I don't really give a stuff about what a lot of the Monkey Island community has to say about 'Escape from Monkey Island'; I think it's a darn good game which is judged far too harshly, and unjustly picked on.
I got so much joy out of 'Escape...' when I first played it, and have done so with each replay. And that's because it's an enjoyable game. It has flaws, but the flaws are more than evened out with the great moments, the funny moments, the memorable moments, the epic moments; the bits that made us laugh ("I drink to forget", "Forget what?, "I forgot"), the bits that made us smile ("It's... pink."), the bits that made us excited (completing the ultimate insult, making Casaba fire the "Relly big cannon!"), the bits that made us satisfied (winning the diving competition, destroying the catapult) and the bits that made us happy (the crew recruiting, the dialogue, the Ozzie-squashing, the traveling from one island to another, the.. bah, the everything!) - y'know, the good bits of 'Escape...'; the enjoyable bits of 'Escape...'; the best bits of 'Escape...'.