I think the biggest problem is that the minigames did not work at launch, and the minigames were meant to be the showcase for the update. They're getting fixed (and should be ready rather soon), but that just leaves the more idly stuff. As such, while the update is atmospheric and all, there's not as many interactive elements as was planned.
It also doesn't help that the RNG hates people sometimes. I've had good luck, but I can see throwing 50 remains in the pot and not getting any ghost pets being infuriating.