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The pause menu is a menu that appears when the "Pause" action key (ESC by default) is pressed from PC ports or tapping the pause symbol (Pause.png) on mobile devices, allowing the player to pause the game until they either continue or quit it.


Baldi's Basics Plus

Pause Menu Plus.png

The pause menu is displayed by the You Can Think Pad layout with Baldi's heads and green lighting effect. It also shows the seed the player is using for easy bug reporting.

Name Functions
Resume Resume the game. This can also be done by pressing the "Pause" or "Advanced Map" action key.
Options Displays a list of options to modify.
Quit Brings the player to the a next screen for asking before quitting the game.
Quit notification.png

When the player presses the "Quit" text, then it shows another screen to make sure whether they quit the game or not. When mouse over the YES or NO text, Baldi heads on the background will nod or shake, similar to Classic and Birthday Bash.

Baldi's Basics Classic / Baldi's Basics Birthday Bash

A pause menu on Android/iOS.

The pause menu appears with black text in the Comic Sans MS font, and two stationary Baldi head sprites: The YES option has an animated Baldi face nodding his head while smiling, and the NO option has an animation of him shaking his head while frowning.

Name Functions
YES Brings the player back to the main menu. Can also be done by pressing the Y key.
NO Resumes the game. Can also be done by pressing the N key.

Baldi's Basics - Field Trip demo: Camping


The pause menu just shows white non-pixelated text with a punctuation error and a misspelled word ("PASUED" instead of "PAUSED" and "IT"S" instead of "IT'S").

Other than pausing the game, the menu lacks other options and will be un-paused when pressing ESC again.

Baldi's Basics Full Game Early Demo

Early demo pause.png

The pause menu only shows black text, lacking the "Quit" button. The screen becomes slightly darker when paused.

Baldi's Basics Kickstarter Exclusive Demo / Baldi's Basics - Challenges Demo

Pause Menu ChallengesDemo.png

It is the same as in Baldi's Basics Plus prior to V0.3.3, but without the seed display.


Baldi's Basics Plus
  • Prior to V0.3.3, the "Quit" button was located at the middle of the screen.
  • Prior to V0.3.5, the You Can Think Pad layout was zoomed in before the pause menu is featured.
Baldi's Basics Classic

A pause menu in Baldi's Basics Classic before V1.3.

  • Before V1.3, there was no animation sprite of Baldi shaking/nodding his head, and instead, it was just plain text. In this version, the player could press ESC again to un-pause the game or pressing Q to exit back to the main menu.

A pause menu in Baldi's Basics Classic between V1.3 to V1.3.2.

  • In versions 1.3 to 1.3.2, Baldi's heads were constantly animated and the player could only press Y to quit or N to resume the game. Since V1.4, Baldi's heads can be clicked/touched and will only be animated when the mouse cursor is hovered on any of them on PC or holding on them with a finger and sliding it across the screen on mobile versions.
Baldi's Basics Kickstarter Exclusive Demo
  • Before V1.2, the pause menu was the same as in Full Game Early Demo with the difference being that there is a button that leads to options.


Baldi's Basics Plus
  • Prior to V0.3.3, if the player paused the game before Baldi starts chasing them and then switches to another program, the game would continue to play the school music until it ended.
Baldi's Basics Full Game Early Demo
  • When the player displays the pause menu before the elevator opens, the gameplay can still go on and the player can still move and use the controls when the game is paused.


Baldi's Basics Plus
Classic/Birthday Bash