A Comparison of Vegas Style Slots and Fruit Machines
While most of today’s online casinos feature Vegas style slot machines, fruit machines were the original slots. Though they can still be found online, fruit machines have long been surpassed by Vegas style video slots when it comes to online casinos.
In a comparison of modern slots and fruit machines it must be pointed out that while fruit machine games are basically all the same, modern slots have many different themes. This is why, for most players, modern slots are preferable to fruit machines.
UK players are most likely to play modern slots such as Lobstermania, Book of Ra and Cleopatra. Not as many players are interested in the basic slots that started it all. However, Fruit Machines in the UK do often include features that players enjoy.
The gamble feature is a great example of something players enjoy in their slots. Fruit machines and certain Vegas style slots include this feature. It allows players to take the winnings from a previous spin of the reels and either double it or lose it all. Players must correctly guess the color or suit of a face-down playing card. A correct guess allows them to double their winnings while an incorrect guess causes them to lose it.
Other features seen in fruit games include the hold and nudge. The hold feature enables one reel to be kept firmly in place while spinning the remaining reels. The nudge feature enables reels to move to the position above them or below them. Players have no control over either feature, as both are randomly triggered. This is something that fruit machines have always had and now their online slots do as well. In modern slots, games that use substituting wilds also often include the nudge and hold features.
One feature that made the transition from UK fruit machines to online slots is the Trail Bonus. The way this feature works is that consecutive wins move players along the trail. Progressing through the trail, players are rewarded with nudges and cash pots. It also includes a bonus known as Hi-Lo where players have to correctly guess if subsequent numbers on the trail will be higher or lower than the last. In modern day slots, the only way the Trail Bonus can be triggered is to get at least three scatter symbols on the reels at once. When the bonus begins, players will either have to spin a wheel or roll a pair of dice.
An aspect that Vegas style slots and fruit machines have in common is that in both types of games, players can work off their casino welcome bonuses. Most fruit slots come with a 100% contribution rate to the bonus, which means players can easily meet the wagering requirements needed to cash out their winnings.
These are the main differences between Vegas style slots and fruit machines. Both types of games have their fans, and many players will graduate from fruit to Vegas style slots.