Is that a glitch? I think you can stay on the worm if you stay below the ground, at least until you hit the diamond. I've only ridden him a few times, but that's what it seemed like to me. This version is every bit as good as the earlier ones. I remember the last one being a bit grindy, but in a good way. The $$ and discounts come at such a high rate that they pretty much keep up with the escalating prices of things. It does seem like they balanced it to keep things going longer, but I'm not complaining. Juicy Beast has this type of game down, I get hooked every time.