At each city, you can panhandle or find a job to earn money. Cash can be spent on food to stave off hunger – because a skeleton’s still got to eat – or to travel by rail to a handful of nearby locations. You can hop a train elsewhere, too, though at considerable risk: if you’re caught, you’ll be beaten to death, which sends you back to your last stop via another chat with Sting’s vulpine antagonist. Tiredness is a factor, too: fail to find a rest stop during a long trek, and you’ll pass out from exhaustion. These survival elements feel like another pointless distraction, adding nothing but extra busywork. Dim Bulb could simply have had the wolf show up periodically, and none of this would have been missed in the slightest.