Coin Operated Fruit Machine Gaming
Evoking memories of British seaside holidays and lost hours in the amusement arcade, coin-operated fruit machine gaming is popular among collectors on the lookout for new or vintage slots. With the introduction of the new £1 coin in 2017, there is a new market among people looking for updated classic gaming machines.
Slot machines were first introduced in the 19th Century and first featured fruit symbols in 1902, in the 1960s they developed to become electromechanical, and video slots followed in the 1970s. The current trend for online slot machines has not dampened collectors' enthusiasm for the traditional fruit machine.
Bell-Fruit has been producing fruit machines for more than 50 years, so it is possible to come across a vintage slot made by this brand from as far back as 1963 when ‘3-A-Like' started appearing in British pubs; in 1966 the company launched its first console models ‘Full House' and ‘Strike,' which were among the first AWP (Amusement with Prizes) machines. Other vintage Bell-Fruit machines include 1969's ‘Wildcat' and 1975's ‘Lucky Bell.' Current Bell-Fruit machines include ‘Pots of Luck' and ‘Up Spinner'.
Barcrest started producing machines nearly 50 years ago and are responsible for popular games such as its flagship ‘Rainbow Riches', launched in 2006, which uses a dancing leprechaun as the figurehead of its bonus rounds.
The jackpot available to be won can vary from machine to machine. £5 jackpots are popular for larger amusements, played primarily for the sheer joy of it. This prize can range up to £250. Many feature bonus games providing the opportunity for players to increase their chances of winning.
Many fruit machines which come up for sale are based on the theme of a popular television show or film. ‘Star Wars' machines which have been manufactured include ‘Star Wars: A New Hope' and ‘The Empire Strikes Back'; there are also various ‘Deal or No Deal' games; and other film and TV-inspired fruit machines include ‘Doctor Who', ‘Indiana Jones', and the 1980's game show ‘Wheel of Fortune'.