Spoiler warning for the game's story btw, in case you haven't played it before:
Yeah I haven't finished it since my first playthrough back in 2000. Upon finishing I've discovered that it gets a lot of hate where I don't think it's really warranted. The only bad thing I have to say is that the story gets a bit stupid towards the very end of when you're on Monkey Island with the inconsistency regarding Herman's ID and Giant Monkey Robots.
Other than that it's a good game, Lucre and Jambalaya are nice big levels filled with great locations and music, as well as some challenging puzzles, to me that is always the most important thing for an adventure game to have. Monkey Kombat is actually fairly straightforward and not that hard to understand, the only thing is you will have to write down the combinations unless you have an amazing memory.
So to summarise, Escape is better than what a lot of people say, only the story at the very end of the game is an issue, and I don't think that's enough for me perosonally to ruin the game, much like the removed intro in MI2:SE doesn't ruin that at all. Story is nice, but it usually takes backseat to the locations, music and puzzle difficulty for me.
Escape is still bottom tier when compared to the first 3 games, but it's not an awful game by any means. I've been doing a playthrough of all the games in a row and am moving on to my 2nd playthrough of Tales soon.