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[[caption-width-right:298:Avast! [[note]](Clockwise from top left: ''[[{{Kirby}} Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land]]'', ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' (based on ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''), ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse''.)[[/note]]]]
A {{pirate}}-themed area seen in videogames, especially in a PlatformGame. Has many barrels, usually takes place near the water and a wooden ship, and features tons of pirate enemies in [[DressedToPlunder stock costumes]]. Expect to climb/swing on rope, navigate water, and dodge cannonfire. Was once fairly rare, but skyrocketed in popularity after ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' was released ([[DisneyThemeParks the attraction]] it was based on can be considered a RealLife version of this). If the character is [[SuperNotDrowningSkills capable of swimming]], expect a diving for treasure sequence.

In [=RPGs=], adventuring here may be related to the PortTown quest, to [[GetOnTheBoat get the boat]].

Named for the FinalBoss stage of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''.

Frequently overlaps with PalmtreePanic and UnderTheSea. For the Ninja-based counterpart, see {{Wutai}}.

See also ShipLevel.
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!!Examples:

* The first world of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 2''.
** The entirety of the game could be a bit of a GangplankGalleon, as most of the enemies (and even the final boss) are pirate themed and a couple areas feature wrecked pirate ships.
** Gloomy Galleon in ''DonkeyKong64'', those same ships sank.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' continues the theme, perhaps as homage. It mostly applies to the Beach world, but a handful of pirate levels pop up in later worlds as well.
* Jolly Roger's Lagoon and Treasure Trove Cove from the ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' series.
* ''DisneyEpicMickey'', taking place in an imitation of {{Disney|ThemeParks}}land, has an entire world reminiscent of the ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ride and featuring the pirates from ''Disney/PeterPan'', including a boss battle against a robotic Captain Hook.
* Pirate Storm, in ''[[SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Secret Rings]]''.
* The entire setting for ''[[VideoGame/SonicRushSeries Sonic Rush Adventure]]'' is pirate-themed, but the one level the trope describes the best is called - appropriately - Pirates' Island. There is also the [[GhostShip Haunted Ship]] stage.
* [[Disney/PeterPan Neverland]] whenever the cast of ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' visit it - in the first game it consisted entirely of Captain Hook's ship and Big Ben, but it got expanded in ''Days'' and ''Birth by Sleep''. [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Port Royal]] fills the same role in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** The pirate town in the original ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''.
** The Ship Graveyard in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''...
** Mac's Ship in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest''.
* Pirate's Island of ''BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg''.
* The water planet in ''[[MagicalVacation Magical Starsign]]''.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has a zone called, appropriately enough, the Obligatory Pirate's Cove.
* The ghost ship in ''VideoGame/MediEvil''.
* The setting for all of the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has the hidden town of Norg, and although it's inhabited by {{Ninja}} and {{Samurai}}, the pirate-speak certainly clues you in to where you are.
* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'':
** Raleigh's hideout in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' is a mansion sitting on top of a very large pirate ship, but the levels vary from [[EternalEngine fiery engine rooms]] to graveyards of downed airplanes, and a couple of rooms inside Raleigh's study.
** Bloodbath Bay in ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves''
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' has the airship levels that took place on large wooden ships (that flew) with lots of cannons, as well as one level that took place on boats (similar in design to the airship levels except the boats didn't fly). If you know what you're doing, you can swim under the boats. You can't do this with the airships (for obvious reasons).
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' features an underwater GhostShip as a level, the completion of which reveals the way to the final world.
* ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'', being basically a current-gen remake of ''Super Mario Bros 3'' with the best bits of ''Super Mario World'' and ''Yoshi's Island'' thrown in for good measure, brings back airship levels as occasional boss stages.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' has Jolly Roger Bay.
* The setting for the last three levels of the ''PeterPan and the Pirates'' video game.
* A ship battle is a staple of ''FireEmblem'', with the two sides fighting on two or more ships connected by planks. ''Blazing Sword'', ''Sacred Stones'', and ''Path of Radiance'' all have at least one.
* The SS Tea Cup in the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' games (''VideoGame/WarioLandSuperMarioLand3'' and ''VideoGame/WarioLandII'') is an example of this trope.
* The Haunted Ship in ''LaTale''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' has Deep Dark Galaxy, which has both sunken ships and one major floating one. Also, the battles against Bowser Jr. took place on SMB 3-style floating pirate ships.
* The Sunken Ship in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has been taken over by pirates.
* Keelhaul Key in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has a bunch of similar caves filled with wrecked ships and debris. It doesn't hurt that you sail there with some stock seafaring characters. And the ruler of the island, the undead pirate king Cortez.
* Planet Ardolis, the Ublik Passage, and Kreeli Comet in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank Future: Tools of Destruction'', and a good deal of "Quest for Booty".
** One of the 'vid-comics' in the third game also took place on a sci-fi version of this.
* Crossbones island of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. Complete with an abandoned ship, a rigged treasure chest and a giant pirate ghost.
* ''ZackAndWiki'' has a level on a ship, where the heroes and the game's initial bad guys get bothered by a titanic squid.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' features a large, curiously Western-looking shipwreck near one of the beaches. It is also home to many ghost-type enemies, crossing over with BigBoosHaunt. The sequel, ''{{VideoGame/Okamiden}}'', lets you explore the same ship [[TimeTravel before it becomes wrecked and haunted]].
* The SS Zelbess/SS Invincible (depending on which reality you were in) in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has the end of the Fantasy Stage fought along pirate ships. Cannons, rope swinging, pirates and the boss being a pirate captain with an eyepatch and pegleg on a giant octopus.
* In ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'', the players sailing ship is attacked by a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot pirate ship full of ninjas]]. They board your ship, and you have to fight them off. In keeping with the trope, the player must dodge cannon blasts, and barrels containing health and the like slide around the deck of the ship.
* "The Revenge of Orangebeard" in ''GarfieldCaughtInTheAct''.
* The Port of Balfonheim in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''. Described as lawless before the start of the game, but the citizens are kept in check afterwards only because [[spoiler: the mayor is an ex-Judge]].
* Booty Bay in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' and the last part of the Deadmines.
* Skull & Crossbones from ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTurtlesInTime''.
* The second level of the platform game ''Stuntman Seymour''.
* The entirety of ''{{Dubloon}}''.
* Level 4 of ''VideoGame/MoonCrystal'' takes place in a pirate ship.
* The Bermuda Triangle in ''Impossamole''.
* The third area of ''VideoGame/TheLostVikings 2'' takes place on a pirate ship fleet.
* Captain Dragon's ship in ''VideoGame/WonderBoyIIITheDragonsTrap''.
* There is such a level in the first DevilMayCry game. Dante must activate the ship and obtain the "Fire of St Elmo." The second boss battle with [[FeatheredFiend Griffon]] takes place here.
* Some levels in the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' series. In ''VideoGame/KirbysEpicYarn'', the AutoScrollingLevel Boom Boatyard is based off this theme.
* Most levels of (Captain) Claw have elements of this, and several are this trope outright, but that is what even new players will expect.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', you have to infiltrate the Gerudo Pirate Base to get the Zora Eggs in the Great Bay region.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'', the fourth dungeon is the Ghost Ship, which is a haunted pirate ship.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' the Sandship [[HailfirePeaks combines it]] with ShiftingSandLand and EternalEngine. It is visited [[TimeTravel in two time periods]]: the present, when the area is a desert, and the distant past, when the area is an ocean and the ship's advanced technology still works.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has the pirate town/island of Mos'Le Harmless, which is the centre of an entire quest-series focused around the game's pirates and their enemies, and also Braindeath Island (where "rum" is made), Harmony Island (monks besieged by zombie pirates), a small group of pirates that have run aground on the north coast of the Mordor-like Wilderness, and some more pirates in a cave near a large port.
* A good portion of ''[[FancyPantsAdventures The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 3]]'' takes place around and in a pirate ship, as the protagonist is trying to [[DamselInDistress rescue his sister]] from the pirates that kidnapped her.
* The final stage of ''VideoGame/GoofTroop'' takes place on Keelhaul Pete's pirate ship.
* The Emerald Brine from [[BitTrip BIT.TRIP Presents: RUNNER 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien]].
* ''VideoGame/TinyToonAdventuresBustersHiddenTreasure'' has this in the middle of the game. Naturally, this stage is where you find the titular "hidden treasure".
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'': the entire game is that as it is deliberately set during the GoldenAgeOfPiracy.
* ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage 2'' has a very brief section in stage 3 that's on a swinging pirate ship ride, filled with ninjas [[note]]This was before the whole Pirates vs. Ninjas debate[[/note]].
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