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...
Work out how the gravity affects your jumps in the early stages so you know what to expect later on.
Check the map often in the Adventure mode to see where you've been.
Sometimes it's worth a sacrifice to get to the checkpoint.