You're actually stepping through time and dimensions and not for some silly reason like you've lost a fixed game and now must become a cat (through a lengthy and involved process) to unfix the game so that you can win a bet so that you can go to the bowels of the ship so that you can talk to an old man so that you can stage a rock opera so that you can wake a dragon and get one of six plot macguffins needed so that you can resume traveling between dimensions....
God it's sad when you write it out like that... I like everything about CC but that ^
Like you said, and I giggled at this, the game has you earning "plot coupons" to move on. Only some points matter, and one BIG SPLOTCH OF A FUCKING DOT is the big key at the end to the "connect-the-dots" story the game is.
That, and I hated the Deus Ex Machina it throws at you.... a fucking joke-looking alien's space ship even advances the story. I remember hating that, which led me to question the plot anything beyond the main part of it (the parts the matter... which were few and far between).
... which reminds me, how exactly would you say CT's story progressed? That one is almost as tricky at times.