@humanity: That's actually how most Visual Novels go. 999/VLR's puzzles are actually rather novel.
Instead, in games like Saya no Uta, Steins;Gate, and Katawa Shoujo, you make decisions at points in the story and just read along. But if the stories are good enough, which they very often are, why would you want to get bogged down in tedious minigames?
Because when both are good, like in Sengoku Rance, it just sucks weeks of your life away.