I've had a long-standing rule to avoid getting involved in any sort of crowdfunded activities. I didn't donate to Shadowrun or Wasteland, but I did buy and enjoy both of them (I'm plugging both of those games right now, just so you know they're good). I haven't...
The timer is your biggest enemy. Get the high scores by finishing levels as quickly as possible.
That said, you don't die if the timer runs out. You just lose points.
You might have to backtrack to find all the coins.