Also - have you tried using window_handle() while synchronising - so that windows knows the game is still running?
Heh, I was just releasing a bugfix release related to that. No, not window_handle (didn't know of that one), but I added in "sleep(1)" after each synchronization step (i.e. whenever the progress bar increases, which happens 60 times). That makes the OS panic a lot less (though it'll still briefly panic while the DLL is doing its thing if you leave the window, something I can't control unfortunately). But I looked up window_handle in the docs, it looks like it's supposed to return something that's passed onto DLLs, no mention of it giving control to the OS or anything like that?
Whoops, sorry - I meant io_handle().
The bugfix release (1.1.3) also fixes a bug where your save file could be deleted when you played Survival mode. Therefore, everyone should definitely download this release. Otherwise, you, too, could have to start all over again from the beginning.
As for the score, no grinding. I actually tried that, but the only things you can grind with are bullet bills, and that's pretty tough to do without taking damage while still getting a good amount of points (i.e. more than the same time bonus would give you). The biggest obstacle was the randomness of the bullet bills firing, so trying to grind them is really just chance. (Well, OK, I lied. Actually, you'll get a bit of benefit as long as it takes you less than 4 games seconds to do it, so you could hypothetically bounce onto the cannon, wait a couple seconds to ensure a bullet, and jump away to stomp another bullet, and repeat. But honestly, that would be more trouble than it's worth.) But you may be able to beat my high score with this next bugfix release, because 1-up mushrooms now earn 5000 points in World 666 (something they already did in Survival mode; the point in that is 1-up mushrooms are otherwise completely meaningless in World 666 and Survival mode).
That's great! - That will be interesting, I think there are 2 in the level. does getting 100 coins give you extra score?