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The You Can Think Pad is a device in the Baldi's Basics series.

In Baldi's Basics Plus, it is used to display the advanced map and the pause menu.

In Baldi's Basics Classic, Baldi's Basics Birthday Bash, and Baldi's Basics Classic Remastered, it is a tablet computer used to teach the player one-digit addition and subtraction.

Description

The You Can Think Pad is a green map tablet with an antenna, a red ellipsoid, and a black screen. This device shows the map, pause screen, and other mechanics.

The You Can Think Pad's design in Classic/Birthday Bash.

In Baldi's Basics Classic, Birthday Bash, and Classic Remastered, it appears as a green tablet on a black background with a purple ellipsoid on the top left corner of it. It has an antenna on the top right corner. In the top center, there is text saying "You Can Think Pad" in navy. On the bottom left corner, Baldi appears on a small screen on the bottom left, but once a problem is answered incorrectly, he makes an angry face and he does not show up when collecting the next notebooks. The "Learn" track that plays during the first two sequences until a wrong answer is given is played in a two-second loop. There is also a green number pad on the right side with small purple buttons with numbers 0-9, the letter C to clear the answer entirely, the negative sign (-), and a big circle button with "OK!" text.

Functions

The pause menu in the You Can Think Pad.

Baldi's Basics Plus

The advanced map in the You Can Think Pad.

The You Can Think Pad will display mechanical features to the game such as the map and the pause menu. This concept was first introduced in V1.2 of the Kickstarter Exclusive Demo.

Baldi's Basics Classic/Birthday Bash/Classic Remastered

Answer the three questions correctly, and you might get something special!
 
— Baldi

The player using the You Can Think Pad to solve a math problem.

When the player uses the You Can Think Pad, it has a question and an answer box, both of which are colored white. The answer box has text that says "ENTER ANSWER" in a light gray color. The player has to enter an answer consisting only of numbers, and sometimes a hyphen (for negative numbers) into the empty box. If they solve the problem correctly by typing in the right answer (or clicking/touching the buttons on the number pad), they get a green check indicator on one of the three boxes on the left. If they answer incorrectly, they get a red cross indicator instead.

Upon getting all of the questions right in the first notebook, the You Can Think Pad will display "WOW! YOU EXIST!". The last question of the first notebook is normal and can be solved, but the final question for the second notebook and every further notebook (except on Endless Mode) consists of a clumped amount of numbers, making it impossible to answer correctly.

When the player inevitably gets their first question wrong (as a result of the impossible question in the second notebook), the music will stop, and Baldi's smile will slowly turn into an angry frown, before displaying one of two messages on the You Can Think Pad. Both of these messages appear to be threats to scare the player, yet they also give hints to Baldi's behavior. After five seconds, the game exits out of the You Can Think Pad.

This is when Baldi starts chasing the player, and the real game begins. In Story Mode, the next notebooks will still have the third impossible question, unlike in Endless Mode, where only the second notebook has an impossible question.

Intentionally or accidentally failing all three questions will cause a unique message to show up, saying, "I HEAR MATH THAT BAD". The message only appears in Story Mode, oddly enough. It will also make Baldi furious, moving abnormally fast for a few moments before gradually calming down and returning to his normal speed.

Other appearances

  • In Baldi's Basics Birthday Bash, the player can still use the You Can Think Pad from two extra notebooks in the glitched school.
  • In Baldi's Basics Classic Remastered, the size of the You Can Think Pad in Classic is reduced to be fully seen. The text is no longer in all caps and the question is moved down slightly. The indicators have a new design, too. Also, the answer box has no "ENTER ANSWER" text and the bottom left screen's background is white instead of black.
  • In Baldi's Basics - Field Trip demo: Camping and Baldi's Basics Full Game Early Demo, the You Can Think Pad is unimplemented.

Quotes

Note: These quotes are exclusively featured in Classic and Birthday Bash.

Caption/Transcript Description
WOW! YOU EXIST!

If all questions are answered correctly on the first notebook.

That's more like it... When the player answered all questions correctly on a notebook after obtaining the 3rd notebook in Endless Mode, and so on.
I can't remember what this one is supposed to say... (unused subtitle)
Keep up the good work or see me after class... (transcript only)

Caption/Transcript Description
I HEAR EVERY DOOR YOU OPEN When getting at least one question wrong. (Endless Mode or up to two questions in Story Mode)
I GET ANGRIER FOR EVERY PROBLEM YOU GET WRONG
I HEAR MATH THAT BAD (transcript only) When all 3 questions are answered incorrectly. (Story Mode only)

Transcript Description
THIS IS WHERE IT ALL BEGAN When typing 31718 in the answer box to teleport to the TestRoom.
USE THESE TO STICK TO THE CEILING! When enabling the upside-down secret (except for the HUDs) by typing in 53045009 in the answer box.

Transcript Description
We've updated our privacy policy. Does not exist in-game. Only appears in a joke teaser posted while Baldi's Basics Classic V1.3 was under development.

Trivia

General
Baldi's Basics Plus
  • The You Can Think Pad's teaching feature was moved to Baldi's Math Machine, as its purpose was changed in this game.[1]
    • The reason for doing this is pausing the game to solve math problems would break the flow and ruin the fun in the game.[2]
  • There is a feature related to the You Can Think Pad called You Thought Points.[3] However, after the function of the You Can Think Pad was changed, it is impossible to earn You Thought Points on this device.
  • Probably, the You Can Think Pad appearing on the Baldi's Basics Plus pause menu is a reference to the fact that Baldi stops moving when using it in Baldi's Basics Classic.
  • In the json file since V0.3.3, there is an unused quote that reads "I can't remember what this one is supposed to say...". Also, the "Keep up the good work or see me after class..." and "I HEAR MATH THAT BAD" quotes are not included.
Classic/Birthday Bash
  • Baldi stops moving while the player uses the You Can Think Pad.[4]
  • The "31718" number, along with the You Can Think Pad's corresponding result message, is a reference to the actual date that mystman12 began developing Baldi's Basics Classic - March 17, 2018 (3/17/18).
  • The "53045009" code is "GOOSHOES" upside down. The "goo shoes" is a reference of the Slime Shoes in the 90s.
    • In Baldi's Basics Birthday Bash, the player can find filename2 by entering this code, because it teleports them from the glitched school to the lower floor.
  • The secret codes can still be filled in even when the player has answered all three questions in each You Can Think Pad.
  • By adjusting to the 4:3 aspect ratio, the You Can Think Pad can be seen in full view.
  • The model of the You Can Think Pad was featured as one of the first digital goodies.[5]


Baldi's Basics Classic
  • The You Can Think Pad had a few changes in the updates before V1.4:
    • The You Can Think Pad lacked the number pad from its right side.
    • It originally has a trademark icon (TM) at the end of its name: "You Can Think PadTM". This was replaced in the latest update patch.
      • The title's font color was purple rather than navy.
    • Before V1.3, at the beginning of the first (and second, in most cases) notebooks, Baldi said the quotes about the subject and how to use the You Can Think Pad. However, since this update, this only applies to the first notebook the player collects. On the second notebook, these quotes are not used.
    • The texts and marks were not pixelated.
  • A joke teaser under production of V1.3.

    While V1.3 was under production, a joke teaser shows the You Can Think Pad with the text "We've updated our privacy policy.".
  • The player can only put numbers in the answer, not letters and symbols (except for the hyphen used for negative numbers).
    • Before V1.4, it was possible to type decimal points/dots in the answer. But since this update, it is no longer possible to type decimals unless the code is modified.
  • The impossible questions were made by overlaying 3 layers of randomized equations on top of each other.[6]
  • In V1.4.1d, the "OK!" button could be pressed, even though the answer box is empty.
    • Since V1.4.2, on mobile versions, it can now only be pressed when the answer box is filled. This was done to prevent the player from accidentally inputting a wrong answer while spam clicking the CursorSprite custom.png button to collect notebooks.[7]
  • Secret codes were first introduced in update V1.4.1.

Glitches

Baldi's Basics Classic
  • The text showing despite a problem being wrong

    The text overlapping the impossible question

    In the first version, the "WOW! YOU EXIST!" text will always display after completing the third problem regardless of any being incorrectly answered. This also carries over to the impossible question, where upon completion, the text overlaps the problem.
  • In V1.4.1d, the first Android version, the game would sometimes pause after leaving the You Can Think Pad.


References

  1. "The YCTP has been re-purposed as the device used to view the map and pause menu and stuff. All the math problems and other activities that must be completed to unlock notebooks no longer use a separate screen." - Baldi's Basics Plus Steam Community Hub
  2. "I've scrapped the idea of pausing the game to solve math problems, it just broke the flow too much and wasn't any fun. There will be more variety to the activities down the line (So not just math machines) but I don't plan on doing anything that requires stopping everything else." - Baldi's Basics Plus Steam Community Hub
  3. "First off, the You Can Think Pads will get a new feature, the ability to award You Thought Points (YTPs)! Depending on how quickly you solve the problems they present, you'll earn more YTPs. ... There will be other ways to earn YTPs as well, such as in field trips, or even through some characters!" - Kickstarter Update #3 - One week in! More new features and creating characters!
  4. "Yeah... Baldi- Baldi stops moving when you're in the You Can Think Pad, so ..." - Livestream archive 38:36-38:45
  5. "The classic You Can Think Pad model" - First Digital Goodies are now available!
  6. "It's actually just three layers of randomized numbers on top of each other." - mystman12. June 29, 2018. Twitter
  7. ""OK" button can no longer be pressed while the answer box is empty. This is to prevent a wrong answer being accidentally input when mashing the interact button to pick up a notebook." - mystman12. March 20, 2019. itch.io

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