, overall, placed second in the competition. About a month after release, the game quickly caught on as a viral phenomenon and has since been downloaded over one million times.

The game’s goal is to collect seven notebooks in a school and escape, but as you run down the hallways collecting notebooks, a teacher named Baldi watches and listens for you in pursuit. You have to be wary of other characters at the same time, who can impede your progress or inadvertently help if you use their abilities in your favor! On top of that, there are multiple items that can ward off characters, increase your odds of not being heard, and more. Altogether, these elements result in addictive, strategic gameplay that have had players never wanting this school to end!

You might be thinking “So, you want to create a ‘full’ version of the game. How will that compare with the original”? Well, I’ve had the idea for Baldi’s Basics in Education and Learning for a long time, and the version I created for the Meta Game Jam only scratches the surface of that idea. I want to dig deeper. This doesn’t mean I’d like a bunch of sequels or to release the “full” game in random parts. My philosophy as a game designer is to create one great game that fully realizes the concept in its entirety. This means the core gameplay, art style, and educational guise will remain, but be improved with brand new content!

For those wanting to contribute to the game’s Kickstarter, there are multiple tiers available, with $10 netting a digital copy of the game to a $500 photo tier. The Kickstarter page also includes a new demo where players will be able to go on a camping trip with Baldi. Check out the Kickstarter trailer above, and stay tuned for more news here on Gaming Trend.

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