I suck at that game but really dig it.
Yeah, wrapping your head around and learning how to control the physics of the game is the biggest “trick” with Umihara. The game usually presets you with a couple different paths you can take to clear a stage, so there’s always more than one way to beat it. Even if you see how I did the last stage, I basically just skipped over the entire thing simply by knowing how to get the physics to work for me. Brilliant game, and even when you beat it one way it’s fun trying to clear all the different paths!