This game has great music, but it's a remake of Gauntlet, and I don't like Gauntlet at all. I tried playing on Easiest difficulty, and it's that special mixture of boring and difficult.
'Record Mode' is supposed to be a single-player mode where you can't die. This seems like a mode that is equally poorly designed to the pay-to-win arcade mode. 'Quest Mode', however, has passwords and experience points. That could be something to try out.