The History of Fruit Machines
Fruit machines should not be confused with slot machines as although they are similar, they are not the same thing. Fruit machines did however develop from the slot machine and their rich histories are closely linked.
The slot machine was invented by Charles Fey during the late 1800’s and by 1910 these games could be found almost everywhere, but in 1909 the law was changed no longer allowing the slot machines to pay out cash. Bar owners and manufacturers paid out winners in free gum and various other prizes, and some say this is how the fruit and bar designs came about.
In 1919 America introduced prohibition which meant that alcohol was illegal and the slot machines were moved into speakeasies, and the owners of these establishments went back to offering cash payouts to their players. In 1931 gaming was legalised in Nevada and companies began to manufacture slot machines to supply casinos with the ever growing popularity of the slot machine.
Fruit machines are very popular in the UK and can be found in pubs, clubs and gaming arcades and across the globe these games are very popular in online casinos.
Online Fruit Machines
Fruit machines are not random like slot machines although they may look the same. Fruit machines pay out higher amounts as more money is put into the machine and if the machine does not pay out the machine will eventually be forced to pay out. With online fruit machines the jackpots that are offered are bigger.
The fruit machines that online casinos offer may look the same as land-based machines and they do offer the same format – standard symbols, single payline and three reels, but online fruit machines offer state-of-the-art graphics and include video bonus games and some even offer symbols and animation which look very different to the land-based fruit machine.
With new technology players are offered five reels plus more than three paylines and some online casinos give their players free play. Players can still enjoy the authentic feeling of the real fruit machine, but online casinos offer extra features, such as themes and bonus features. The bonus feature may be another game, but on a separate screen which will allow the player to win more, and this may be in the form of a nudge or hold.
Online fruit machines require some skill, but are nonetheless great fun to play and this is what makes them popular. Unlike fruit machines ordinary slots do not require any skill, while online fruit machines give you the chance to get closer to winning. Online fruit machines also offer an easy screen to follow. Everything you need to know is on the screen and the instructions are easy to follow.
Fruit Machine Tips
Look out for any special promotions or bonuses that are being offered as well as any rebates or prizes on offer. Online casinos will offer bonuses and other advantages to players who remain loyal to their site. When playing fruit machines for the first time it is always a good idea to first play for free until you are familiar with the rules of the game before playing for real money. Always remember it is not just about winning but having fun. Do not play with money that you cannot afford to lose and above all, enjoy the game!