Classic Fruit Machines - Free Play Games
Here we have a selection of UK fruit machines and also some from around Europe and a few from Vegas to enjoy for free. No download required, no registration needed.
Bar X Magic 7
Plenty on Twenty
4 Reel Kings
Break the Bank
Wheel of Cash
Lucky 8 Line
Aztec Treasure 3 Reel
Black Magic Fruits
Wizard of Oz - 3 Reel
Super Nudge 6000
Triple Red Hot 777
5 Times Wins
Lucky 8 Line
Jackpot Jester 50000
Multi Slot Jackpot
10 Times Wins
Quick Hit Platinum
Super Times Pay
Traditionally, fruit machines would be played in seaside resorts or at the fairground, as part of a holiday's entertainment, or festive season when the fair comes to town. Older games usually involved 7s and BAR symbols, as well as games with naughts and crosses (O and X symbols) being massively popular too.
These days, although the games still look quite old-fashioned, under the skin, they are very advanced and include all sorts of features and tricks and tactics to get the best pay-outs. There is also a huge amount to learn for almost all the games and a seemingly never-ending number of versions of the games, to keep players on their toes.
In that respect, with the hug number of versions and (unlike USA slots), an element of skill involved, the UK slots are similar to US video poker games. Each game needs to be mastered in order to get the best out of it.
These days, things are starting to change in the UK (and Ireland), as Vegas slot machines become more and more popular, as well as games from Europe.
Just like Vegas slot, none of the new generation of fruit machines, require any skill at all to play. They also do away with the 'nudge and hold' features, as well as the 'skill stop' aspect to games that required timing and as well as quick hand-to-eye coordination, if you wanted to win on a regular basis.
These days, when you mention the term 'fruit machine' in the UK, different people will have different ideas about what, exactly that means.
For some it means the real old school games, like the naughts and crosses machines
For others, it means pub bandits, like 'Deal or No Deal' (one of the biggest brands in pubs across the UK). For other people, a fruit machine means Las Vegas video slots (i.e. the games made by IGT and Novomatic, like Cleopatra slots and Book of Ra).
So, here, with our free fruit machine page, we have tried to include a broad cross-section of games that people in the UK will recognise.
Unfortunately, the internet is massively short on some games types, like the naughts and crosses (Bar X Bar) type games and has no proper pub bandit games at all. Yes, there are some that call themselves pub bandits and they are good fun, but they are not a patch on the ones you get in pubs these days, with all of their features, tricks and tactics. This is such a shame, because they are such great fun to play and to figure out all the tricks.
There are loads of differences between the classic pub fruit machines and the type of games you would find in a high street casino, which are predominantly made by IGT and Novomatic.
The first big thing to notice is that a lot of classic fruit machines in the UK have just 3 or 4 reels, rather than the 5 reels that are most popular in casinos these days (although 3 reel video slots are still around).
Then we aso have the element of fruit. As you would expect, older fruit machines have loads of lemons, grapes, oranges and melon symbols, whereas video slots often have completely different and varied themes. However, it seems very odd, but the new-generation of fruit machines don't even bother with the fruit. It's hard to say how that is possible, but there you go, as they say.
Then we also have the nudge and hold features and the bonus features. These are totally different from Vegas slots, or UK casino slots. Especially the nudge and hold which have never been seen in Vegas and probably never will, due to the element of skill.
The bonus games in pub bandits are many and varied between the different UK fruit machines as well as the pub slots. As you work your way up the games you often move up money ladders, increasing your potential pay-out. You never see this type of feature in Vegas casino slots - the thought of the fact that you could lose the lot at any stage would be too much to bear for players in the USA, whereas in the UK, we are used to this type of thing - the gamble feature, with the opportunity to lose the lot.
One of the reasons for fruit machines like the Deal or No Deal game above not being seen online much could be to do with the way computer screens are. The typical computer screen is like a TV, but these games in the pubs and clubs are very tall and long, so would not fit on a normal computer screen.
However, the fact that tablet computers are getting more and more popular and that they can be turned around to make a long tall screen, whether companies will consider making fruit machines for them. Hopefully, we will begin to see the full range of proper pub fruites appearing online soon, for the many fans in the UK and Ireland.
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