Flying Red Barrel

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Flying Red Barrel
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Publication Information
  Developer(s)   Orange_Juice
  Publisher(s)   Fruitbat Factory
  Release date   December 31st 2007JP
  September 22nd 2009NA
  June 19th 2020Steam
  Genre   Bullet Hell
  Modes   Single Player
  Rating(s)   None
  Platform(s)   PC

Flying Red Barrel ~The Diary of a Little Aviator~ (空飛ぶ赤いワイン樽) is a single player video game developed by Orange_Juice and published by Fruitbat Factory. A trial version of the game was featured by Orange_Juice during Comiket 72, and then it was released in Japan on December 31st, 2007 during the third day of Comiket 73 and was the sixth game developed by Orange_Juice.[1] A demo was released shortly after on Orange_Juice's website, featuring the game's first two levels.[2][3]

Flying Red Barrel received two official English localisations: the first localisation was released in September 2009 by Rockin' Android and was available on a number of sites, such as Gamersgate and Direct2Drive; and the second was a remastered localization by Fruitbat Factory in June 2020 which added remastered visuals, increased screen resolution, and other quality-of-life improvements, available from the Fruitbat Factory store and on Steam.[4][5]

Plot[edit | edit source]

The plot of Flying Red Barrel focuses on Marc, the game's young aviator, and her various adventures as she protects the skies as a member of The Guild. In the game's first three levels, Marc generally takes on a number of aerial outlaws, such as Tequila, sometimes crossing paths with Peat, a fellow pilot in The Guild, and Fernet, a friend of Marc's who has grown irritated with her increasing focus on working for The Guild. Marc is also sometimes assisted by her mentor, Islay.

In the game's fourth level, Marc is tasked with fighting against a rebellion by a number of the Guild's members, including Sherry, who tells Marc to be wary of The Guild's intentions. Heeding this warning, Marc herself fights against The Guild in the game's final level, culminating in a battle with the Flying Castle, an apparatus designed to give The Guild full control of the skies.

Flying Red Barrel notably features 18 different endings depending on how the player progresses through the game.

Game Description[edit | edit source]

"People flying in the air? What baloney! If God had meant man to fly, He would have given him wings."
As though no such thing had ever been uttered, mankind has now gained its wings.
What people dreamed of as children is the reality of today.
Everyone reaches out for the sky together, carrying their wishes upon their wings.
With the rapid development of flight technology, an organization called the "Blue Sky Union" was established to maintain the order of the sky under law. People now call it "the Guild."
10 years have passed, and the Guild is now about to put an end to the prolonged anarchy of the sky.
This is a story of one of the aviators living in that era.
Flying Red Barrel ~The Diary of a Little Aviator~ is an old-school bullet hell/STG game with multiple endings based on actions you take.

Setting[edit | edit source]

The wide open sky above a quaint town in Flying Red Barrel

Flying Red Barrel takes place in a world where flight technology is a recent invention. This new technology saw rapid advancements, allowing for elaborate aircraft designs, however some still opt to use and develop land-based vehicles, such as trains. In order to protect the skies from lawlessness, the "Blue Sky Union", or more commonly known as "the Guild", was formed to police the skies. Flying Red Barrel begins 10 years after the formation of the Guild.

The setting is almost entirely airborne, with Red Barrel flying above clouds, with the exception when Red Barrel flies close to the ground to deal with troublemakers causing havoc on railroads. Only one town has been shown in the game however it is implied that there are other human settlements. The game's stages feature a variety of environments that can be assumed to be near the town, such as a large lagoon, rural fields, and a desert with railways running across the land.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Flying Red Barrel features 20 new original characters.

Original

Game Features[edit | edit source]

  • 5 challenging stages
  • 3 different difficulties
  • Secret bosses
  • Multiple endings

Bonus Character[edit | edit source]

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Before Flying Red Barrel's release on Steam, it was announced on June 2nd, 2020 that anyone who purchased Flying Red Barrel would receive a special bonus character, Marc (Pilot), as a character for use in 100% Orange Juice![5] This version of Marc is based on the outfit Marc wears while piloting Red Barrel in Flying Red Barrel. With Red Barrel at her side, this character features a different playstyle and a new Hyper card,  Rocket Cannon, for the player to experience. Since Flying Red Barrel's original release date, the offer has remained, and the bonus character can still be unlocked if the player purchases Flying Red Barrel on Steam.

Rockin' Android release[edit | edit source]

Prior to Fruitbat Factory's localisation of Flying Red Barrel in 2020, the game was originally localized and released on September 22nd, 2009 by Rockin' Android. After working with Orange_Juice on localizing SUGURI and Acceleration of SUGURI, Rockin' Android continued their partnership with Orange_Juice and attained the licensing rights to publish Flying Red Barrel. The game was released as a digital download on various websites, such as Gamersgate, Direct2Drive, Rice Digital, and Amazon.[2] An update for the game was later released in October 2009, featuring improved translations for the game's dialogue.

While Rockin' Android later released two of its previously published titles, SUGURI and Acceleration of SUGURI, onto Steam in July 2014, Flying Red Barrel was never released on the platform for unknown reasons. Furthermore, a number of websites that previously sold Flying Red Barrell removed the game from their listings, again for unknown reasons; a few of these websites also went offline. It was hinted on June 2017 that Rockin' Android's release of Flying Red Barrel would be removed from Amazon after August 2017, effectively putting the game out of print; to date, however, nothing has changed with the Amazon listing, and it remains the only way to purchase Rockin' Android's Flying Red Barrel, albeit only for customers within the United States.[6][7]

System Requirements[edit | edit source]

OS Windows 7/8/8.1/10
Processor Intel Pentium 2.4GHz or higher
Memory 2 GB RAM
Graphics DirectX 9 or above compatible card with 512MB VRAM or more
DirectX Version 9.0c
Storage 2 GB available space
Sound Card DirectSound compatible sound card
System requirements are only for reference. Actual performance may vary.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Flying Red Barrel English Trailer
Flying Red Barrel Japanese Trailer

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Flying Red Barrel, QP Shooting, and Christmas Shooting are the only Orange_Juice games to feature alternate endings.
  • Unlike other Orange_Juice games, where game art is done majority by Honos, Flying Red Barrel's art was done by Junpyon.
  • In 2009, Orange_Juice released an April Fools parody game entitled Flying Crimson Barrel.[8] The parody game featured Flying Red Barrel's first stage, with all the characters replaced by porcine versions of themselves.
  • The 1992 Studio Ghibli film Porco Rosso served as a major inspiration for Flying Red Barrel.[9] This inspiration is made even more apparent with Flying Crimson Barrel.

References[edit | edit source]