Bah. Trousers has beaten my score of 15,000-ish, with a score of about 25,000. I hate him. I hate him even more because I only managed to claw back as far as 20,800. I can get up to stage 4 without dying now, but usually lose at least a couple of lives there. Stage 5 is horrible, as you have to steer your ship through twisty, narrow passageways shooting fuel tanks. And I’m sure your ship can’t move fast enough to do one specific section.
Of course, this means I die and get no further. Boo.