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->''"Hey, where am I?"''
->''"[[IncomingHam You wanna know where you are?]] Hahaha!'' In Port Royal!"
-->-- Intro to "Port Royal" by '''Music/RunningWild'''

Usually coupled with an island and much larger than the FirstTown, this is usually just where the characters are going to GetOnTheBoat to the next continent. Otherwise expect a fishing village and a beach, perhaps with a [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere floating fish monster]] that's preventing ships from sailing. If the boat doesn't leave fast enough to get wrecked at sea, the Port Town suffers this fate instead.

Often the Port Town will only let you GetOnTheBoat after doing a [[FetchQuest quest]], usually as a way [[BrokenBridge to assure the game you're ready]] to move ahead to an area where you might not be able to backtrack to. If the Port Town is host to an unsavory or criminal subdistrict filled with smugglers, privateers and pirates, this is the NotSoSafeHarbor.

TruthInTelevision, of course, but so ubiquitous that trying to list non-video game examples would be futile.
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!!Examples:

* The [[TropeNamer eponymous]] Port Town from ''VideoGame/FZero'', servicing as a port for space travel on Earth.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Port Royal
** Tortuga
* [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Vermilion City]], [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Olivine City]], [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Slateport City]] (even has port in its name), [[VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness Gateon Port]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Canalave City]] from the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series. [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Castelia City]] is a mix between this and HubCity.
* In the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series:
** Lianport in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII''.
** Portoga in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII''.
** Havre Léon and Porthtrunnel in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV''.
** Littlehaven (admittedly, not much of a "town", but the first place you take a boat to a new continent) and Lodestar Harbour in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''.
** Port Haven in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI''.
** Fishbel (which is also the FirstTown) in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII''.
** Port Prospect in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''.
** Port Llaffan and Bloomingdale in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX''.
* Toto in ''Videogame/{{Earthbound}}'' is a small fishing village/port town attached to Summers, which is a beach side resort. You can take the boat from there to Scarab, a town with a less favorable pier-to-town ratio, but still one that clearly relies on incoming water transport.
* Izoold and Palmacosta in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
* Venezia in ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' is where the protagonists can get a boat to Alvanista, which is also a port town.
* Capua Nor and its sister town Capua Torim in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', along with Nordopolica to a lesser extent..
* Kalay and Tolbi in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''.
** Those two are just inland cities that own ports. For REAL port towns, check Lalivero, Alhafra, and Champa.
** And in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'', there's Belinsk, Port Rago, Champa again ([[spoiler:what's left of it, anyway]]) and Tonfon.
* Pravoka in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''.
* South Figaro (pictured), Nikeah, and Albrook in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''.
* Port Junon and Costa Del Sol in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
* A few in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''; you can dock the garden at Fisherman's Horizon, and the [[GlobalAirship Ragnarok]] at the airport in Esthar. Balamb and Dollet are more traditional Port Towns, but you cannot pilot boats to and from there and in the case of Dollet, the town is entirely optional once you finish your mission there. You can rent cars from both locations, however.
* Lindblum in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', and it's also an ''airship'' port town.
* Luca in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
* Selbina and Mhaura in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''. Selbina only goes to Mhaura, but Mhaura swaps trips between Selbina and [[TheEmpire Aht Urhgan]].
* Balfonheim in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''.
* Port Sarim, Rellekka and Catherby in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}''. Port Phasmatys also, although it's a combination of Port Town and GhostTown.
* Saith in ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar''.
* Mactan Base, Cadiz Base and Planet Toledo from ''{{Freelancer}}'' are like staging areas within missions.
* Highcliff in ''NeverwinterNights2''.
* Cyrum kingdom in ''VideoGame/GrandiaII''.
* Saraband in ''VideoGame/ShiningForceIII'', the whole town is actually a boat.
* Port Zala and (to a lesser extent) Kolton from ''InfiniteUndiscovery''.
* About eight different towns in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', including one of the Alliance capital cities (Stormwind). The port area of the island Darnassus is treated as a separate zone, but since it's built around a teleporter that takes you straight into the city the division is somewhat arbitrary.
* Talos Island, Independence Port and Striga Island in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. Port Oakes in ''City of Villains''.
* Solde in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria''.
* The port of Badon in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'' (the first one released in the US and Europe).
* ''Every'' town the player visits in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' is a port town, since the only way to travel throuth the overworld is via an airship.
* [[VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia Rogue's Landing]] in ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed]]'', combined with LevelsTakeFlight and FloatingContinent.
* Bloodstone in ''VideoGame/FableII''.
* Rogueport, which is also the HubLevel of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' has Wakeport.
* Larapool of ''VideoGame/{{Quest 64}}''.
* Rhappala in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII''. [[spoiler: You don't get a boat on your first visit, though]].
* Talewok in ''Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage''.
* Beloveno from ''VideoGame/{{Albion}}'' is the largest settlement in the entire game. The large port takes up 25% of the map. The rest is a maze of buildings. If you didn't use the map for instant travel in the first town, you will use it here.
* One in each ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' campaign: Lion's Arch in ''Prophecies'', Kaineng Center in ''Factions'', and Kamadan in ''Nightfall''. If you purchase more than one campaign, you can travel between them using these cities.
* Jolly Roger's Lagoon from ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'' is definitely this.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' has Anvil as the main seaport, although the Imperial City has a river-based dock as well. You don't really travel anywhere from them in the unmodded version, although a few mods have you start the game by getting off a boat in Anvil.
** ''Skyrim'' has Solitude and Windhelm as well (Dawnstar was one according to previous lore, but by its appearance has been retconned or for unexplained reasons degenerated to a port ''village'').
** Due to ash storms and a certain monster-spawning volcano, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' features many cities that hug the coast of Vvardenfell like Vivec, Ebonheart, and most of Zafirbel Bay and Bitter Coast. Seyda Neen is both one of these and the FirstTown
* Brimloch Roon in ''VideoGame/WizardsAndWarriors''.
* In ''RagnarokOnline'', there's Izlude, Alberta and Hugel. Izlude and Hugel have your normal seaports as well as airship ports.
* All towns in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryV''; seeing as this installment of the series is based in a FantasyCounterpart to Greece, this is justified as all towns are close to water and have to live off of fishing.
* Kirkwall in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is one of these, though it's also the AdventureTown since the entire plot of the game is focused on the city and the area around it.
* [[http://www.terraearth.com/wp-terraearth/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/South-Cape.png South Cape]] from ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia''. The hometown of the KidHero, it's where the game first starts. Ironically, you end up going north and travelling by land when you leave, instead of taking a boat.
* Queynos and Freeport in ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}''. They also count as FirstTown for human characters.
* The place where the title character works as a barmaid in the song "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by The Looking Glass. ("There's a port/On a western bay/And it serves/A hundred ships a day")
* Many coastal towns in ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}} 3''. Unfortunately, the quarantine on the continent of Valorim has shut most of them down, and only a few actually allow transport anywhere.
* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' has Forpitas, which is near an island called Piratas. For bonus points, it also happens to be near an UnderTheSea location according to the novels.
* Port Puerto in ''VideoGame/FantasyLife''.
* Kingsport is ''VideoGame/CthulhuSavesTheWorld'' is where Cthulhu can hitch a boat to Alhazred, after curing the illness that plagues the town.

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