Baldi's Education in School 3D

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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School-based game is creepy, not educational.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not recommend for learning.

Ease of Play

Directions are intentionally minimal, but the controls are frustrating to use, obstacles are sometimes too close together, and seemingly glitchy things happen now and again (although it's possible that those are intentional). 

Violence

You are constantly being chased by characters intending to do you harm (e.g., one character chases you with a ruler), the whole environment is creepy, and things pop up suddenly. 

Sex

Banner/pop-up ads may contain sexualized content. 

Language
Consumerism

Banner ads are constantly present on-screen and pop-ups occur regularly during gameplay. There's one in-app purchase, available from the main screen, which allows you to remove ads, and there's no parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Baldi's Education in School 3D is marketed in app stores as an educational game, but it's actually a horror title set in a school. Similar games by different developers exist for Android devices as well, but they may vary in content. There's a clear warning at the beginning of the iOS version. Players do have to solve simple math problems, but they intentionally become impossible to answer in order to incur the wrath of the creepy lead character. Everything about the environment is creepy, controls are frustrating and glitchy, and the in-game ads (banners and pop-ups) have material marked "NSFW" (not safe for work). Ads can be disabled for $1.99 via an in-app purchase on the main menu, but there's no parent gate to keep kids from doing this on their own. Young kids will likely be freaked out by this game, as characters pop up suddenly to attack you. There's no gore, but it's easy to be caught/attacked, forcing you to start over. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPrince kommun B. August 16, 2018

THIS IS EDUCATIONAL

This is education that are learning math!
Parent of a 10 year old Written byTHEBESTREVIEWS August 23, 2018

GOOD GAME BUT HARD

Baldi's basics is a good game but is quite hard for younger kids. The game is a horror game but also contains maths and if your kid loves video games but y... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byOneboyreviewing September 27, 2018

Horrible bootleg

This game is actually an unofficial rip-off of a game called "Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning" which is pretty much the same thing but t... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 28, 2018

Educational game but, a little creepy

I do not know what to say anymore...

What's it about?

BALDI'S EDUCATION IN SCHOOL 3D is a horror puzzler set in a 3D school environment. Kids are immediately introduced to the lead character, Baldi, a creepy guy who seems to be either a teacher or a janitor. He tasks them with finding seven notebooks hidden around the school. A set of rules instruct kids to avoid running, to stay out of the faculty lounge, etc. As kids find notebooks, they are asked to answer questions. They start simply, such as "What is 2+1?" but eventually become impossible to solve. Every wrong answer makes Baldi angrier, and when he's angry enough, he chases kids around the school with a ruler. He's also got a cadre of friends who are on the hunt. The goal is to find all of the notebooks and escape unharmed.

Is it any good?

While there's most definitely an audience for this game, it's not one whose parents are choosing apps for them. Baldi's Education in School 3D has been listed as an educational title (at the time of this writing, it's in the Games category), and it simply isn't, any more than High School Musical is an educational movie. Genre aside, the biggest issue is that the controls are not user-friendly. Panning requires swiping on the screen, while moving uses an on-screen "joystick." It's easy to activate the wrong one accidentally. Even with the right navigation tool, it's clumsy to get around obstacles. Smaller complaints include poor grammar on signs, and glitches that have you walking through closed doors. The graphics are awful and the pop-up ads are jarring, intrusive, and often adult. Still, there's something so absurd and surprising about Baldi's Education in School 3D that it holds a certain cult appeal. If you happen to be looking for a weird, creepy, horror puzzler, you've found it. If you're looking for math drills or a fun game for young kids, move on.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about this genre of games that rely on jump scares. What's the appeal of a game like Baldi's Education in School? Is it sometimes fun to be scared? What makes this experience scary? Sounds? Images?

  • How do you like this app in comparison with other apps you could play? As you balance your time on- and offscreen, would this be an app you'd choose to use? Why or why not?

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