* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qmh9Ieipqk Lucre Island town music.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO2vOrQS_FY The Knuttin Attoll theme.]]
* BrokenBase: This game was hated by a lot of the series' older fans when it came out, due to the graphics, controls, plot, rehashes, retcons and frequent errors (in the PC version at least). But conversely a lot of people grew up with this (and possibly Curse) as the only Monkey Island games they knew and so recall it fondly. By the time Tales Of Monkey Island came out, the demographic had shifted, and Escape was generally considered in a more positive light.
** Still, even if you only compare it to ''Curse'', it's disappointing, especially given that ''Curse'' was arguably the best game of the series, with the same or better sense of humor and vastly superior graphics.
* ContestedSequel: Widely considered to be the weakest game in the series. The RetCon as to Toothrot's true identity doesn't help.
* DisappointingLastLevel: The player is stranded on Monkey Island for the last third (almost half) of the game to fight an annoying rock-paper-scissors style fighting minigame and have tons of exposition and retcons dumped into his/her lap. The grand finale almost makes up for it though.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Escape gets this treatment from fans who are unhappy with its quality or [[ContinuitySnarl confusing]] [[PlotHole retcons]].
* ScrappyMechanic: Monkey Kombat might have been tolerable if not for the fact that the game forces you to ''write down'' both the stance switching commands (of which there are about twelve) and which stand beats which, since both are randomized on each playthrough and the game provides no reference for them.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The first post-[[PointAndClick SCUMM]] Monkey Island. The engine change adds clumsiness and the game lacks a powerful story a la ''GrimFandango'' to compensate for it.
** The general consensus among VideoGame/MonkeyIsland fans is that this one isn't quite as good as the previous games, not only thanks to a weaker script, but also thanks to control issues inherited from the ''GrimFandango'' game engine: The game uses awkward tank-style controls for movement (in the style of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'') instead of the previous games' point-and-click interface, and using inventory items and interacting with the environment requires the player to shuffle one-by-one through a list of available options.
* TheUntwist: "Charles L. Charles" is [[PaperThinDisguise an extremely transparent pseudonym]]. Honestly, were any players at all surprised at his real identity?