When I was eleven years old, it was a very good year, and I can remember my daily routine vividly. These were the years before I owned a Sony Playstation, and I used to venture to my friends house - everyday after school - to watch him play through Final...
Keep on the move just like you would playing a twin-stick shooter.
Smash as many crates as you can early on to find extra health.
It's worth grinding to get the cash for your evolutions, otherwise you'll end up stuck.