I think Escape is bad. But the first two chapters are OK, and quite enjoyable. The last two are terrible, though.
Things I like:
Knuttin Atoll. It had a great atmosphere going on.
Elaine and Demon LeChuck had very good models.
Stan's theme from this game was by far it's best version.
Carla, Otis, and Meathook.
The cutscenes with Ozzie and LeChuck are surprisingly good.
The first church of LeChuck... Orthodox.
The running gag where you can say something flirtatious to every female character in the game, and Guybrush will say it in a really creepy voice.
Things I dislike:
Guybrush gets bashed by everyone (Happens in every game to some extent, but usually it's not this bad or universal, and the people who are the worst get punished for it (Carla, Otis, Meathook, Rottingham, Largo, etc.). It's especially annoying when Elaine does it.
Guybrush seems genuinly stupid instead of just inept and absent-minded.
Murray (and, to lesser extent, Stan) in the game for no reason at all.
Guybrush ends up on Monkey Island for completly no reason at all.
Herman Toothrot is NOT granpa Marley.
The giant monkey head turning into a robot.
The ending. Illogical "epic" Monkey Kombat between egoless LeChuck posessing a statue and the giant monkey head, followed by a ridiculously short and useless cutscene.
The awful backgrounds.
Some very illogical puzzles.
Apart from Elaine and Demon LeChuck, all characters (especially Guybrush) had awful models.
Elaine and Stan's voiceactors were not as good as their Curse voiceactors. Neither were very bad though.
IMO the game could have been pretty good if the story hadn't gone to Monkey Island for no reason at all and instead continued on the fairly decent path of the first two chapters. I doubt that would have raised it above place #5 on my ranking of the MI games, but it would have made the gap between Escape and the other 4 games a lot smaller.
Last edited by apenpaap; 01/25/2010 at 03:46 pm.