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For those that don't know, fruit machines are a very popular variation of slots machines. They are fairly common in the UK and are typically found in UK pubs and clubs, fish and chip shops, seaside arcades Snooker Halls, Bingo Halls etc and are sometimes referred to as a 'Pub Fruity'. You can try our free fruit machines below and you can also scroll down further if you'd like to read more information about the history of fruit machines as well as tips on how to play them.
Christmas Fruit Machine Game
Released in December 2011, our wonderful 3 reels Christmas themed fruit machine game features Wild and scatter symbols, holds and nudges features plus gamble feature and more!Play Christmas Fruity
Spooky Fruity Game
Our 3 reel Halloween fruit machine game is a spooktacular fruit machine game with super graphics and sound, wild and scatter symbols, holds feature, nudges, gamble feature and more.
The Fruit Machine Game
Our exclusive fruit machine has all the fun and excitement of the real thing with great graphics, sound and
exciting gameplay features including a bonus board, cash ladder, gamble feature and more.
Oh My Cod! Fruit Machine Game
A classic 3 reel fruity with a British chip shop theme and all the features you'd expect to find in a traditional fruit machine including bonus board, cash ladder, holds, nudges and more.Play Oh My Cod! Fruit Machine
Fruit machines have their origins with the American one-armed bandit games (so-called because they were originally operated by one lever on the side of the machines)
From the 1980s onwards Fruit Machines manufacturers took advantage of advances in electronics and computing to make their fruit machines more sophisticated in terms of looks and features however today's modern fruit machines are still clearly related to their one-armed bandit ancestors with the original symbols of fruits (typically lemons, cherries, melons, grapes, oranges), BARs, Lucky number 7s Bells etc still being used to this day.
There are a few differences between a standard slots machine and a fruit machine game. On a typical fruit machine, you will find that there are features which include Nudge buttons, Hold buttons and Repeat buttons. Nudge and Hold features give players strategic choices which you will generally not get with slots games and some fruit machine players believe that using these features can give skilled players an edge.
Dedicated fruit machine players may have in-depth knowledge of particular fruit machines and there are even websites and forums where "professional" fruit machine players gather to exchange tips and strategy.
Other features that make a fruit machine different from a slots machine include cash pots, cash ladders, and bonus trails.
How To Play Fruit Machines
If you've played slot machines before you should have no problem grasping the basics of fruit machine games. Playing fruit machines is similar to the slots but, as mentioned above, there are a few differences and understanding the key features of a fruit machine, as detailed below, is the key to success!
Cash ladders are found on all fruit machine games. They are simple to understand and are a key part of the fruit machine experience with the potential to win ever larger sums of money as you move up a cash ladder towards the jackpot payout (in the U.K. the maximum jackpot is actually governed by British gaming laws).
Typically, on standard cash ladders, players get the opportunity to stop a light flashing as it moves up and down the cash ladder at rapid speed - if you can stop it on a cash prize then you win that amount. You can see a good example of this type of cash ladder in our Spooky Fruity fruit machine.
You can also find games with cash ladders that you move up one step at a time over the course of a game - moving slowly but surely higher up the cash ladder towards the jackpot keeps players motivated to carry on playing but all these fruit machines involve an element of chance and there is the risk that you may be sent back one or more spaces on the cash ladder or, even worse, you may be sent right to square one!
On a fruit machine, a bonus board (also known as a bonus trail) is typically made up of a grid or series of graphics that light up rapidly and at random. Players must press a "Stop" button to stop the random flashing and win whatever reward is lit up at the time.
The type of bonus players can win varies from game to game and can including winning cash, winning nudges or winning a gamble game or cash ladder feature etc. Skilled players may boast that they have developed mastery over a particular game and can stop the bonus board wherever they wish.
Hi Lo Bonus
The Hi Lo feature on fruit machine games is a fifty-fifty style gamble feature. Players can choose to try to double their winnings by guessing if a number will be higher or lower than a number on display. A wrong guess means the players loses their win and this can lead to a lot of British swear words! An element of strategy may appear to be involved but remember that, ultimately, what happens after you've pressed "Hi" or "Lo" is really up to the computer code at the heart of the fruit machine.
Nudge buttons are an integral part of fruit machines and can help you create a winning payline. When you have nudges available you can press the nudge buttons to move the symbols on the reel(s) of your choice down by one or more steps depending upon the number of nudges you have.
The number of nudges you can have will vary depending upon the game you are playing.
Hold buttons are a very useful feature on a fruit machine. They allow you to opt to hold one or more reels and then spin the remainder. This feature is typically employed to hold two of the same symbol in the hope that the next spin will result in the winning payline being completed by a third matching symbol. Some players who claim they know how to beat a particular machine may claim it's possible to memorize the best reel holding strategies.