The first kind of fruit slot machine did not actually pay any money back to the user where instead they would receive vouchers that the winner would have to redeem for items such as cigarettes, sweets or drinks. Fruit machines were always thought of as stand alone games that were always found within gaming institutions but in 2007 we saw the next stage of evolution for these long serving games as with the creation of more and more online gaming entities games of this type found there niche within the market by offering the services and fun to all who had access to the internet. Since this time games of this type have gone from stride to stride with their popularity constantly increasing as more people find enjoyment and satisfaction from playing these games from the comfort of their own home.
As the years have gone on and technologies have improved the variety of fruit machines available has gone into overload with thousands of different themed machines being used all over the world. Many of these themes have seen well known and famous brands such as the Simpson’s and Deal or no Deal hit machines of this type which again provides players with a sense of association to the games. In recent years many amusement arcades have split the make up of fruit machines by offering more adult orientated machines giving larger layouts than the conventional games under a eighteen plus banner which in turn entices more players of the older generation to enjoy these machines as much as children with the chance of winning more money. In many holiday resorts such as Blackpool and Brighton amusement arcades have done away with the cash return system which is generally in place and returned more towards the traditional payout return by giving winners printed tickets which they can redeem for items such as toys, cuddly bears and sweets with some prizes as large as cars and holidays being available for a high volume of tickets.
Another major change to the way these machines have evolved is that many of these games have now improved on the single pay line strategy and now offer even more ways to win with some machines having up to one hundred pay lines spread over six reels which can make the games more confusing but increases the win probability on a large scale. Additional features have also been added with the creation of special bonus games which you enter by matching certain symbols or tallying up a certain amount of numbers which gives the player an additional chance of hitting the jackpot. For the past couple of decades another feature that has been readily available on these machines is the chance gamble a win rather than accept it with a double or nothing feature which again gives the player that extra dimension of chance and fun.
These fun and exciting games continue to gain strength and evolve more with each passing year and continue to provide players with a great source of entertainment. I hope this article has given you a good insight into the history and make up of this type of gaming creation and below I will give you some excellent examples of fruit machines past and present which hopefully will give you an insight into the way they have progressed.