Congrats on the great game! Love the art style, music, and overall feel you were going for. However, I agree that it could be improved. I quit after a short period of time due to frustration. It's not that the game's too hard (hard games can be great fun; see Super Meat Boy as an example), it's that it feels like I invest time and then can lose that time too easily. I don't mind dying if I can try again rapidly, and I don't mind exploring if I don't feel hopelessly lost. I heard there's a map, but I didn't find it. You either need to make it a part of the game by default or make it much harder to miss. Best of luck with this game and (hopefully) your future games!