Homage to the Fruit Machine

11 April 2017

Today’s video slots come in an incredible variety of themes and styles, to the point that some are barely recognizable as reel-based games. But, despite this, some of the most popular slots are still those that keep close to their fruit machine roots.
One of the most popular fruit machine style slots at EnergyCasino is Twin Spin, from NetEnt, and it’s not hard to see why. Though the symbols are entirely traditional – cherries, bells, bar, sevens, diamonds e.t.c. – the novel replicating reels feature means each time you spin you’ll have at least two matching reels, but they can expand to cover up to five. However, after playing Twin Spin for a little while, you’ll see that the real magic is in the visuals, particularly in terms of the atmospheric lighting effects. Though it’s all presented on a screen, the NetEnt developers have managed to transport the player right back to a real-world arcade circa 1985!

Another video slot that mimics the real-life fruit machines of days gone is Sizzling Hot Deluxe, by Novomatic. With extremely simple, bold graphics and classic fruit symbols, this game feels like it should be standing in the corner of your favourite pub. Taking things further, at EnergyCasino you can also play Sizzling Hot Quattro – in which you play four Sizzling Hot games at once – or Sizzling 6, Sizzling Gems, and Sizzling Hot 6 Extra Gold. In a similar vein, are the Stunning Hot series from BF Games; Stunning Hot, Stunning Hot 20 Deluxe, and Stunning 27 – all using traditional symbols, though more contemporary backgrounds.

If you’re looking for something a bit more ‘vintage’ in feel, then check out Roaring Forties, again from Novomatic. Everything on the screen exudes 1940’s charm – the style of the fruit symbols, the colours, the typography, right down to the textures on the actual reels! Of course, in the 1940’s playing a fruit machine on a computer or smartphone would have been inconceivable, but this doesn’t make it any less authentic feeling!

For a bit of traditional ‘one armed bandit’ action you can hop in the EnergyCasino time machine, set the dial to 1965, and head down to the Las Vegas strip with Vegas Hot, from Wazdan. With just three reels and the standard fruits, bells and bars, this game keeps things old school – though, being a video slot, there are features like multipliers. Again, this is a slot that you’ll want to keep playing mainly for the authentic vintage atmosphere. And, if you like Vegas Hot, you’ll probably also want to check out Arcade – another three reel vintage Las Vegas themed fruit slot from Wazdan. Some players may be put off by the seemingly basic graphics at first glance, but give it a bit of time and you’ll realise that it’s actually extremely sophisticated and effective, if subtle, period theming.

Maybe it’s because so many slots are getting quite advanced, loaded with extras and featuring video clips – moving into video game territory you could say – that so many players are finding something fulfilling in going back to games that strip things down to core gameplay. Whatever the reason, we think it’s fantastic that there’s still such a demand for games that keep things ‘reel’, if you’ll forgive the pun! So, next time you’re at EnergyCasino and feel like a spin, maybe you’ll consider taking a trip back in time, and paying homage to the games that started it all…

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