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It's not a cartoon. It's a game.
— Message from the BFDIA 5b announcement video
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The game's title screen


Michael Huang
Cary Huang


Adobe Flash/Web


Adventure, Platformer, Puzzle


Pencil, Match, Ice Cube, Book, Ruby, Bubble

Minor characters

Lego Brick
Evil Leafy

Released date

February 11, 2013


BFDIA 5b/Transcript


"Get in the Van"


"No More Snow!"

BFDIA 5b, also known as "5b", is a Flash side-scrolling platform web game made by Michael and Cary Huang. The game was released on February 11, 2013, as announced in an update video on January 31, 2013.[1] BFDIA 5b is the only episode to be a game rather than an animation and acts as the second part of the fifth episode of Battle for Dream Island Again. The game involves FreeSmart members traversing through Evil Leafy through several levels, trying to escape.

When the game debuted, the game had 33 playable levels, and the player could not pass level 33 until February 19, 2013. From February 19 to 25, the game had 50 playable levels, and the player could not pass level 50 until February 25. Due to the creators of the game being very busy, the February 25 update only added 3 new playable levels. The game has 53 playable levels, but the player cannot pass level 53. Even if the player gets past level 53, level 54 will be empty.

A note in level 53 says levels will be uploaded as soon as they are made, but on March 3, 2013, it was announced that the game was postponed for now due to BFDIA 5c being worked on. In BFDI's Best Hiatus Ever, Cary revealed that BFDIA 5b will be completed, possibly in the next few months, along with some other projects. However, no updates were made to the game since.

The game could be played here before Adobe ended support for Adobe Flash Player on December 31, 2020, and restricted Flash content on January 12, 2021. It can now be played in BlueMaxima's Flashpoint.



The information in the article below contains spoilers for the BFDI series. Please watch the episode(s) in question if you haven't seen them already.

Book starts out lost and forgetful of recent events. After realizing she is inside Evil Leafy, Book ventures out to find the other members of FreeSmart.

Book eventually finds Match trapped in a box in level 19 and asks if Match knows what is going on. Match recalls Pencil driving the FreeSmart Van into Evil Leafy's mouth. Match also remembers falling into her unpleasant box. Book and Match agree to find the other FreeSmarters.

Book and Match find the Hand-powered Recovery Center and the former figures it fell out of the FreeSmart Van.

Later, Match and Book enter a house in level 31. Inside, Book finds Lego Brick, but is first scared of him and thinks he is "an armless mutant Blocky". Lego Brick denies this and asks to be Book's friend. Book asks him "Where are we?" Lego Brick states that they are in Evil Leafy, along with thousands of other recommended characters. Lego Brick is confused at the fact that Evil Leafy ate Book and Match, but she reassures that they are fine. Lego Brick remains confused, Book says goodbye to carry on their adventure.

Book traps Lego Brick inside a box to activate a switch to complete a level. In the next level, Lego Brick turns mad, saying that Book trapped him inside a box. Book reassures her that it was only for desperate measures, but Lego Brick is unconvinced and punishes the two by forcing them to fall into his underground factory, teaching them not to mess with him.

Further into Lego Brick's dungeon, Book finds Ice Cube on an independent platform. Book asked her why she is in Lego Brick's Factory.

Ice Cube does not remember why she is in the dungeon but laments that if she had arms, she could pick up a nearby box to escape the dungeon. Fortunately, Book had arms, so she told her that she had arms. This made Icy happy. Book moves the box to the other low-hanging platforms, so Book, Match, and Ice Cube can continue the adventure.

The trio later meets Waffle and Tune, to which Match revolts, due to past experiences with recommended characters like Lego Brick. Ice Cube thinks they are nice, but Match sarcastically comparing how nice Lego Brick was.

Waffle and Book ask each other's group who they are. Waffle says that Lego Brick is a nice guy once you get to know him, but Book and Match still reject. Waffle introduces Tune but is cut off by Match's impatience. Waffle directs the three to Evil Leafy's mouth eastward, so they leave the recommended characters to continue the quest.

As Book, Match, and Ice Cube exit the house, Waffle and Book exchange goodbyes. Waffle says they are welcome back at any time. Book asks Ice Cube if the sky looks redder to her, but Ice Cube disagrees. Farther away from the house, Match questions why Waffle is outside. Waffle replies that they went on a walk to get some fresh air.

In level 53, the three are faced with an uncrossable wall. A message by Cary Huang appears behind the wall:

"Hi people. I've been really busy lately, so I've only been able to create three levels. :(
More levels coming soon. I will upload them as soon as I create them, so some could be out tomorrow, or in a week. I'm really sorry!!! I hope we can all understand."

In the BFDIA 5c announcement, jacknjellify spoils the ending with simply "FreeSmart escapes Evil Leafy".


The player starts the game as Book and moves through 53 levels though Evil Leafy. Match and Ice Cube are unlockable playable characters and are unlocked once they are met in the game. The game offers many platforming and puzzle challenges. In order to progress to the next level, all the playable characters must be in front of the exit door until it activates. Optionally, the player can collect one Win Token each level, most of which are in hidden or difficult to reach places. Beating the level with a Win Token will turn that level green on the level select screen. Win Tokens have no usage, but the number collected is tallied on the level select screen.

Playable characters can walk left and right, and jump in the air. Characters and items can be picked up, and can either be thrown again or set back down. When multiple characters are playable, they are operated one at a time and can be switched between each other. Book and Match can use Hand-powered Recovery Centers to revive dead characters. The game does not reset if a character dies due to the reviving mechanic. Instead, if the player is stuck in a level, they can reset the level manually to start over.

The title screen allows the player to watch the previous episode, BFDIA 5a, for context, start a new game (players must erase their saved progress if they have any to start a new game), or continue the game from their previous saved progress. The "LEVEL CREATOR" and "EXPLORE" options are unselectable on the title screen and were originally planned to release on March 4, 2013, but they were never released.


Action Keyboard controls
Walk Left and right arrow keys
Jump Space
Grab/Throw Up arrow key
Release Down arrow key
Change characters Z
Reset level R
Advance text box Enter or Shift
Menu select Left click
Scroll menu Hover mouse cursor up and down
Highlight menu button Tab
Select menu button Enter


Playable characters

The main character in the game. She can run and jump at normal speeds. She doesn't immediately burn when going through a heater, but she can still get burned by one rather quickly. She can throw boxes farther.
Appears for the first time in level 19: "Say hello". She is taller, can jump higher, and can go through smaller holes than other contestants. Match is immune to fire, so when going through a heater, her hair catches on fire and she can use the fire to burn other characters like Ice Cube. The fire can be put out by hitting a ceiling, being submerged in water, or by melting Ice Cube.
Ice Cube
Appears for the first time in level 42: "Eye skewb". She can run faster than any character, particularly when on a moving platform, but jumps very low. She instantly melts when standing on a heater. Due to her lacking arms, she cannot hold or throw things, or operate the HPRC.


Character Jump height Run speed (blocks/s) Jump distance Burn time (s) Effective width Effective height
Book 3 5 5 2 2 2
Match 3 5 4 2 (non-lethal) 1 3
Ice Cube 2 10 6 0.5 2 2
Character Width Height Weight Carried object height Friction Heat speed Jump height Jump height (blocks)
Book 23 56 0.36 31 0.8 1.7 95.4 3.18
Match 10 86 0.26 31 0.8 1.6 (non-lethal) 113.2126492 3.77
Ice Cube 20 51 0.41 20 (armless) 0.85 5 89.03219917 2.96

Non-playable characters

Lego Brick
An NPC character that can only be played by editing the game files. He doesn't have arms, but because he isn't meant to be played, he actually can pick up items and use the HPRC. He is a little on the slow side, however, he can jump rather high compared to the average.
An NPC character that can be only played by editing the game files. An armless character, but because Waffle isn't meant to be played as, they actually can hold and throw items and use the HPRC. They have a pitiful jump, and their speed isn't too great either.
An NPC character that can be only played by editing the game files. She is always seen bobbing to a rhythm, likely to the music in her headphones. She moves faster than both of the other RCs, but she is a little slower than Book.

Unintroduced characters

Does not appear in any level. She has the highest jump, along with the ability to float. She, however, when in contact with an object or wall, pops. This includes the edges of a level.
Ruby has the third-lowest jump, after Ice Cube and Waffle. She is the widest character out of the ones intended to ever be played as, and is also the shortest, as Ice Cube is taller than her.
Does not appear in any level. She can throw objects very far, and she can fit through small spaces like Match.

Other characters

  • Evil Leafy - Her role is the game's setting, she is mentioned, and she appears at the bottom of the level select screen.
  • Firey and Coiny - They aren't in the game, only in the updated thumbnail of the BFDIA 5b announcement video.
  • Announcer - He isn't in the game, but he uniquely appears as the game's favicon, because the game is located on the domain.


Main article: BFDIA 5b/Enemies

List of levels

53 levels were released. There are a total of 133 levels planned, 100 main levels and 33 bonus levels.

Level 53 is the last playable level, but Level 52 is the last level that is intended to be beaten, and the last that can be beaten without exploits. Once Level 53 is completed, because the game does not know how to handle non-existent levels, it shows "undefined" as the title, and quickly cycles through all of the backgrounds in the game.


A video announcing BFDIA 5b's release, titled under the same name, was released on February 11th, 2013. Additionally, BFDIA 5b's music is the video's music but slowed down to one-eighth speed.

Update history

BFDIA 5b was updated many times in 2013 after its initial release on February 11, 2013.

  • February 11, 2013 (initial release)
  • February 19, 2013
  • February 25, 2013
  • March 4, 2013 (canceled) - Level Creator and Explore mode were planned to release.
  • June 5, 2013 (minor update) - In Part 4 of Ni Hao Guylan's blind let's play of BFDIA 5b, he struggled on the early version of 029. Don't look back.[2] On June 5, 2013, shortly after the video as uploaded, carykh said in a comment on the video, "...I also just made level 29 a bit easier."[3] This suggests he updated the game that day, which would make June 5, 2013 the date of the last known update to BFDIA 5b, months after the last levels were added.

Bugs and glitches

Block clipping

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There are a few methods of block clipping. The first method is landing on top of a block while it being part of a wall. When doing this clips your legs and lower body into the block. The second method is pressing the opposite direction that you are currently looking at while doing it at the frame you touch the wall.

Level editing

Main article: BFDIA 5b/Level editing

It is possible to modify the game's code to change its levels. Level editing and its methods were discovered by the YouTuber JC7146, with videos as early as January 2016.


Main article: BFDIA 5b/Mods

Some mods have been created for 5b.

Potential return

On August 13, 2021, Some Guy On The Internet donated a message to Cary about porting BFDIA 5b on Newgrounds during a stream. The stream cut off but Cary later answered the question in a comment about the question being unanswered. He said that it would be cool to bring an old flash game into the modern era, but it would have to take a lot of work to do that, especially since he hasn't done game development in years. He's thinking about contacting game developers to make this a reality.[4]


  • Thumbnail for the BFDIA 5b announcement video

    BFDIA 5b loads the levels in from a text file called "levels.txt" which contains all of the levels. Upon starting the game, levels.txt is parsed and loaded into the game. If either levels.txt does not exist, or could not be parsed, the game will freeze indefinitely.
    • This makes level editing easy as you don't need to directly edit the game itself to edit levels.
  • The Clubhouse of Awesomeness, which appears in "Get in the Van", makes an appearance in Level 6 (Landfill) as one of the stages in the trailer. However, the Clubhouse of Awesomeness didn't appear in the official release.
  • BFDIA 5b is the first game to feature BFDIA characters, and the eighth game made by Michael and Cary Huang.
  • In the trailer, Book had a rainbow-colored background icon in the text box when she talked, but in the final game, Book had a purple background.
  • The thumbnail for the "BFDIA 5b is here" video, after being changed at one point, shows Coiny and Firey, with modified assets that include butts.
  • Level 29 was originally named "Toss Toss", but it was renamed to "Don't Look Back".
  • Level 32 was edited (originally, Match could not go to Lego Brick, and now she can go to him).
  • Carykh said on YouTube that Tennis Ball has "ELER" in the game. Cary said that he'll find out what it means later, stating that "he wouldn't like it."
  • The easter egg at the bottom of the level select screen is the first time Evil Leafy has opened her mouth. (This does not count BFDIA 5a, when her mouth was just a bunch of scribbles at the time when she ate some of the contestants.)
  • The "LEVEL CREATOR" and "EXPLORE" options on the home screen are blocked off with a sign stating "MARCH 4", meaning the modes were planned to release on March 4, 2013. Every March 4 from the game's release to the end of Flash support passed without an update. However, March 4 has now turned into a joke and a holiday within the community.
  • In level 31, Lego Brick said that there are thousands of recommended characters who are also inside of Evil Leafy, but it is unknown how they got into her mouth.
  • In the files of the SWF, there some elements that don't appear in the game, such as an asset for a running Bubble.
  • In the game, letters appear to be hanging from a tree in the background. For example, level 1 has an "E" hanging from a tree. Level 11 has a "V". Level 26 has an "I". These are the only 3 letters but it is speculated that it is supposed to spell "EVIL".
  • Level 53 is clearable, but level 54 is only the background and is called "undefined."
  • The game has a speedrunning community.
  • Adobe announced in July 2017 that Flash will stop being supported at the end of 2020. Cary Huang has talked about converting's Flash media to HTML 5, and said he's thought about (but hasn't worked on) porting BFDIA 5b to another system.
    • You will still be able to play 5b using the desktop version of Adobe Flash Player, as long as you also have the "levels.txt" file in the same directory of the game file.
  • The game is mentioned in Book's biography in the book Battle for Dream Island: Official Character Guide.
  • BFDIA 5b was recommended by bubblegumbeanie in "The Escape from Four".
  • For an unknown reason, jumping is broken for some players using Chromebooks and Macbook Pros.
  • The game is referenced in Lo-Fi Beats to Yoyle To — BFB 21 on Friday, July 3. Lego Brick listens to music from a boombox trapped in a box in 032. I need you for something.
  • Changing characters was originally going to be done with the Q key. In the source code the variables used to keep track of presses and timers weren't renamed to use Z instead, as found by Poley Magik on August 12, 2020.
  • No "B" levels were ever added to the game, but they were originally intended to be rewards for getting win tokens. This was confirmed by Michael in the August 2013 Jacknjellify livestream.[5]

Continuity references

Cultural references


External links

BFDIA 5bFirey's Candy Bar AdventureGTTTATINTThe Evil Leafy Maze GameTidepoolWoody's Incredible Journey to the Escape from Eternal Terror
2013 episodes
Get in the VanBFDIA 5bNo More Snow!It's a MonsterThe Long-lost Yoyle CityBFDIA 6 (cancelled)
Levels of BFDIA 5b (Category)
001 - 002 - 003 - 004 - 005 - 006 - 007 - 008
009 - 010 - 011 - 012 - 013 - 014 - 015 - 016
017 - 018 - 019 - 020 - 021 - 022 - 023 - 024
025 - 026 - 027 - 028 - 029 - 030 - 031 - 032
033 - 034 - 035 - 036 - 037 - 038 - 039 - 040
041 - 042 - 043 - 044 - 045 - 046 - 047 - 048
049 - 050 - 051 - 052 - 053 - 054
(further levels are not yet released)
Battle for Dream Island episodes and other videos
TFI: "Crying Contest" • "Balance Beam" • "Mile Run" • "Elimination Volleyball!" • "Rope Climb" • "Dodgeball" • "Spelling Bee" • "Breath Holding Contest" • "Dice!" • "Spinner" • "Bowling 1" • "Bowling 2" • "Stack 1"* • "Stack 2"* • "Hurdles 1"* • "Hurdles 2"* • "Hurdles 3 and 'WETHFPC'"* • "Jumbo" (partially released)

*not released yet

BFDI1.png BFDI: "Take the Plunge/Part 1 • "Take the Plunge/Part 2" • "Barriers and Pitfalls" • "Are You Smarter Than a Snowball?" • "Sweet Tooth" • "Bridge Crossing" • "Power of Three" • "Puzzling Mysteries" • "Cycle of Life" • "Insectophobe's Nightmare" • "Crybaby!" • "Lofty" • "A Leg Up in the Race" • "Don't Lose Your Marbles" • "Half a Loaf Is Better Than None" • "Vomitaco" • "Bowling, Now with Explosions!" • "The Reveal" • "Reveal Novum" • "Rescission" • "Gardening Hero" • "The Glistening" • "Don't Pierce My Flesh" • "Hurtful!" • "Insectophobe's Nightmare 2" • "Return of the Hang Glider"

BFDIA2.png BFDIA: "Yeah, Who? I Wanna Know" • "Get Digging" • "Insectophobe's Nightmare 3" • "Zeeky Boogy Doog" • "Get in the Van" • "BFDIA 5b" • "No More Snow!" • "It's a Monster" • "The Long-lost Yoyle City"

IDFB3.png IDFB: "Welcome Back"

B.F.B.png BFB: "Getting Teardrop to Talk" • "Lick Your Way to Freedom" • "Why Would You Do This on a Swingset" • "Today's Very Special Episode" • "Fortunate Ben" • "Four Goes Too Far" • "The Liar Ball You Don't Want" • "Questions Answered" • "This Episode Is About Basketball" • "Enter the Exit" • "Get to the Top in 500 Steps" • "What Do You Think of Roleplay?" • "Return of the Rocket Ship" • "Don't Dig Straight Down" • "The Four is Lava" • "The Escape from Four" • "X Marks the Spot" • "Take the Tower" • "How Loe Can You Grow?" • "A Taste of Space" • "Let's Raid The Warehouse" • "Who Stole Donut's Diary?" • "Fashion For Your Face!" • "The Game Has Changed" • "The Tweested Temple" • "The Hidden Contestant" • "Uprooting Everything" • "B.F.B. = Back From Beginning" • SOS (Save Our Show) • "Chapter Complete"

TPOT Abbreviated.png BFDI:TPOT: "You Know Those Buttons Don't Do Anything, Right?"

Shorts: "Thanks for 4 years!" • "BFDI Is Back" • "Paper Towel" • "Ballers" • "Thanks for 4 years of Thanks for 4 years!" • "HELP US get to VIDCON 2019" • "Happy Birthday, Battle for BFDI!" • "BFDI's Road to Half a Billion Views" • "You're A Loser, But..." • "Thanks for 600,000 subscribers!" • "Aw, Seriously?" • "BFB Contestants React to Wiki Comments" • "Thanks for 800,000 subscribers!" • "PUMPKIN 2.0 - BFDI Halloween Shorts" • "If Among Us Was a BFDI Challenge" • "If X-MAS in Among Us was a BFDI Challenge" • "Thanks for 900,000 subscribers!" • "Thanks for 1,000,000 subscribers!" • "Thanks for 4 years of Thanks for 4 years of Thanks for 4 years!

Reanimated specials: "BFDI 1a+1b Reanimated! Fan-made MAP (Multi Animator Project)" • "BFDIA 1 Re-Animated By 95 People! - (Fan-Made)" • "IDFB 1 Re-Animated By 108 People! (Fan-Made)"

Cancelled: Yoylecake Winning Celebration CartoonDecember 2016 ShortBFDIA 6


YTPMVs: Intensive BFDI UnitRock My BFDIBFDI-chapp3000 SubbiesEliminating BFDIDear Viewers6000 SubscribersThanks for 20,000 subscribers! (Last BFDI)BFB 13 this Thursday."Revenge", except every syllable is from BFDI

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Other: Social media-exclusive animationsThe BeiBei SquisherX Finds Out His ValueFirst BFDI Animation Ever???Salmon FiveyearsA super fresh minty clean announcementDoing It Again!BFDI Second Season VotingBFDIA 6 Deleted ScenesBack 2 School Bad NewsBFDI's Best Hiatus EverBring BFDI Episode 1 Part 2 Back (also YouTube face reveal)The JingJing Squisher (10 year anniversary)BFDI and II Finally Cross OverHow to Fold your FoldyThe Lost Ice Cube Recordings*struggles to contain fans at 2019 meetup*Battle for Dream Island: Official Character Guide/Instagram PromotionBFDI Recommended Characters2918 meetup steamAll I Want for X-mas — SONG by Four & X from BFBApply to join BFDI! Animators, Audio Editors, Background/Prop Artists and MoreThe Secret Behind BFB's SplitRecommend a Character - Become a Jacknjellify MemberThe 22 Best Questions You Asked Us — BFDI + II MeetupLo-Fi Beats to Yoyle ToBlocky Prank Compilation - Battle for Dream IslandWho's The Real Firey? (ft. Leafy Plush)Thanks for 700,000 subscribers!We Discovered Our Forgotten "Firey" ComicsMessage to Loser (Lyric Video) - SONG by Four from BFBWe asked TikTok to VOTE the best object - BFDI MiniTikTok voted on our objects again: BFDI MINI DELUXE