Gangplank Galleon

A pirate-themed area seen in video games, especially in a Platform Game. Has many barrels, usually takes place near the water and a wooden ship, and features tons of pirate enemies in stock costumes. Expect to climb/swing on rope, navigate water, and dodge cannonfire. Was once fairly rare, but skyrocketed in popularity after Pirates of the Caribbean was released (the attraction it was based on can be considered a Real Life version of this). If the character is capable of swimming, expect a diving for treasure sequence.

In RPGs, adventuring here may be related to the Port Town quest, to get the boat.

Named for the Final Boss stage of Donkey Kong Country.

Frequently overlaps with Palmtree Panic and Under the Sea. For the Ninja-based counterpart, see Wutai.

See also Ship Level.


  • The first world of Donkey Kong Country 2.
    • The entirety of the game could be a bit of a Gangplank Galleon, as most of the enemies (and even the final boss) are pirate themed and a couple areas feature wrecked pirate ships.
    • Gloomy Galleon in Donkey Kong 64, those same ships sank.
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 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 Banjo-Kazooie series.
  • Disney Epic Mickey, taking place in an imitation of Disneyland, has an entire world reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and featuring the pirates from Peter Pan, including a boss battle against a robotic Captain Hook.
  • Pirate Storm, in Sonic and the Secret Rings.
  • The entire setting for Sonic Rush Adventure is pirate-themed, but the one level the trope describes the best is called - appropriately - Pirates' Island. There is also the Haunted Ship stage.
  • Neverland whenever the cast of Kingdom Hearts 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. Port Royal fills the same role in Kingdom Hearts II.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • Pirate's Island of Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg.
  • The water planet in Magical Starsign.
  • Kingdom of Loathing has a zone called, appropriately enough, the Obligatory Pirate's Cove.
  • The ghost ship in MediEvil.
  • The setting for all of the Monkey Island games.
  • Final Fantasy XI 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.
  • Sly Cooper:
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 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).
  • Super Mario World features an underwater Ghost Ship as a level, the completion of which reveals the way to the final world.
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii, 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.
  • Super Mario 64 has Jolly Roger Bay.
  • The setting for the last three levels of the Peter Pan and the Pirates video game.
  • A ship battle is a staple of Fire Emblem, with the two sides fighting on two or more ships connected by planks. Blazing Sword, Sacred Stones, Path of Radiance and "Awakening" all have at least one.
  • The SS Tea Cup in the Wario Land games (Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 and Wario Land II) is an example of this trope.
  • The Haunted Ship in La Tale.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 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 Super Mario RPG has been taken over by pirates.
  • Keelhaul Key in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door 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 Ratchet & Clank 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 Golden Sun. Complete with an abandoned ship, a rigged treasure chest and a giant pirate ghost.
  • Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure has a level on a ship, where the heroes and the game's initial bad guys get bothered by a titanic squid.
  • Ōkami features a large, curiously Western-looking shipwreck near one of the beaches. It is also home to many ghost-type enemies, crossing over with Big Boo's Haunt. The sequel, Ōkamiden, lets you explore the same ship before it becomes wrecked and haunted.
  • The SS Zelbess/SS Invincible (depending on which reality you were in) in Chrono Cross.
  • 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 Castle Crashers, the players sailing ship is attacked by a 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 Garfield Caught In The Act.
  • The Port of Balfonheim in Final Fantasy XII. Described as lawless before the start of the game, but the citizens are kept in check afterwards only because the mayor is an ex-Judge.
  • Booty Bay in World of Warcraft and the last part of the Deadmines.
  • Skull & Crossbones from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time.
  • The second level of the platform game Stuntman Seymour.
  • The entirety of Dubloon.
  • Level 4 of Moon Crystal takes place in a pirate ship.
  • The Bermuda Triangle in Impossamole.
  • The third area of The Lost Vikings 2 takes place on a pirate ship fleet.
  • Captain Dragon's ship in Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap.
  • There is such a level in the first Devil May Cry game. Dante must activate the ship and obtain the "Fire of St Elmo." The second boss battle with Griffon takes place here.
  • Some levels in the Kirby series. In Kirby's Epic Yarn, the Auto-Scrolling Level Boom Boatyard is based off this theme.
  • Most levels of Claw have elements of this, and several are this trope outright, but that is what even new players will expect.
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • 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 The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 3 takes place around and in a pirate ship, as the protagonist is trying to rescue his sister from the pirates that kidnapped her.
  • The final stage of Goof Troop takes place on Keelhaul Pete's pirate ship.
  • The Emerald Brine from BIT.TRIP Presents: RUNNER 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures games:
    • In the 1991 NES game of the same name, the third act of the second world takes place on a pirate ship. Enemies include pirates and Roderick Rat clones that toss anvils. The boss is a pirate captain that resembles Captain Hook, though considering what movie came out the same year, this may have been intentional.
    • Buster's Hidden Treasure has a haunted pirate shipwreck in the middle of the game. Naturally, this stage is where you find the titular "hidden treasure".
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: The entire game is that, as it is deliberately set during The Golden Age of Piracy.
  • Streets of Rage 2 has a very brief section in stage 3 that's on a swinging pirate ship ride, filled with ninjas note .
  • McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure has a pirate ship in the second half of the third world. When Ronald reaches the crow's nest, an enemy ship fires many cannonballs, sinking the ship. The boss of the stage is a pirate captain with giant lips, who has the fourth and final piece of the treasure map.
  • As you would expect from a game about Sky Pirates Skies of Arcadia has lot of this; but mainly at the start of the game. As you progress through the game the technology gets more advanced, becoming more Wooden Ships and Iron Men in style.