I've been really busy moving house this past month, so I've sadly had less time for Journey. But hopefully things are settling down now and I can get back on the sands!
In recent weeks I had a quick connection with Beev for some fun free flying and carpet wrangling, until sadly we got disconnected in UG (just as he was setting up what was sure to be an awesome wm trick). I met the amazing Amen Ra for the first time and we spent a few hours in BB and PD, with some very tricky challenges! I also had the pleasure of meeting two lovely Japanese companions, Pon52 and Plasticlife774, we had some great adventures together and they were so fun to spend time with.
I've also had some wonderful moments with the awesome Ava, who has been so encouraging and supportive to me! And really kind to hang out and help me improve my skills, and mess around with wms these past few weeks. Sometimes the funniest and most memorable moments happen when you least expect them!
Despite having played for a number of years, I had never learnt any fancy flying techniques. I began to try out a few over the last month and have been chuffed to get OOB in the BB via a few new methods! Was surprised to meet a white cloak OOB above the bridge today, as companions have been scarce recently. They were keen to head left (when facing the entrance) and then took me to the edge of the level where a large sand bank and drop lay. They were seemingly trying to get some dive boosting in so I obliged though not with much skill.... then I realised they also wanted me to fly off with them towards a purple hazed nothingness. We flew for a while and then dropped down. The white cloak dropped into meditation and I followed suit... only for my companion to dust immediately - bizarrely in a huge plume of purple smoke. That was a new one on me -though probably not to many on here! I never stop loving this game!
I figure it's better to write about my experience here rather than flood the Discord with it.
First, I would like to thank tok_melody for joining me on a wonderful tour of the BB OOB. When I first entered the BB and flew around to collect different symbols, I found another WC who seemed content with ignoring me whenever I tried to get their attention to show them stuff, which was fine, but it wasn't what I wanted in a companion that particular day, so I CS'd in PD when we got separated and hopped back into the BB.
Dashed around to all corners of the map to collect the symbols, then boosted up onto the bridge, zipping past a WC as I did so. I sat at the top of the bridge on the broken pillar nearest the edge and watched said WC for a while as they went around and collected the different symbols, starting with the one above the sand falls, then the one in the small cave, then the final one near the start of the BB.
At that point, the distance between us was too great, and we DC'd, but lo-and-behold, I saw a WC hopping up the broken segments of the bridge with the same symbol, the Klowny symbol.
Unsure of what kind of companion they would be, I continued to watch them from my meditation spot. When they got to the final segment, they paused to chirp at me, but I still wasn't sure if this was a companion I wanted to accompany. Sometimes I like to wait and see if the companion will do something interesting or if they'll join me in meditating. It's usually at that point I can decide if it's the companion for me that night or not.
I thought tok_melody would continue on to view the HL and leave me behind, but I was wrong. They jumped off the edge of the bridge to return to the sand fall where the symbol was, and I decided then, "Yes, I want to join this companion."
So I dive-bombed them.
They seemed experienced, so I face-planted, and sure enough, after a bit of trying, they did the same.
They were willing to follow me and trust me to lead them, so I obliged, and after guiding them back to the top of the bridge to watch the HL, I decided to take them back into the BB OOB through Headbonker's Cave. They got back there more easily than I did, haha, and I actually wondered if they had been back there before.
Regardless, we climbed to the top of the falls, played in the wind, coasted, and flew in the BB starfield.
Right into the darkness.
I was trying to find out where we could sky paint, but I'll have to experiment more by myself first. I managed to get out alright, and they were able to follow right after me, but we ran right into an adjacent blackness.
This time wasn't so immediate. I found my way out after a second, but my companion got stuck for a while in the blackness.
Thankfully, they understood my chirps very well. Big chirps meant "Wrong way!" and small chirps were, "Yes yes yes, keep coming!" It took a couple minutes, but they rejoined me in the light so I could guide them back to a safer area, though not before we meditated in the beautiful blue-purple sky.
We coasted over the trigger for PD, and I took them to the hill so that the world darkened to black and golds, where we meditated once more.
Of course, then I derped again.
Thinking it would be fun to trigger PD from the OOB, I took them to the stairs, whereupon I hit the trigger, but I noticed that they were following me with a weave.
"Crap, they didn't trigger the progression and are gonna see me dust suddenly."
Sure enough, I got to PD and was alone.
"Well, what now?" I asked myself. "Do I wait and see if we reconnect? Will they be okay in the BB OOB alone? *What have I done.*"
I decided to wait.
Five minutes pass, and still nothing. I pace a little bit between the two PD dunes at the start, wondering if I should continue or if I should continue waiting.
I waited some more.
On the return trip from the 2nd dune to the starting dune, I saw a figure standing there. Excitedly, I dove toward them and saw their symbol before they were allowed to me.
They had returned to me! It's hard to mistake the Klowny symbol, after all.
Upon reconnecting, we chirped up a storm because we were so happy to be reunited. I couldn't stop grinning like an idiot, but that's just how you know the companion your with is worth it.
We accomplished some really nice tandem flying, and they managed to faceplant when we released the plethora of carpets. I did not faceplant in time, so I did so at the top of the dune with them. :D
We played around with the flower and tandem flew to the tower, but it was there I made a dire mistake.
"This is such a nice companion. I want to stream the experience."
Someone should have told me not to do it.
My internet does not like heavy usage at night and, despite knowing this, I tried to stream anyway. The network wasn't strong enough to handle it, and there was a hiccup that resulted in another disconnect.
Unfortunately, we never reconnected.
I waited on the tower for a while, hoping my companion was doing the same, hoping it would be like last time.
It just wasn't meant to be.
I dive-boosted flyers for a while, but after several minutes (about 15 or so), I knew it was time to continue on. I could only hope I would meet them again in the SC rest stop.
No such luck, and I couldn't find any companions there. I had been looking forward to taking tok_melody to my favorite SC spot and singing to them, but it'll have to be next time, along with my favorite spot in the whole game in the UG. Anyone who knows me knows where this area is, haha. It'll probably be the one thing that gives me away if I try to snipe someone and surprise them.
I started streaming in SC, since I couldn't find another companion, and played around in the UG alone. Went flying in the starfield, almost got lost, but I wasn't concerned. I don't mind getting lost when I'm alone. I had fun with the WMs and eventually decided it was time to move on to the Tower.
That's an experience to type in the next post ;) My tablet is flashing its death throes.
Alright, let's finish this now that I'm on a different laptop.
I decided to start using my mic for the stream shortly after I started it, so those who tuned in got to listen to me pretty much ramble and sing to myself while herpa-derpin' around, but as long as its entertaining them as much as it is me, then I'm fine with it. I prefer to chat using the mic than type because I can focus more on what's happening on screen, which is particularly nice when I'm with a companion. I don't like to stop to chat if I can avoid it, and I got pretty good on the PS3 version of Journey to play with one hand and type on a keyboard with the other. It's different for the PS4 version for me though? I think it's because of my at-home setup though more than anything else.
I entered the Tower and was preparing to RDS to the top when a glow and a new companion doing what I had been planning stopped me faster than sliding into a windwall.
I suspected it immediately.
*I had been sniped.*
At the time, there were only 3 people in the chat with me, so I suspected it was one of the 3. One person I figured out pretty quickly wasn't the sniper, so that left two more that I needed to figure out.
I wanted to know because I was thrilled that someone would want to snipe me halfway through the Journey. I'm pretty sure all my meetings in the past, save for getting sniped once by Tonton several years ago, by my companion and I either knew who the other was or we had coincidentally connected.
It was such a delight getting sniped, the other person knowing who I was but me not knowing for sure who they were. They zen jumped from the platform closest to the first symbol at the bottom of the Tower toward it, and after a few failed tries myself, I got it~
I'm not good at zen jumping from a dive, but I successfully did it with them
And we also zen jumped from that same platform down to the first one, which I managed after failing only my first try! WHAT.
Timing those kinds of jumps is still really hard for me, so I'm really glad the companion I was with got to see it and got to experience it with me. Woo~!
By this time, it was about 21:30, and really I should have gone to bed before then, but I didn't care. What mattered to me at that moment was keeping with my companion and finishing the Journey together.
After these successful jumps, we activated the first level of goo. Returning to the platforms, my companion and I zen jumped onto the metal beams that connect the platform to the wall. I wasn't aware that, if done successfully, you could slide all the way to the end and then spin around. It was like playing Journey bowling. Without pins. I now have an array of new tricks to show new companions. I can't wait~
Together, we dive-boosted flyers~ I love flying in the Tower because it's an enclosed area that still allows you to get some really nice height, and there are parts of it that can challenge your ability to boost and fly, especially OOB.
Of course, I cheated a bit and went to collect symbols to get to the top. Together, my companion and I went to the whale room and used that room to get into the Tower OOB. It took a little bit because I couldn't quite get the landing for the ceiling on top of the whale room. Instead, I kept getting pulled back into the room and would then need to RDS again to get OOB.
Still, we eventually succeeded getting out, and tandem flew together for a while. We got a few seconds of silent coasting in, but there's something weird about the way I connect with companions that live far away. I think I may have to tilt the left stick halfway instead of all the way so that I'm not too fast, but I can easily imagine my thumbs getting tired.
The whole time we're out in OOB, I'm trying to guess whether I'm with one person or the other in the chat, and I recall at one point saying that if I were my companion and I were listening to the other person on mic, I'd be grinning from ear to ear knowing that I was a clever cat.
I knew my companion could hear me though 'cause they'd respond to certain stuff in-game, like when I was saying, "Oh, can we coast? Can we coast together?" We would then start tandem flying to try and get into a coast.
We RDS'd to the top of the Tower while it was still unlit, then made our way down to the gooey sand where we danced like dorks at a fools' celebration. It was glorious because I had utterly forgotten about how silly the wayfarers look when moving the joystick left and right in the sand.
I was cracking up so hard. My companion got so many good laughs from me during our Journey, and I can only trust/hope that I did the same for them
I often wonder, what goes through my companion's mind as we're playing? And, even more-so now, what goes through my viewers' minds on the livestream chat?
What is it that compels people to watch video playthroughs of video games they've seen hundreds of times? It must be our way of connecting, I think, which makes a game like Journey extremely compelling, since every player is different: styles, preferences, quirks, chirp intensity...It's an all-inclusive communication experience without the ability to use words to communicate. Gesture, chirps, tricks. It's all an integral part of the experience that showcases a person's personality.
From the bottom of the Tower, my companion and I struggled to remember where the charge boost spot was to get back into the whale room. It was a joint effort in finding it.
So many things forgotten over the years. So much to rediscover.
It took a bit, but we got there alright. I think my companion was starting to get concerned, but I wasn't too worried. (I could be operating on false intuitions though.)
At the HL, my companion tried to trick me into it, but I said, "NOPE." I understand the mechanics of sliding through the HL without activating it, but I need to practice more so that the next person that tries to trick me into it is surprised when it doesn't work. (What I really want to do is get good enough to where I can fool companions who think they got me by standing in the spot you normally would for the HL. JOKE'S ON YOU, BETRAYER.)
So we played a dangerous game instead and tried to jump onto the gravestone on other side of the top of the stairs. My companion did well immediately. I had to derp around for a bit before I was able to get it, hahahaha. But I did! My companion was really patient with me about it, too. But they had fallen off as well and had to jump back onto theirs.
I was able to capture a nice screenshot of the mountain in the background as seen through the window.
We traveled together through the Snow, but it's been such a long time since I've tried to get OOB from being frozen that I couldn't successfully manage it from the boosts, haha. So we went and got munched by WMs instead.
Had we successfully gotten into OOB though, I'm not sure I would have been able to go to bed. I wouldn't have wanted to leave my companion even though I was starting to get pretty tired.
After dancing the Death Waltz, we wound up in Paradise, which was also fun, even though the waterfall pools were trolling me when I was trying to push my companion into them. Rude.
At the mountain summit, we tried to get into the charge boost spot, but it's been so long since I've tried to stick it, I couldn't. And it's really easy to push a companion out of their own charge, too, so we ended up abandoning the top of the mountain, which was okay. We drew hearts in the snow instead, but it took me forever to figure out that my companion wanted me to draw the other half of the heart at the same time they were drawing theirs. Hurhurhur.
We drew a treble clef together simultaneously, which was AWESOME.
Moonwalking into the light was a treat, and even though my companion tried to start a shoving contest with me, they lost. I have experience with shoving games from when Tonton and I would get into them ;)
The credits rolled, and I found out at the end of the journey that my two lovely companions were tok_melody and benjinsan.
To the both of you, I cannot express my gratitude enough. tok_melody, thank you for trusting me to lead you. And Bannaji, thank you for sniping me despite not doing so normally It was such a sweet gesture and a surprise.
So, I've decided to make Fridays my interim official streaming day for games, which, for the time being, is Journey.
I honestly thought I had gotten sniped at first on Friday 'cause I was with a fancy flyer in BB, but it turned out to be a random encounter, and they ended up leaving during the UG HL.
I've noticed a pattern recently with this, where I usually have a companion but then I have to go through the UG alone unless I wait forever at the entrance.
So the camera tilts up so you can see the top of the Tower, and when it returns...no one.
I hopped up onto the second circular platform, the one that faces the symbol, and practiced drop shoot zen sitting until I got the symbol, then I tried to do what I did with Bannaji and do the same onto the first platform, but I couldn't get it to work this time.
Some time passed and still no companion glow. I mentioned it briefly on the Discord, wondering if anyone would be playing and want to snipe me, but I wasn't expecting a certain someone to get me~!
After the mention on Discord, another couple minutes passed of my lying faceplanted on the platform. I had given up on drop shoot zen sit jump attempts, and Aten even made a comment about me being dead.
Another minute passed, and then I saw the glow of a new 2nd run companion, a robe to match mine own~ We greeted each other with the typical chirp fest, and I noticed right off the bat that their scarf was a CS scarf.
I'd been sniped again
We dry climbed the tower together to the second level, chirping and dancing while I decided what I wanted to do. Did I want to activate the goo and have them sit in the center while it rises? Or did I want to dry climb the whole tower with them? After a bit of deliberation I decided.
Yes, I wanted to activate the goo.
At this point I started to suspect who my companion might be, but I was only guessing based on the robe, because the person I suspected likes the 2nd run WC most, just like me. The companion was also adamant about following my lead, which is another trait of the person I suspected, so I led them up to the 2nd symbol just above the entrance to the Tower, and we flew to the whale room afterward to play around in front of the glyph. After teleporting a few times up onto the circular walkway, we flew up to play with the whale. When dancing, the wayfarer will twitch a lot, and my companion's did so hilariously.
The rest of the Tower was a cinch to climb, but instead of skipping the goo to continue into the HL, we activated the final level of goo then climbed to the top of the rising platform to watch the goo light up the glyphs of the Tower. At first when we sat to meditate, we weren't touching, so the glow faded between us. My companion then stood to inch closer to me and sat down so we were perfectly aligned, like how two friends might sit close to one another on a bench to watch the sun rise.
Naturally, I squealed at the adorableness, and the action further solidified my suspicions. There's only one person I knew who played like this companion, and I couldn't have grinned any wider had I tried. Because I knew he hadn't been too interested in Journey for a good long while now.
As we sat there, I deliberated some more. Did I want to take him to the Tower OOB? I wasn't feeling it too much, and I still don't remember how much my companion likes OOB. I know we both love the UG, and had we connected there, I probably would have taken him to my favorite spot, but perhaps next time.
I couldn't decide, so I stalled for time by pushing him off the ledge. Then promptly failing to zen jump off myself. It took me long enough that my companion got worried and swam back up to the top to make sure we hadn't disconnected from one another.
Since I still couldn't properly land the sit off into the goo, my companion pushed me to the bottom, then swam down to meet me there, but there hadn't been a glow to indicate he was near, so when he chirped suddenly, I was startled. Together, we swam back up to the top, moonwalking up the stairs for the HL.
I started to doubt myself again. Maybe it wasn't who I thought it was. If I was wrong, then when we got to the top of Paradise, I would be making a fool of myself by writing his name in the snow.
Okay, I thought, I would take him OOB here in the Tower.
We swam back to the whale room to glitch through the wall, but my companion didn't remember initially how to do so through the wall itself, so I showed him that he could also get out through the ceiling. I understand the feeling of needing to re-learn things whenever you haven't played a game in a long time. It can be exhilarating because it's like experiencing the game again for the first time, but it can also be frustrating to forget all those little things you previously knew.
Once we managed to get into the OOB together, we swam down to the sand and danced together. The sand at the bottom of the tower with the goo activated is the most hilarious trick in the game, at least for me currently. The way your head tilts up and you arch in ready-to-swim mode makes the wiggle look like a dancing fish out of water. I sang here for my companion, and luckily it seemed like he knew what I was doing and let me do it without interruption~
For the companions who I really enjoy traveling with, and who I think will understand me when I tell them to sit (and stay), I've recently taken up the habit of singing to them. Each song is different, a unique song to them, and it's one of the few gifts I feel like I can give them. So, I'm always thankful when a companion is patient enough to let me finish my song. This was the only chance I got to sing solo to mine that night, but more on that later.
When we re-entered the Tower, we climbed the stairs once more. At the top, I remembered what Bannaji and I had done with the front two tombstones and wanted to try jumping on them again.
My companion managed it before I did, but I got it in a much shorter amount of time than with Bannaji! Victory~!
We meditated there for a bit, and I remembered this time to take a screenshot. It was the only screenshot I managed to capture with my companion, but it was well worth it. The angle of the camera looking up at us and the mountain through the window in the background felt fitting.
It was time to move onto Snow by crossing the bridge over the goo in a double helix.
At the start of Snow, I tried to ask my companion whether he wanted to go into OOB or continue forward. I chirped at each side, but since he didn't make the decision--and I later learned it hadn't even registered for him that I was asking his preference--I decided to continue forward the long way.
We ventured through the snow together, keeping the other warm until we got to the lantern room, where we sat for a while listening to the music. Of course, getting onto the lantern was a pain because we activated the heater, and the flyers are ultra sensitive in that room. My companion, much better at perching than I am, managed to land on the lantern and stick while I fell off, and when I successfully landed it, I pushed him off on accident.
I apologized profusely in my mic.
In an attempt to help them back up, I tried to scoot closer to them, but fell off again.
So we tried to jump onto the lamp together, and after a couple attempts, we managed a two second beam down onto the lamp. And stuck.
At the time, slavic told us not to stay too long so our butts, "don't get cooked."
Knowing who I was with, I said, "You might say it's a bit 'toast'y in here."
"Well, I guess this would actually be the perfect place to make toast because, I mean, there's flyers around. There's a lantern. There's a lamp."
Such a terrible joke, but I'm making no apologies for it.
I couldn't remember if my companion liked both glyphs or only the one, so I led them up to the hidden alcove to activate the one, where we chirped for a while. Then I gave them scarf hugs, since the image that appears is of the war.
I suppose it was my way of saying, "Whatever may have happened in the past, we've moved beyond it now. So don't worry."
But those feelings are hard to convey in-game. So scarf hugs were the next best viable option.
Together we leapt down back to the lantern and, upon landing in front of it, I gasped because I had completely forgotten about the hum. We waited there together for several minutes, my companion ever-so-patient with me, sitting there enjoying the sound of the droning hum. It was like discovering it again for the first time, and my companion circled the lamp with me without a single chirp
So attentive, so thoughtful, so gentle. Chirping when I chirp, silent when I am silent. Some people like to lead, others like to follow, and others still just want to be present.
Yes, I knew who I was with without a doubt.
I led us through the WM field to the other glyph, and we meditated there for a while, too, trying to keep warm but getting frosty all the same, appreciating the sight of the ancestors approaching the mountain.
It's easy to forget about these glyphs after you've collected them all, but sometimes it's nice to revisit them and to really sit there to study them. Sure, they are fairly easy to understand. Some may even consider them boring, but thanks to this companion, I've learned to appreciate some of the more overlooked details.
Meanwhile, my lovely viewers (read Apno) were asking me to get chomped by the WMs.
Yet I had a feeling my companion didn't like losing his scarf. I honestly couldn't remember though. It was a hard call, but I decided, "Eh, we're almost through, why not."
Leaping onto the first segment where you hide, I waited with my companion for the light, then decided last second after its color change to red that I didn't want my companion to get hit, so I tried to fly away.
Instead I hopped and landed right in front of them.
May as well get hit again, I thought.
This time I did try to spare my companion a little bit better, but he still went ahead and got chomped with me.
Ah well, I tried.
Past the patrol fields and in the courtyard, we watched the WM glide by the window, then flew up the ribbons to the top of the overlook and meditated there for a while longer. Then came the final stretch to death, where I performed my death waltz until we both fell.
Paradise was a blast. We wiggled up part of the ribbon bridge, twitched up some of it, then twirled up the rest. We ascended through Paradise fairly quickly until we activated the final trigger of music past the arch gate and let the music fall away to silence.
I took my companion back to the beginning to listen to the sound of the ribbon bridge as we played in it, race down the water fall, meditate on the gates, all while listening to the breeze blowing and the sound of the occasional chirp.
It was on the 2nd gate, right before the slide, where I decided I wanted to sing to my companion again, but instead he joined me in the song~ I think I've only had one other companion who knew me well enough to time their chirps with mine in a simple but wonderful song.
We listened to the sound of the water trickling just above the waterfall before the jelly pool for a good while, then flew to the center island to sing again together, this time at a faster pace. In both cases, I decided when the song was over because I had a feeling that if I didn't, my companion would keep chirping with me, hahahah.
When our duet finished, my companion and I played with the jellies for a bit and listened to them in all their awoowoowoo glory.
We met at the gate, and I pushed my companion into the pool to listen to the whale sing, and this time I managed to hop in after a few failed zen jumps. We did the same at the top pool and listened to the rush of water.
It was time to fly to the summit.
At the top we twirled around each other before I led my companion into the snow to write his name.
We used the glow of our companions to fly into the air a bit, but as with all things, eventually we had to end the journey by walking into the light.
Thankfully, my companion remembered that I like for them to go in first, so I didn't have to push him through like I do with Tonton.
My CMATW list confirmed my suspicions, but the best thing happened afterward when Inf stole the stream chat spotlight and sauntered in with the best message: "That's an interesting username, to be certain. The guy shouldn't have used alternating uppercase/lowercase though; it's a pain to type." (I'm laughing as I type it.)
What made the whole run even better?
We re-watched the stream and commented on it together. Being able to chat about it in-time was just as much of a highlight as the stream itself 'cause this time I got to hear your thoughts. I hated that I fell asleep before finishing.
I know I said it in the mic, but I also want to leave it as a message.
What I respect most about your companionship in Journey is your attentiveness to the other player. Not knowing whether your companion has had a good or bad day, just staying with them. It can make a world of a difference for someone, and you've always been thoughtful in that regard.
Returning to the community, you're one of the people who has helped me feel like I've come home instead of someplace completely new. Seeing you express your happiness, learning that I could be one of the reasons your interest in Journey returned, it gets me pretty choked up to be honest, haha, and listening to sad music is NOT helping.
Thank you for the one millionth time. I wish I could fully express my thankfulness and appreciation, but hopefully this will be sufficient.
Hopefully we can start together from BB someday and continue through to the end.
(And if we do, don't be afraid to show me some of your favorite things, too.)
Hello there, I am new to Journey (about 5 days old) and just had my funniest run ever the past night. This was my 11th run (talk of an addict already) and i really wanted to share it with whoever might enjoy it too. I wanted to share it on the Journey discord discord.gg/83QunNN , but since there isn’t any proper section there to receive it, I thought I would share it with you here (and give them a link), hoping you don’t mind !
As I was diving from above in broken bridge, looking for a companion, I suddently saw one chirping at me from a distance as I landed onto him. We greeted each other and after quickly collecting the 3 glowing symbols while dropshooting I charge boosted to the last section of the bridge. 10 seconds later I was glad to see he made it too ! (First time I meet someone else who can do this trick in-game).
In Pink Desert we had a bit of fun, I escaped the Frederick carpet for about 20 seconds only, and after a little bit of fancy flying everywhere collecting glowing symbols, we dive-boosted straight to the end, once again cheating the climbing part. (I whish to meet someone to run away from Frederick with me someday)
Once in the Sunken City we had a nice skying moment, after which we did the OOB at the end, by climbing the back wall (I fell down 3 times all the way haha), and we got back all the way up while admiring the shiny sanded hills. We managed to enter back at the start of the slope with a beautiful sunset behind (picture above), to enjoy it a second time.
It's in the Underground level that things got out of hand real fast. Because I had a strong feeling with him already and because he seemed pretty good to me, I chose to try the underground OOB that zmeulan showed me twice in-game already, including a few hours ago. Even though I knew it's easy to get lost in there…
So we charged boosted twice at the start to go all the way up, but none of us seemed to know where to go after, in order to enter the OOB from the start. (Turns out we only had to fly a few meters more up in order to jump on an invisible floor and then fall down the other side).The wind was getting out of hand up there too, so we chose instead to try the easier OOB entrance in the jellyfish room in which I led the way to.
So...ok...on the roof blocks we go...then over the entrance from the other side of the room… we cross the invisible wall...then we fall a lot as the ground turns green... Now we go straight into the invisible wall that will soon appear...continue to dropshoot a bit further, we'll get there...I feel it coming...BAM solid wall! (sorry zmeulan I learned nothing from you!) Wow...no way to go above it, we tried so hard to go around and nope… A few ashamed faceplants later we found a way back up again somehow. After a huge load of wandering we ended up in front of the HL Billboard…
Then we spotted the end but ended up in the wrong side of it: trapped outside of the grid leading to the tower !
We did all we could and lots of wandering back and forth once again but we just couldn’t get in ! After all this time in the OOB already I feared we would never find a way back in. Until ultimately with the chirping power we managed to fly back up and dive into the last glowing symbol of the underground we saw from afar (in the last room before the level ending light circle room)! Had I known the ceiling there can be crossed, I would have gotten there sooner, as i spotted it earlier before already... Then we had a peaceful war-machines free slide, after which we said hi to Gary and Larry.
Before moving towards the tower I started to fear my partner wanted to leave, as he kept faceplanting before entering the next level. Turns out he was just expressing how much we fucked up ! Once in the tower we quickly started to climb it barefoot without the use of the ancient glyphs, and I knew this run would stay fun until the very end. Not much fancy flying here, the climbing was more of a thinking process (where to go next?). Once we reached the top (and failed only a little), we lit the top ancient glyph and waited for the fog to rise. Did you know that the ancient glyphs move vertically as the fog rises? I noticed it as we got pushed into the ground!
Then my companion led me to the whale room and I swam to the top of it because I never visited it before, with the fog already filling the room. He eventually managed to go to the very top of it, as I was trying to reach him but stayed stuck a few meters beneath him under an invisible wall for about 5mins. I feared he stuck himself up there for good, but I wanted to come and join the fun !
After a moment endlessly hitting my head on the top I decided to quickly check the Gamepedia wiki for Tower OOB, to see it this was a known one. Ok...so turns out I just had to press start on my controller while at the top! 3 tries later I was in, and without realising it (I speak for myself at least) we quickly got into a hidden next level trigger zone.
Why stop all the fun now in the snow? We directly came back inside to warm up for the Snow OOB of the start, which zmeulan showed me twice as well before. I struggled a bit to get in, fell down a few times, he taught me how to efficiently chirp while climbing, and we finally made it through the invisible rock. I led the way for this one too, as I was way more confident that I was in the underground ! I went for route B I believe:
which is the only route I followed with zmeulan already (though I never saw any war machines stick in pre-animation like shown on the map).
We Dropshot for a while until I saw the very long snow bump line. There we climbed the snow hill on the right and we now just had to go straight to the mountain, right? ... Right?
Oooook... black and ugly 2D flying tentacles in a giant circle isn't normal! (Sorry zmeulan, I failed you once again…) We continued on our way and saw even more of them flying around, as the ending climbing song and wind started to grow bigger. Soon the fog arrived and I knew we were close to the graveyard field, but we just couldn't find it! We had no idea where the ending mountain was anymore with the fog. Once we finally found what resembled a normal place of the level, we headed towards it and got trapped in a hole sucking the life out of us below those creepy flying black squids.
My companion quickly managed to escape after a few seconds of strugle, but I stayed in there for at least 15mins !
I just couldn’t get out of the rock I was stuck in, so he finally abandonned me, probably to come and get the war machines (which appeared), hoping they would charge me out of the glitch. But Their eye light just got before me without seeing me…
I ended up quitting to main menu after a while since he wasn’t coming back, and I started the snow level again, hoping to meet again my companion who left me for quite some time already.
I sat down before the war machine carpet attack trigger, facing the entrance of the level. After 5-10 min I saw a white robe with another chirp symbol calling me. I came to see and thought it wasn't him, but judging by his faceplants to express our big fail and his willingness to directly OOB again that was him for sure ! ^^ This time I let him lead the way and he got in the opposite direction (route A). It seemed like he had no idea where he way headed to either XD We stumbled upon the ice cave at some point and lit up the light there + ancient glyph from behind the invisible walls.
Then we found the frozen war machines in the air.
And after some hasardous hiking among the steepest mountains we could find, we got to the ending graveyard field but without any gravehard tombstones!
This snow OOB makes no sense to me now. I know about the route A and B diagram but the routes we took don’t match at all. It looks like we both jumped from the east side to the west side or the opposite side during our OOBs!
Anyway, once in paradise, after some flying around we ran onto a slippery rocky slope for a while. A long while actually ! I understood why when he fell inside of the rock, and I joined him soon after inside the OOB. After that we lost ourselves, like usual… And for a long time we investigated the level, bumping into invisible walls and stuff...
After another long moment we eventually made it out of the invisible walls through a waterfall, back inside the real game !
We then had a dive boost contest from the top of the mountain after which we reached the top mountain waiting to welcome us. Of course we couldn’t just go straight in, and until the very end we searched for every possible way for and alternative path. We never managed to fly on top of the mountain though…
No idea why we drew an infinite symbol on the floor here XD (I'm not sure but he might have tried to add a dick to it before changing his mind, I can’t really tell :D)
So, after 3h30 of fun, desperation and uncontrollable laughs we reached out destination, and that was way more than what I could ever have expected from this game!