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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 36 – 05/02/22 – 304 Days, 23 Hours, 2 Minutes and 35 Seconds to go…

6 February, 2022 by

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After seemingly two weeks of non-stop annoyance and failed ideas, we had finally overcome both the mushrooms and the darkness, and could continue to explore the upper kingdom. Just how far would we reach? There was only one way to find out…

It had been more than a minute since I felt quite so enthused to check in on Monty and continue the adventure. The sense of ‘new’ and unexplored had slowly waned over these past few days, as I repeatedly bashed my head against a wall trying to overcome two (as it turned out) simple obstacles. But I did it, and now it’s time to reap the rewards.

Well someone’s feeling spritely today!
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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 35 – 04/02/22 – 305 Days, 18 Hours and 50 Seconds to go…

6 February, 2022 by

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After a terribly frustrating day yesterday, I really struggled for enthusiasm on Day 35, almost deciding not to play at all. But just like in the movies, when our hero is feeling down and out -with nowhere to turn- a stroke of pure luck changed everything…

I reluctantly picked up my Switch to check in on Monty – I was entirely out of ideas and had no real plan on where to turn. My morale was probably as low as it had been with The Longing – even lower than when I was struggling with the mushrooms – all of that lost time felt incredibly wasteful indeed.

Kinda dark, huh?
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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 34 – 03/02/22 – 306 Days and 6 Seconds to go…

6 February, 2022 by

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So, after a three day hiatus from the mountain and my shadey friend, it was finally time to get back to it and see if my plan of leaving Monty in loneliness was successful. Sadly, what I found was more frustrating than the wait itself…

Today is the day! I snatched up my Switch and fired up The Longing with a renewed vigour after a few days off – I was hopeful that my plan would work and that Monty and I would be able to sneak past the [Eyes in the Dark], into the higher reaches of the kingdom and perhaps even to the surface.

Ugh. They’re definitely the words of a lonely man, but that’s not exactly the words you’d like to hear on a reunion.
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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 33 – 02/02/22 – Less than 307 Days to go…

3 February, 2022 by

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Yesterday was the first day I was actually a little thankful of having to leave Monty to his own devices – I had an incredibly busy day at the day job and then things took off at the VGamingNews offices in the evening too! (Keep your eyes here for a tonne of new reviews in February is all I can say, people!)

It wasn’t until late in the evening that I even realised I hadn’t opened The Longing, and I was pretty excited when it popped into my mind that I’d be able to fire it up the next day and see if I Monty would be able to creep past the [Eyes in the Dark] or not…

Continue reading: Day 34

The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 32 – 01/02/22 – Less than 308 Days to go…

3 February, 2022 by

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Another day of leaving Monty on his own again yesterday… and I might have screwed it up by going on autopilot for a minute… 😳

Getting home after work and pulling out my Switch before starting on dinner, I accidentally clicked on The Longing without thinking! I panicked and shut the game down before the loading screen even showed up, so I’m hoping I haven’t undone a days ‘work’, but there’s no way I can know for sure.

Two thirds of the way there pal – hang in there.

Continue reading: Day 33

The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 31 – 31/01/22 – Less than 309 Days to go…

1 February, 2022 by

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Yesterday was the first day in a month that I didn’t check in with Monty and it felt incredibly strange.

Obviously there’s nothing at all for me to write about today, except to say that I’m sure hoping that this plan isn’t in vain and that Monty doesn’t get grouchy at being left alone for a few days. I guess only time will tell, and I’ll just have to trust my judgement that this is the right thing to do.

Stick with me over the next few days folks – it’s all going to be very brief, but if I don’t check in with you AND I don’t check in with Monty, I think I might go crazy!

Continue reading: Day 32

The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 30 – 30/01/22 – 310 Days, 14 Hours, 17 Minutes and 21 Seconds to go…

31 January, 2022 by

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As I put my part-baked theory to the test, there was little chance that I could look to achieve much on Day 30. It all hinged on whether Monty had become lonely enough to have become invisible to the darkness, but after just one night alone in the dark, I feared I was jumping the gun.

Aw man, don’t be like that – this isn’t fun for me either
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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 29 – 29/01/22 – 312 Days, 5 Hours, 8 Minutes and 3 Seconds to go…

31 January, 2022 by

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Day 29 was an incredibly brief affair indeed – another very busy day in real life meant that I couldn’t spend much time with Monty again, but I was beginning to think that that might not have been a bad thing after all…

I rejoined Monty and found that he had polished off the book and was raring to go with the day… Curb that enthusiasm, big man – you might not be too keen on this next idea. I had been thinking overnight about the advice that the [Face in the Wall] gave me about overcoming the darkness; it sounded like I needed to make Monty even more lonely in order to make him invisible to the thing up there… I wonder if…

You’ll have read all the philosophy we have soon, Monty – at least I know what to get you for your birthday
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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 28 – 28/01/22 – 320 Days, 1 Hour, 4 Minutes and 45 Seconds to go…

30 January, 2022 by

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While the events of yesterday had shaken me a little, they had certainly injected some excitement into my play after a week or so of struggling with the same old problem. Despite a renewed vigour about my explorations below the mountain, I had a lot of real-world commitments on Day 28, so I thought I’d just have a look around to see if my encounter had changed anything in the kingdom rather than look to progress any further.

I turned on the Switch and was relieved to see Monty safe and sound at [home], showing no ill-effects following his run-in with the [Eyes in the Dark]. The first place I wanted to check on was the [treasure room] – the place had been annoying me by not allowing me to try and break the glass and I wondered if I was now able to try again.

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The Longing-ist Playthrough: Day 27 – 27/01/22 – 326 Days, 18 Hours, 8 Minutes and 3 Seconds to go…

30 January, 2022 by

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With ideas running short and my patience almost entirely depleted, Day 27 felt like a pivotal moment in my time beneath the mountain. Another failure today and I just knew that I’d struggle to muster up the encouragement to keep coming back for more punishment for a while and I might need a break from Monty in order to guarantee I could continue in the long run. Thankfully, it never came down to that…

I fired up my Switch and then fired up Monty.. Let’s goooooooooo! The long walk to the [mushroom mines] was a slow and dull one (as it always is), but I could feel myself getting nervous as we neared the [tall ledge]What if it’s not grown again and I’ll have wasted yet another day… Monty made it to the high tunnel and I took a deep breath as I asked him to start walking…

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