The Classic Fruit Machine SlotsBy: Joan Peppin, Thursday June 11th 2009
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A certain type of classic slot machine, known as the fruit machine, is very popular in the United Kingdom. It was commonly found in British pubs and also in arcades. The earliest versions of these machines had fruit symbols and dispensed fruit flavored chewing gum as prizes and hence the name fruit machine.
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The fruit machine is similar to the classic 3 reel single payline slot in some respects and different in others. Like any 3 reel slot the reels spin and come to rest. If the payline shows a winning combination as described in the pay table then the player receives a payout. However the fruit machine has certain features that are usually not present in 3 reel slots. One set of features consist of trails and sub games that offer additional payouts. The other set of features are holds and nudges. A nudge allows the player to rotate a reel of his choice by one step, thereby displaying the next symbol in the payline. A hold is freezing one of the reels and re-spinning the other two. Fruit machines offer repeat nudges, in which the player can execute another nudge after the first one, and hold after a nudge.
With the advent of online gaming, software providers began to replicate the features in online slots thereby giving rise to online fruit machines. Microgaming has many such slots in its portfolio. Cash 'n Curry, Dubya Money, Game On and Pub Fruity are the more popular Microgaming fruit machines.
Cash 'n Curry is a fruit machine with an Indian cuisine theme. The symbols on the reels are Ruby Ring, Melon, Lime, Pint, Bars, Chili, Poppadom and Seven. Thus they reflect a mix of the original fruit symbols and the theme of the slot. Cash 'n Curry has a trail feature. This feature is activated by an event outside the reels. The trail has 24 squares. The player proceeds along the trail based on the number he spins. When he lands on a square he performs the required action and wins additional credits. Cash 'n Curry also has the hold and nudge features.
Game On is a fruit machine with a football theme. The symbols on the reels are a mix of football icons and fruits. They are World Cup, Whistle, Pith Helmet, Boot, Melon, Lemon, Red Seven and Cherries. Game On has a bonus game on the second screen known as Soccer Safari. This game is activated by three football symbols. The game is a stop and win type of game. The game has three flashing meters with seven levels each. One meter is randomly chosen for the game. A light flashes through each level. When the Stop button is clicked the light stops at one level revealing the multiplier. The maximum multiplier in this game is 1,000x. Game On also has the hold and nudge features.
Pub Fruity has the original fruit machine symbols of Pub Fruity, Bells, Bar, Watermelon, Grapes, Orange, Lemon and Cherry. It does not have the nudge and hold features in the base game but has two bonus games instead, the Drinks Trail bonus game and the Dart Contest bonus game. The Drinks Trail bonus game is like the trail game described earlier. It offers free spins, multipliers and bonus nudges. Darts is a popular pub game and fits with the theme. In the Dart Contest bonus game the player has to pick one of the three contestants and is paid according to the position in the dart game of the contestant chosen.
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