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Palm Tree Panic
Sun, sand, and a whole lot of coconuts.note 

The video game level version of Beach Episode—a level on the beach.

These levels are not entirely Under the Sea, but feature the edge of land and water. This can be an easy, fun and relaxing level in the style of a Beach Episode, but not always, since the beach can be dramatic. Expect palm trees, sand, fun Caribbean-style music and jetskis. May overlap with Gangplank Galleon and/or Under the Sea, or located near a Port Town.

Compare the just-as-tranquil Green Hill Zone, which will always be one of the starting levels. There is considerable overlap between the two.

Examples:

Action Adventure

Driving Game
  • There are a few of these (such as Baroo Coast) in Star Wars Episode I Racer. They're a real pain, because sand noticeably slows you down and water just stops you outright.
  • The Big Blue stages in F-Zero GX.
  • ModNation Racers' track editor can let you make tracks in a beach area if you chose to go with a Seaside Setting.
  • Many stages in the Mario Kart series are this: Koopa Beach in the SNES original, Koopa Troopa Beach in 64, Shy Guy Beach and Cheep-Cheep Island in Super Circuit, Peach Beach in Double Dash, Cheep Cheep Beach in DS, and Mario Beach in the Arcade GP games. So far, only the Wii version doesn't have a beach-themed track, though Daisy Circuit comes pretty close.

Fighting Game
  • Rival Schools: 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).

First-Person Shooter
  • The Beach in Water Warfare, where the copious damaging water and obstructions make the map difficult to navigate.

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games
  • Reynard Beach and Zaylope Beach are two such examples in Ace Online, although the palm trees have probably been long vaporised by the ongoing war between Arlington and Bygeniou.
  • Wonderland Online makes use of this trope in the starting areas.
  • MapleStory has the Florina Beach area, filled with monkeys, crabs, and turtles.

Platform Game

Puzzle Game
  • There's an entire Beach faction of Lemmings in Lemmings 2: The Tribes, with appropriate Macro Zone levels.

Role-Playing Game
  • Chrono Cross: Opassa Beach.
  • Kingdom Hearts has one of these both at the beginning and the end of the game.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • 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.
  • Wizardry 8 has Bayjin, a tropical-themed area inhabited by Rynjin.
  • Mass Effect 1: 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.
  • 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 Phantasy Star Online Episode II.
  • Mario & Luigi:
  • Most Pokémon 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 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. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire 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.
  • Dark Chronicle: "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.
  • Endless Ocean and its sequel are made of this,since your base is a tropical island.
  • Napple Tale 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 Super Drowning Skils.

Shoot 'em Up
  • Blastnya in Heavy Weapon combines this with Remilitarized Zone. Amusingly, you can see sunbathers relaxing on the beach even when it's raining bombs.

Simulation Game
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon had a few: Bumbly Beach, Big/Paradise Pier (1 & 2), Haunted Harbor and Dragon Cove.

Sports Game

Wide Open Sandbox
Embarrassingly Painful SunburnBeach TropesSmashing Watermelons
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!ImageSource/Video GamesDonkey Kong Country Returns
The OverworldVideogame SettingsPatchwork Map
Palate ProppingAdded Alliterative AppealPaper People

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