Congratulations, Telltale gurus, on releasing the first episode of Tales of Monkey Island. You've made a great start.
In particular, I was very impressed with:
1) The opening confrontation with LeChuck. Epic, exciting, and funny - and it really captured the classic Monkey Island feel. This might actually be my favourite opening moment to any game in the series.
2) I love Guybrush's visual character design. You've taken everything that I liked about Guybrush's design from LeChuck's Revenge and CMI and somehow combined them to create a new Guybrush who surpasses them. Best Guybrush yet.
3) The facial animations - and the background environmental animations - really breath life into the game. Wonderful stuff.
4) The music is great.
5) The mouse only control method, whilst initially a little too "sensitive", is easy to get used to. After just a short time, I found steering Guybrush around with the mouse to be a painless and enjoyable experience.
What I didn't like:
I only have one criticism, really, but it threatens to spoil my enjoyment of the series, so I'll throw it out here...
The game (so far) lacks the piratey atmosphere of the first three games. It's all too similar to EfMI in this respect. I'll try to elaborate.
Ninja Dave action figures? A pirate glassblower who makes unicorns? A "New York" reporter? You tube references? A pirate cocktail club? And all of them encountered in quick succession, one after the other? It's this sort of thing (when overused) that ruined EMI for me. Although it's not quite so bad in ToMI, the problem is still clearly evident.
The balance seems off - the first three games were wonderfully piratey with the occasional effectively used anachronism. The fourth game in the series (and seemingly the new episodes) represented a shift away from this, which significantly lessened the Monkey Island feel. The problem, I think, is that the contemporary references are too prominent - too "in your face" - and there are too many of them to the point where they dominate the feel of the game.
Other than this problem, well done guys! The episode was fun and I look forward to playing the future instalments.