So... I managed to finish arcade mode for the first column. And got a whole lotta nothing for it. All that's left is to finish the last level of the last column; just can't figure out how to get past the last rocket turret. I'm curious as to what the final color option is, but the frustration's getting to me.
v2.0 feels much easier all around than the original.
Also, if you finish a column, you unlock a gauntlet run of that column. All the levels in one run, the gold only replenishes your timer at the end of the level, and the timer never resets if you die. I can safely say I'll never finish this game.
Finished the entire first row last Friday, finally finished the first column today. My fingers hurt from all the mashing. I blame my stubborn refusal to use 2-player mode for the hours this game has consumed. The whole last row is going to be almost impossible. :S
A couple things:
A) THIS IS AWESOME. I've been waiting for the 2nd edition to come out since I played the 1st all day (as well).
B) Though they reused several levels from the 1st edition, it's still pretty fun.
3) OMYGAWD, the a-level gauntlet is killer, even though I only played through the first sequence (0-levels).
D) legor17, I second that dedication.