Remember, only fools rush in. While the action in the game can get hot, it’s important to keep a cool head and assess each situation before opening doors or turning corners. This is even more important in New Game+ Mode.
If you see an area you can’t reach, try pushing up against the walls. Secret passages are everywhere!
Your drones are expendable and relatively easy to replace. Let them take the hits if you can’t outright avoid damage.
Play to your strengths. With a choice of ships and lots of upgrades, you should focus on those that complement your strengths or shore up your weaknesses. Beginners will probably want to start with the Defender ship with its homing shots and strong defenses.
The goal in Scorched Mode is to collect as much gold as possible in the time limit. Killing enemies isn’t necessarily the best way to accomplish that. If you can run away, you probably should.