After playing the game for a bit more, I can safely say that the game is definitely easier than the original or the retro version. They've put a lot of tweaks like the auto-walking speed slow down near objects, auto sword when there's enemy, etc. The butterfly and the map (which I find hard to understand) might be too much as it kills the exploration side of the game, but I'm happy they can be turned off.
Gameplay wise, it's a much better experience than the retro version, as the controls and those aforementioned tweaks tighten things up.
Look & feel wise, the retro still holds that nostalgic value, but I can appreciate the art in this too. Such a shame they pulled the retro though. The ideal solution would be like Monkey Island where we can swap between the two visual+music at anytime during playthough.