Classic/Vintage Fruit Machines

Jd666

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i was half of uniongames and programmed all fruits about 20 in all.the red green and yellow game idea was
3 separate pure madnesses in one machine,each with its own percentage controller and pot. no-one really got the idea but it was a brilliant machine for sharking if you did as
one one game was usually reading for streaking if you knew the signs.

I used to confuse Union Games with Empire and Mazooma.
What were some of the other games, Im sure it will refresh my memory.

EDIT... Triple Madness I recall as well
 

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Our stuff was licenced to empire and most of their lo tech was based on our games,reflex did a version of triple madness which not successful.
Some of my games were fruit drop, select,crazy bingo,cakewalk, maygays monkey business,and astra,party popper .in the 80s I did firecracker and super nudge gambler for nobles.
 

slot_zombie

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anyone play the uniongames/maygay bingo machines,they are my little claim to fame we did the first successful £25 30p lo tech- pure madness.the maygay version was 25 carrot gold which gala took in big numbers. best machine was maygays ozzie ozzie ozzie which bell fruit copied and fucked up.being an ex fruity player i always tried to make sure that
the machines were fair to the player,they were always on a decent percentage and a little patience would always streak.
The machines nowdays are no fun even with all the bells and whistles,same story every time shove a ton in before you realise, you are hooked and if lucky you might get half back.

I remember Pure Madness well, hard to read and very rarely gave third hold for feature. Also found it difficult to streak them compared to crazy fruits. Maybe I was just catching them at the wrong time.
 

09237653

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My era of fruities having grown up in a seaside town was BWB, Barcrest (Mpu4/5), Maygay (m1a) , empire (mpu4/Impact) and JPM (Impact) games like Rollercoaster, Indiana Jones, Road Hog, Andy Capp, Haunted House, Monopoly, Donkey kong, Football fever, Kung Fu, Gladiators (plus hundreds more) usually 5p play £5 cash or £6 (token) jackpots.

A mate of mine has a JPM rollercoaster, love to go round his and rinse it, a lot of Jpms were made into rebuilds ie: empire games, so they are lost forever.

It all went downhill once they went over £8 jackpot, £10, £25 and these days they're all 30/50p play £75 or £100 jackpot or 10p/£5 for the kids, plus the arcades are filled with the newer B3 (random) ones like rainbow riches minimum £1 a spin :eek:
 

RichyJ75

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Woohoo, finally made it into town (Maidstone) without my missus and daughters. Had a few minutes spare, so popped into Reel Fruits with my boy (10 years old) and sampled the joys of the old/vintage fruit machines from my youth.

Oh boy, the memories came flooding back on some of those machines I used to play some 30 years back. So many machines I had forgotten about! Fantastic friendly staff in there - offering me a drink, gave me a couple of quid to play with and great conversation. The few quid I played in there lasted ages and so easy getting jackpots out! Ok, jackpots as in £5 and £8 a time!! Alas, I forgot that some of the older machines played with 20p tokens! First win of £3.60 (won within my first £1 of play!) was paid in tokens, but didn't matter.

I shall return for longer when time allows. Great bit of nostalgia and something I don't mind my boy playing as a few quid lasts for ages, unlike modern machines.

Anyone else local who has been here?
 

Mabby2000

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Our stuff was licenced to empire and most of their lo tech was based on our games,reflex did a version of triple madness which not successful.
Some of my games were fruit drop, select,crazy bingo,cakewalk, maygays monkey business,and astra,party popper .in the 80s I did firecracker and super nudge gambler for nobles.

I remember these fruits back in the day!
At the time I had the arcade, I bought maygay's monkey business rebuild kit along with thrills n spills,
They did well but the little 5mm wedge bulbs keeps blowing nearly every week! (Both on 10p play £8 cash jackpots.
 

Jd666

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Woohoo, finally made it into town (Maidstone) without my missus and daughters. Had a few minutes spare, so popped into Reel Fruits with my boy (10 years old) and sampled the joys of the old/vintage fruit machines from my youth.

Oh boy, the memories came flooding back on some of those machines I used to play some 30 years back. So many machines I had forgotten about! Fantastic friendly staff in there - offering me a drink, gave me a couple of quid to play with and great conversation. The few quid I played in there lasted ages and so easy getting jackpots out! Ok, jackpots as in £5 and £8 a time!! Alas, I forgot that some of the older machines played with 20p tokens! First win of £3.60 (won within my first £1 of play!) was paid in tokens, but didn't matter.

I shall return for longer when time allows. Great bit of nostalgia and something I don't mind my boy playing as a few quid lasts for ages, unlike modern machines.

Anyone else local who has been here?

Wish I lived near, would be in all the time lol.

Have you tried the new emulator, MFME5?
Fruites play great in it, you even get the spinning discs on Big Breakfast.
Even Partytime and Topslot is emulated on it

MFME5 Emulator here..
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Some fruities here..
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And some more here but you have to register on this to see the downloads, Partytime and Topslot on here..
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Partytime and Topslot are a bit more complicated to run as they are classed as 4 machines, so you have to have 4 of the emulators running at the same time

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Mabby2000

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Wish I lived near, would be in all the time lol.

Have you tried the new emulator, MFME5?
Fruites play great in it, you even get the spinning discs on Big Breakfast.
Even Partytime and Topslot is emulated on it

MFME5 Emulator here..
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Some fruities here..
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And some more here but you have to register on this to see the downloads, Partytime and Topslot on here..
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Partytime and Topslot are a bit more complicated to run as they are classed as 4 machines, so you have to have 4 of the emulators running at the same time

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I've tried downloading party time but had diffuilties to get em running!
Unless mfme5.1 made it easier?
 

Jd666

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I've tried downloading party time but had diffuilties to get em running!
Unless mfme5.1 made it easier?

I dont know, Im just running the emulator I posted the link to.
Do you have four of the emulators running, one for the top box and 3 for each of the base units?

There is something about having to put an IP address somewhere if they dont run properly, I had to do that to get them going.
Explained here for the classic layout of Partytime Arena, but still works for the other Astra multiplayers

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Woohoo, finally made it into town (Maidstone) without my missus and daughters. Had a few minutes spare, so popped into Reel Fruits with my boy (10 years old) and sampled the joys of the old/vintage fruit machines from my youth.

Oh boy, the memories came flooding back on some of those machines I used to play some 30 years back. So many machines I had forgotten about! Fantastic friendly staff in there - offering me a drink, gave me a couple of quid to play with and great conversation. The few quid I played in there lasted ages and so easy getting jackpots out! Ok, jackpots as in £5 and £8 a time!! Alas, I forgot that some of the older machines played with 20p tokens! First win of £3.60 (won within my first £1 of play!) was paid in tokens, but didn't matter.

I shall return for longer when time allows. Great bit of nostalgia and something I don't mind my boy playing as a few quid lasts for ages, unlike modern machines.

Anyone else local who has been here?


Remember well JPs paying out in tokens lol and how some shops (yup cafe bars etc ) would exchange them for cash but for a fee of 10% cheeky bas**(9sds :eek2::cool:

And they didn't care how old or "young" you were playing em. We used to go into local cafe after paper rounds and blow our brains out on the machine. Was a degenerate gambler then as am I now. But the T&s were easy to read then, and all were none bonus play :D
 

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I could have starred in a few of my own back in the day lol :p

Not a gadget in sight, just needed my provisions for the day, 20 Embassy No.1 and a pocket full of £1 coins for my 'start'

Regularly came home pissed and richer, oh the good old days!
 

trancemonkey

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I could have starred in a few of my own back in the day lol :p

Not a gadget in sight, just needed my provisions for the day, 20 Embassy No.1 and a pocket full of £1 coins for my 'start'

Regularly came home pissed and richer, oh the good old days!

Ahh the good old days - i used to make a good living out of the JPM machines (Red Arrow, etc... - All the ones that numbered, and then some)
Also, the Vivid method, the BFG emptiers, etc..
 

Jd666

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I still have fond memories of my first (token) emptier on Barcrest's Line Up.
Found it out by accident.
Used to go round the other MPU3 machines getting the cash out of them with my pocket full of tokens.

And then sussed an emptier out on a 2p £1.50 Jackpot machine haha
 

Jono777

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I was fortunate to be privy to lots of emptier's over the years, pity I didn't have the self control or common sense I have now back then.

Ace Coin £2.40 cash / £4.80 tokens, could empty and re-empty if refilled!

BWB, Reno Reels / Monte Carlo or Bust, totally empty every time!

777 Heaven, Jackpot 7's - could force hold on any win, Jackpots were easiest. - Voila Empty and plenty of tokens to play all day lol.

Great Escape, Italian Job, Refuse the 'Red' and force the streak, usually 4 x £15 JP's

Barcrest Up N Over, Lotta Luck, The Jackpoteer's - you little beauty could empty and had hopper key to see if it was worth our time too :p

Had a few others but these were the main bread winners :thumbsup:

Traveled pretty much the whole of the UK (major towns / cities) and had a great time, sometimes getting to stop in a nice BnB.

Had our gold mines (Chester was like walking down the street picking up a bank notes every 10-15 steps) and our more 'on top' areas where they'd phone from pub to pub "There's a strange pair of lads in town....." :p
 

trancemonkey

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I was fortunate to be privy to lots of emptier's over the years, pity I didn't have the self control or common sense I have now back then.

Ace Coin £2.40 cash / £4.80 tokens, could empty and re-empty if refilled!

BWB, Reno Reels / Monte Carlo or Bust, totally empty every time!

777 Heaven, Jackpot 7's - could force hold on any win, Jackpots were easiest. - Voila Empty and plenty of tokens to play all day lol.

Great Escape, Italian Job, Refuse the 'Red' and force the streak, usually 4 x £15 JP's

Barcrest Up N Over, Lotta Luck, The Jackpoteer's - you little beauty could empty and had hopper key to see if it was worth our time too :p

Had a few others but these were the main bread winners :thumbsup:

Traveled pretty much the whole of the UK (major towns / cities) and had a great time, sometimes getting to stop in a nice BnB.

Had our gold mines (Chester was like walking down the street picking up a bank notes every 10-15 steps) and our more 'on top' areas where they'd phone from pub to pub "There's a strange pair of lads in town....." :p

I've forgotten the Jackpoteers one... There's one still in a local arcade... Wonder if it still works... What was it?!

When I worked at Impulse we had a few on our games... Not emptied as such but manipulators. Although I did have an emptier on Spin 'n' Tonic.... But we didn't sell a huge amount of those...
 

Jono777

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I've forgotten the Jackpoteers one... There's one still in a local arcade... Wonder if it still works... What was it?!

When I worked at Impulse we had a few on our games... Not emptied as such but manipulators. Although I did have an emptier on Spin 'n' Tonic.... But we didn't sell a huge amount of those...

Me n a pal have emptied the one you speak of a handful of times lol.

Good while back now though.

Briefly it was refuse all wins until its 'buzzed up' 'Mystery ?' is rarely giving Game Over and giving good things and force the trail on RHS until it goes red/invincible.

Then refuse it, collecting a £1/£2 win.

Repeat this 4 times and take it into the Cash Streak on the 5th Invincible.

After the streak finished comes the decision making part lol.

If its still crazily buzzed up, can refuse another 1 or 2 Cash Streaks (this can be red/invincible or having the option to take 'Taxi' and put into centre)

After 2 refusals, take streak again.

If its showing slight signs of slowing, should still be good for a couple of JP's from nudge pot or Cash Climber on LHS :thumbsup:
 

nojoke

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I must be older than most people on here lol

I used to love playing this

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then along came this (with a few inbetween) I can still remember the reels on most of the old machines from this period :eek2:

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and this but with the big round buttons

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The 2 in the mid of top pic.
These were the best.

Early on the Barcrest machines had a jackpot which actualy paid a token that could be exchanged for ciggies.
At 8 years old i not only got addicted to fruity's but also to packets of Number 6 Plain..Cough cough.

At first we dicovered that you could flick 1p into the 5p slot and get a credit. A 2p would do the same in the 10p slot. eventualy the machine would start paying out in 2p's as the tube emptied of silver.

Then someone discovered that you prise open the slot for change with a pen knife. It would give 50p in 10ps.
A piece of fishing line or wire with a hook shape on the end inserted and pulled back would give 50p in 10ps until...The machine was empty.

The ones in our seaside arcades originaly had perspex fronts. You could place your knee into the perspex and stop the nudge reel from counting down. IE unlimited nudges. Once you nudged in the jackpot we would do the same for the 3 reels and , Well it was unlimited jackpots till the machine was empty.

I am not proud of myself, for sure, But as a child the temptation of easy money and ciggies was just too much. What a rascal eh.

I should'nt do so but i'm gonna,, I blame Billy Butlin ;)

Anyone remeber slots that paid out in "Green Shield" stamps ? Oh the good ole days.

:)
 
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