Slot machines, or as the British vernacular goes, ‘fruit machines,’ are by far the most popular games at land-based and online casinos, which explains why websites and casino floors boast slots in the hundreds. Even the newest, most high-end land-based casinos have thousands of slot machines ready for patrons to spin for the win.
Moving online has progressed casino gaming a great deal, expanding the capabilities of games like slots. Now, the standard format of an online slot is three rows, five reels, three or four bonus features, wild symbols, and some other special features like random drops and instant wins. But some people still prefer the old-school form of slot machines. The classic fruit machines would often feature three reels, sometimes venturing to five, boasting traditional symbols like sevens, bars, card suits, stars, and fruits like watermelons, cherries, and lemons.
Luckily, many online slot developers have recognised the peoples’ love of classic fruit machine gaming. In fact, over the last decade, some of the standout online slot games have been those reminiscent of fruit machines. Now, some online casinos now boast a fine selection of online fruit machines that deliver the nostalgia and simplicity of the classic standing game.
In 2010, NetEnt released Super Nudge 6000 to the virtual shelves of online casinos to offer a digital way to play fruit machines. Taking the form of one of the more advanced fruit machines with a bonus set of reels above the main game, the Super Nudge 6000 boasts orange, lemons, grapes, watermelons, bells, dollar signs, and lucky sevens. With medium volatility and a mighty 97.2 per cent RTP, Super Nudge delivers enough thrills to entice even the most modern online slot gamer.
In 2011 and 2014, NetEnt followed up on the success of the Super Nudge 6000 with Lucky 8 Line and Jackpot 6000, respectively. Lucky 8 Line, as the name infers, has eight paylines that span the square slot of three reels and three rows and boasts a very healthy 96.8 per cent RTP and medium volatility. Jackpot 6000, however, went above and beyond to deliver classic gaming with online slot win-potential. With three rows and five paylines, the fruit-laden Jackpot 6000 offers a 60,000-coin jackpot, high volatility, and a superbly lofty RTP percentage of 98.9.
More recently, Play’n Go has weighed in with its own rendition of the classic fruit machine online. On a sleek backdrop rather than the on-screen machines depicted in the NetEnt games, Play’n Go’s Fire Joker has loaded its three-by-three slot screen with Xs, cherries, lemons, grapes, plums, stars, bars, and sevens. To modernise the game slightly, the developers also included wild joker symbols, which can help to trigger the Wheel of Multipliers. The medium-volatility and 96.15 per cent RTP game is as simple and fun as the classics but boasts a welcome boost.
Most recently at the home of online fruit machines, Pragmatic Play has introduced its own classic-themed slot game. Released in June of this year, Triple Jokers went the route of card symbols rather than fruit symbols, as some of the old standing machines also did, rocking diamonds, clubs, hearts, and spades. Above those on the pay scale of this three-reel game are bars, bells, lucky sevens, and joker wilds. With a nice RTP of 96.51 per cent and high volatility, Triple Jokers has pleased many fans of old-school fruit machines.
Despite the grandeur of many of the newest online slot games, there is still an audience who wants the nostalgic feel and easy-going experience of classic fruit machines. Thanks to their support at online fruit machine sites, developers continue to create more games in this traditional theme.