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For those that don't know, fruit machine games are a very popular variation of slots machines. They are fairly common in the UK. Typically found in UK pubs and clubs. As well as fish and chip shops, seaside arcades, Snooker Halls, Bingo Halls etc. They are sometimes referred to as a 'Pub Fruity'. You can play our free fruit machines and win real money prizes. 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.
The origins of Fruit machines lay in American one-armed bandit games. So-called after original slot machines operated by one lever on the side of the machines.
From the 1980s onwards Fruit Machine 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. 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. There are even websites and forums where "professional" fruit machine players gather to exchange tips and strategy.
Fruit machines are a popular type of slots machine and there is an ever growing number of them at online casinos. We have had a look at the best fruit machines available online.
Other features that make a fruit machine different from a slots machine include cash pots, cash ladders, and bonus trails.
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 slots. But as mentioned above, there are a few differences. 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. Which keeps players motivated to carry on playing. But all these fruit machines involve an element of chance. 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 fruit machines, 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. These can include 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.
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 lose 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.