Very cool! Oddly enough I was just watching Johan Öberg's review of the same game:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcecGQxvrSs
His experience was sufficiently different from yours that it made me curious whether you found the semi-hidden options menu he mentions (by pressing Select on the title screen). If you didn't know about that, I wonder if tweaking those settings would help you get more out of the game. But after all, it is
just squash in spa-a-a-a-a-ace.