The History of Fruit Machines should not be confused with the History of Slots Machines, remember a fruit machine is a type of slot machine they are not the same thing. But the Fruit Machine is somthing that evloved out of Slot Machines, so let the story begin.
It's a well known fact that Charles Fey designed the first slot machine, but he should also receive credit at least for the idea of the Fruit Machine. It was after all he that started the craze that spread to the UK and other parts of the world in the form of the Fruit Machine.
In the early 1900's the popularity of the Slot Machine was in full swing. The games design was simple with limited symbols. Mostly the symbols were fruit, bars and the 7 were eventually added for variety. Almost from the time of it's inception, there has been some sort of regulation attached to the games. It was not until in Britain in the mid 1960's that the law makers deemed that in order for there to be a prize there must be an eliment of skill for the games to be legal. So in the UK as long as the game required a minimal skill to win, then payout's could be made.
Fruit Machines have been a major cultural fixture in the UK as their presence in the local pubs, amusement arcades and other high traffic locations have been very common place sine the 1960's. In the amusement arcades, their presence quite regularly overwhelmed the presence of other game types as people flocked to try their skill and luck at the prizes offered on the Fruit Machines. As popular as the games are and given the sheer numbers of locations you can find them, they are not, however, found in the casinos. The casinos in the UK have slot machines just like any other casino in the world.
The very first Fruit Machines did not pay out any cash at all, the player would put money in but the prizes could be anything, typically prizes included cigerrets and drinks
In 2007, Fruit Machines found their niche online and the top online casinos began releasing their versions of these games to their players. At once, they became a nearly phenomenal hit and their popularity is still growing. Now it's easy to find Fruit Machines at many of the online casinos and more are being readied for release.
With more and more people becoming familiar with how to play Fruit Machines and the enjoyment they get from them, online casinos are making absolutely sure that they have a variety of games readily available.