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 is more grassland
or inland than Palmtree Panic
and will usually be one of the starting levels. There is considerable overlap between the two.
- 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, 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.
- 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).
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- The Beach in Water Warfare, where the copious damaging water and obstructions make the map difficult to navigate.
- 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.
- Sonic the Hedgehog:
- The Super Mario Bros. series has plenty of these levels.
- Half the levels of Plok consist of these.
- The Kirby series has plenty:
- 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 Under the Sea level and the latter is a combination of Palmtree Panic with other level types.
- Breegull Beach from the Gameboy Advance game plays it straight, though.
- The Starting Beach in Tomba! 2 (or Tombi 2, depending on a region).
- The Sanctuary of Water and Ice and Whale Bay from Rayman 2: The Great Escape.
- Rice Beach in Wario Land is this, albeit with less water than most examples (until the tide comes in after beating the world boss) up to around level 4.
- Cool Spot began with a beach level.
- Jett Rocket begins in one of these, called the Atoll. Strangely, the second level of the Atoll is a Death Mountain instead.
- The second world of Donkey Kong Country Returns, simply named "Beach", is set on DK Isle's tropical beach amid the wrecks of numerous ships (overlapping with Gangplank Galleon). Crabs and squid abound.
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze features this for its first world, though in a unique twist the predominant plants are not palm trees, but giant mangroves.
- The original SNES Donkey Kong Country trilogy didn't have any true beach levels, but the third game did have a few "lakeside" levels, which were more or less this with wooden piers instead of sand.
- Ape Escape 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 The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 3.
- Rockman 2 Deus Ex Machina has Bubble Man's stage, which combines this with Underground Level.
- World 5 in Something Else. Luigi can retrieve kitties for a giant cat, interact with mermaids, swim in floating globs of water, storm Dedede's castle, smell the flowers, climb a flower-themed tower, and fight a giant Yoshi koopa cosplayer.
- There's an entire Beach faction of Lemmings in Lemmings 2: The Tribes, with appropriate Macro Zone levels.
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- 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.
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- RollerCoaster Tycoon had a few: Bumbly Beach, Big/Paradise Pier (1 & 2), Haunted Harbor and Dragon Cove.