First let me say that the game has come a phenomenal way since early beta, and I am really looking forward to spending time on this when I can pull myself away from AI War.
However, in my relatively short time playing a recent build, the missions with the rising lava level seem extremely punishing.
I know for a fact that I'm not the best at platformers, but maybe the early missions should have the lava rise slightly slower.
Also it needs to be more obvious that you don't have access to your map for those missions, as the first time I was playing I spent my first precious few seconds trying to turn on the map.
I don't have ride the lightning yet, nor any of the double or triple jump enchants that I've read about, and maybe these make it easier, but it also seems like touching the lava makes it impossible to extricate yourself from it, and watching my character die over 4-5 seconds without being able to do anything about it is very frustrating.
Any advice would be appreciated, as it is entirely possible that I'm just not very good at this yet.