Thanks a lot Jupiter_Handley! It's always great seeing someone else play and comment on your game! I was aiming for 2-3 playthroughs to "get it" and most players seem to have a similar experience. Glad you had a great time too metalsnail!
Subpixel, I've started work on adding more levels as there are a bunch of mechanics I never had time to implement in the jam game. Also, there's supposed to be sound, though nothing really noteworthy. :) It seems PICO-8 sometimes fails to initialize it, perhaps depending on web browser.
I need to decide if I should reverse the controls, which would make controlling the pilot super straight forward. It actually almost makes it too easy, at least until you need to land and THEN the controls are reversed!