I am also in the Skyview Temple; I'm almost done with it. I think I've put close to 6 hours into the game so far and I got it a few days after Christmas. Needless to say, I'm in the same boat as you. roboccs
I have no idea how many hours I've put in so far. The other night I left the house for a school meeting and came home to find I had forgot to turn it off and someone had just changed the AV settings on the TV instead of turning the game off. I was home an hour before anyone said anything. There's also been a few times that I've had to leave it for 20 minutes or so and come back to it so I can't go by how long the game says I've been playing.
I don't think thrusting the sword does anything to the plants, though. You can either shield bash them for an easy kill or swipe their mouths in half at the joints.JordanElek
Hmmm, interesting. I've been trying to jab them in the open mouth by thrusting the sword.