YMMV / Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure

  • Best Boss Ever: The Giant Squid battle. A long, drawn out battle of wits complete with a stormy backdrop, torpedoes, unprecedented teamwork, and firing a giant ship's mast not once but twice! The fact that a Pirates of the Caribbean-esque theme plays in the background makes it even more awesome.
    • The Final Boss, Barbaros himself is no slouch either, it's a long fight worth the grand finale of the game. You're (apparently) hopelessly outgunned by the boss and you have to use your smarts to turn the tables on your favor.
  • Ear Worm: Bonelich and his catchy remixes of old Capcom songs will become this to you!
  • Fridge Brilliance: The locks on treasure chests look like Wiki's head, because Wiki originally cursed Barbaros.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The levels were you deal with a rival/enemy requires you to be this. In "Operation: Take Back!" you're discreetly infiltrating one of Rose's flying vehicles to get back the map she stole, and early in the level, it's very important to destroy the plane door, otherwise you'll get cornered when you attempt to make your escape. This is very easy to miss the first time playing the level. In a similar fashion, when you're sneaking through Barbaros' Land, you must prepare carefully for your encounter with Barbaros so he'll lose looking like a complete fool as you outsmart him.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound that plays when all obstacles in the level have been cleared.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Bonelich's music minigames and the sword duels in the penultimate stage are often targeted as this, resulting from the way the game expects the player to find out how to properly control something with only a position picture for reference and people being unable to figure out how to do so.
  • Surprise Difficulty: Despite the light and graphics, the latter puzzles are incredibly hard even for skilled gamers.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The background music for "The Great Chase!" sounds nigh to "Black Pearl" from Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • That One Level:
    • Mad Science. There are several ways to mess up the level and make it unwinnable and it takes a while to find out how to even progress through the level.
    • Dragon Scales, for the same reasons as Mad Science.
  • That One Sidequest: Finding all the secret treasures. The game provides incredibly vague riddles on how to find them, and even if you know how to get them, it can be easier said than done. Unless you have a guide or Let's Plays at hand, you're pretty much screwed, since Oracle Dolls don't account for hidden items.
  • The Unreveal: It was pretty obvious from the beginning of the game that Barbaros was actually evil.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: You have a golden magical flying pet monkey bell, which you can ring with so living creatures, such as animals, turn into objects fit for use. No, not people; they turn into totems...except for the main villain, who turns into a golden skeleton. The game starts with his different skeleton parts being scattered in chests, and they look like cutlery and royal items. His crew consists of undead pirates, also. It's just as weird off paper.
  • Widget Series: As Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw of Zero Punctuation put it:
    "If you find the Japanese offensive, then you'll find this game offensively Japanese."
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Wiki's a girl... maybe? It doesn't help that after the final battle Wiki's voice talking to Zack sounds like a young woman. The character entry on Wiki uses "he" though.