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The video game level version of BeachEpisode--a level on the beach.

These levels are not entirely UnderTheSea, but feature the edge of land and water. This can be an easy, fun and relaxing level in the style of a BeachEpisode, but not always, since the beach can be dramatic. Expect palm trees, sand, fun Caribbean-style music and jetskis. May overlap with GangplankGalleon and/or UnderTheSea, or located near a PortTown.

Compare the just-as-tranquil GreenHillZone, which is more [[GhibliHills grassland]] or inland than PalmtreePanic and will usually be one of the starting levels. There is considerable overlap between the two.
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!!Examples:

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Great Bay from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening''- at the start of the game you must return to the beach you washed up on and search for your lost sword. This can actually be a remarkably difficult area for first-time players, as, well, ''you have no sword'', and the use of the shield to push enemies is neither obvious nor explained.
** A good deal of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has this too.
* ''{{Shantae}}'' and its sequel start on the outskirts of the seaside village of Scuttle Town.
* ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' - Cape Claw.

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* There are a few of these (such as Baroo Coast) in ''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisodeIRacer''. They're a real pain, because sand noticeably slows you down and water just stops you outright.
* The Big Blue stages in ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} GX''.
* ''ModNationRacers''' [[LevelEditor track editor]] can let you make tracks in a beach area if you chose to go with a Seaside Setting.
* Many stages in the ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' series are this: Koopa Beach in the SNES original, Koopa Troopa Beach in ''64'', Shy Guy Beach and Cheep-Cheep Island in ''Super Circuit'', [[RhymesOnADime Peach Beach]] in ''Double Dash'', Cheep Cheep Beach in ''DS'', Cheep Cheep Lagoon and Wuhu Loop in ''7'' and Dolphin Shoals in ''8''. and Mario Beach in the ''Arcade GP'' games. Only the Wii version doesn't have a beach-themed track, though Daisy Circuit and Koopa Cape come pretty close.

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* ''VideoGame/RivalSchools: United By Fate'' has the Gorin High Training Camp stage, which takes place on a sunny beach (complete with an ice-selling shack on the background).

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[[folder: First Person Shooter ]]

* The Beach in ''WaterWarfare,'' where the copious damaging water and obstructions make the map difficult to navigate.

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* Reynard Beach and Zaylope Beach are two such examples in ''[[AirRivals Ace Online]]'', although the palm trees have probably been long vaporised by the ongoing war between Arlington and Bygeniou.
* ''WonderlandOnline'' makes use of this trope in the starting areas.
* ''MapleStory'' has the Florina Beach area, filled with monkeys, crabs, and turtles.

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[[folder: Platform Game ]]

* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** The TropeNamer comes from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'', where it served as GreenHillZone. Sea Gate in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' and the tutorial of ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Rush|Series}} Adventure'' count as well.
** Even the original GreenHillZone and its successors ([[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Emerald Hill Zone]], [[SonicAdvanceTrilogy Sunset Hill Zone]]) have a coastline and palm trees in the background.
** Emerald Coast Zone from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''.
** Super Sonic in the picture above is flying into ''Sonic 3'''s Angel Island Zone.
** Wave Ocean from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006''.
** Adabat from ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' is [[HailfirePeaks a cross between]] [[PalmtreePanic this trope]], JungleJapes and TempleOfDoom.
** There is also Neo Green Hill Zone in ''[[SonicAdvanceTrilogy Sonic Advance]]'', and Resort Island in ''SonicR''. The list just never stops growing.
** Tropical Resort Zone from ''VideoGame/SonicColors''. The dirt even has the same texture as the ground in Palmtree Panic.
** Seaside Hill and Ocean Palace from ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', which also appear in the PS3/Xbox 360/PC version of ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''.
* The ''SuperMarioBros'' series has plenty of these levels.
** The non-UnderTheSea levels of World 3 in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' hinted at this, and the world map gave off the theme with relaxing beach music, palmtrees and even a canoe.
** Crescent Coast in ''Yoshi's Safari'' is one-third this and two-thirds UnderTheSea.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' combined several of its [[UnderTheSea water levels]] with a beach filled with a recurring cast of [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]] in a swimming class.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' has the Starshine Beach Galaxy.
** Gelato and Sirena Beaches and the beach outside of Pinna Park from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine'', albeit the latter two to a much lesser extent than the former.
** Fourth world in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii''. The original ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' also has it as the third world. It is World 3 in ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU'' as well, though ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2'''s third world is [[HailfirePeaks a combination of this]] and JungleJapes.
* Half the levels of ''{{Plok}}'' consist of these.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' series has plenty:
** Float Islands in the first game.
** Ripple Field in ''Dream Land''s 2 and 3.
** Ice Cream Islands and Orange Ocean from ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure''.
** ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'':
*** The second stage of "Revenge of Meta Knight" and Aqualiss/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Aquarius]].
*** Illusion Islands in ''Kirby Super Star [[VideoGameRemake Ultra]]''.
** The first and third levels of Aqua Star from ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards''.
** Olive Ocean from ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheAmazingMirror'' (a cross between this and UnderTheSea).
** The Water Top Ride course from ''VideoGame/KirbyAirRide''.
** Secret Sea from ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad''.
** Onion Ocean in ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand''.
* Treasure Trove Cove in ''{{Banjo-Kazooie}}''.
** Jolly Roger's Lagoon and Nutty Acres in the sequels are both subversions; the former turns out to be just a small portion of a hidden UnderTheSea level and the latter is a [[HailfirePeaks combination of Palmtree Panic]] with [[GreenHillZone other]] [[LethalLavaLand level]] [[EternalEngine types]].
** Breegull Beach from the Gameboy Advance game plays it straight, though.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Starting Beach]] in ''{{Tomba}} 2'' (or ''Tombi 2'', depending on a region).
* The Sanctuary of Water and Ice and Whale Bay from ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}: The Great Escape''.
* Rice Beach in ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' is this, albeit with less water than most examples (until the tide comes in after beating the world boss) up to around level 4.
* ''CoolSpot'' began with a beach level.
** [[BookEnds And ended with one.]]
* ''JettRocket'' begins in one of these, called the Atoll. Strangely, the second level of the Atoll is a DeathMountain instead.
* The second world of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'', simply named "Beach", is set on DK Isle's tropical beach amid the wrecks of numerous ships (overlapping with GangplankGalleon). Crabs and squid abound.
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze'' features this for its first world, though in a unique twist the predominant plants are not palm trees, but giant mangroves.
** The original SNES ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' trilogy didn't have any true beach levels, but [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3 the third game]] did have a few "lakeside" levels, which were more or less this with wooden piers instead of sand.
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'' gives us the whole Oceana level set, with Crabby Beach, Coral Cave, and Dexter's Island (where the level takes place primarily inside a dinosaur).
* Bummin' It Beach is the beach level in ''[[VideoGame/FancyPantsAdventures The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 3]]''.
* ''VideoGame/Rockman2DeusExMachina'' has Bubble Man's stage, which combines this with UndergroundLevel.
* World 5 in ''[[VideoGame/{{Something}} Something Else]]''. Luigi can retrieve [[CuteKitten kitties]] for a giant cat, interact with [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaids]], swim in [[FloatingWater floating globs of water]], [[StormingTheCastle storm Dedede's castle]], [[GreenHillZone smell the flowers]], [[EvilTowerOfOminousness climb a flower-themed tower]], and fight a giant Yoshi koopa cosplayer.

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* There's an entire Beach faction of VideoGame/{{Lemmings}} in ''Lemmings 2: The Tribes'', with appropriate MacroZone levels.

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* VideoGame/ChronoCross: Opassa Beach.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has one of these both at the beginning [[WhereItAllBegan and the end]] of the game.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has Costa Del Sol.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has Bibiki Bay, Valkurm Dunes, and Buburimu Peninsula.
** The first third or so of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' once you get out of Zanarkand is PalmtreePanic.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has Phon Coast near Arcadia. One of the few instances of the characters relaxing and acting juvenile.
** There's also Sunset Beach from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII.''
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' has Summers, a beach resort town about midway through the game. It's quite a bit more relaxed in pace than the previous areas, though not safe - overzealous cops, muscled beach jocks, taxis and street signs are still out to get you, albeit at a low encounter rate. Also references overinflated prices at tourist resorts by jacking up the price on everything at shops.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} 8'' has Bayjin, a tropical-themed area inhabited by Rynjin.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'': Virmire. A beautiful beach area, completely unlike the desolate or otherwise depressing locations in the other main-quest missions up to that point, yet it's also one of the most dramatic locations in the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' gives us Pedea Island in the beginning of the third game, which really contrasts with the whole futuristic outerspace setting of the series.
* The Beach Stretch of Gal Da Val in ''PhantasyStarOnline'' Episode II.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'':
** ''MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' has several: the easternmost section of Beanbean Outskirts, Oho Oasis, and Gwahar Lagoon.
** Plack Beach in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'' has an inexplicable minor tooth-decay theme (enemies in the area include Pokey variants made of teeth, obese [[TheGoomba Goombas]] with lollypops, and drill crabs).
** Driftwood Shore in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'', which even features a remix of the music used for the beach areas in ''Superstar Saga''.
* Most ''{{Pokemon}}'' games have at least one beach area. There aren't any wild Pokemon on the beaches themselves, but go surfing and you'll run into plenty of [[GoddamnedBats Tentacool/Tentacruel and Wingull/Pelipper]], plus things like Goldeen/Seaking and Mantyke from time to time. (Frillish/Jellicent in Gen V). The Swimmer, Tuber and Sailor trainer classes are often found here. Plenty of other water Pokémon are found by fishing with various rods. ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' and Emerald seem to have the most individual beach areas, due to Hoenn being a warm, tropical region with lots of coastline, but there's plenty of coast in all five gens.
* ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'': "Goodbye, Shingala", Chapter 4, is set at the beachside village of Veniccio. The action segments take place in the Ocean's Roar Cave dug into the nearby cliff.
* ''EndlessOcean'' and its sequel are made of this,since your base is a tropical island.
* ''VideoGame/NappleTale'' contains an oceanfront-themed level called Once Summer. The later half of it follows the seabed, but the ocean magically parts to form a passage, allowing the heroine to proceed on dry land. It's for the best, since she has SuperDrowningSkils.


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[[folder: Shoot Em Up ]]

* Blastnya in ''HeavyWeapon'' combines this with RemilitarizedZone. Amusingly, you can see sunbathers relaxing on the beach even when it's raining bombs.

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[[folder: Simulation Game ]]

* ''RollerCoasterTycoon'' had a few: Bumbly Beach, Big/Paradise Pier (1 & 2), Haunted Harbor and Dragon Cove.

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[[folder: Sports Game ]]

* ''[[BackyardSports Backyard Baseball]]'' has the Boardwalk.

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[[folder: Wide Open Sandbox ]]

* Vice City in the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series.
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