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I was wondering if there is a list or database online of all the fruit machines produced in the UK in the 80s?

I know for classic video games there is the killer list of video games and for pinball there is ipdb.org but not sure if anything exists for fruit machines which lists all machines and has something all in one place.  Maybe because the other two sites are US based?

I'm trying to jog my memory to find info on some of the less well known machines from the early to mid 80s but can't find any central resource online.  I don't know which machines as I'd only remember when I saw a full list!

Any help greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Greg

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I've spent the last few days compiling a list as best as I can of all the 80s fruit machines I could find.   Without specific release dates, to try to keep to 80s, I've basically excluded anyt

Just flyer for Cash Climber and an advert for Instant Replay which was 82?

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hello greg, i would say no there isnt 

 

and if there is / was i am sure we would all like to see it asmuch as you would

 

stay safe

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i seem to remember seeing various lists from some of the many companies of the 80s on here 

 

see if you can find them the search facility on this forum at the moment is broken and corrupt and needs sorting 

 

good luck

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51 minutes ago, riche100 said:

hello greg, i would say no there isnt 

 

and if there is / was i am sure we would all like to see it asmuch as you would

 

stay safe

Thanks Richie.  I suspected as much but thought worth asking.  Shame no-one has taken the time to do this as would be a great resource for all.  In the same way it's a shame there's no books like you can get for videos or pinball on the classic fruits.

 

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4 hours ago, Robotgreg said:

Hi

I was wondering if there is a list or database online of all the fruit machines produced in the UK in the 80s?

I know for classic video games there is the killer list of video games and for pinball there is ipdb.org but not sure if anything exists for fruit machines which lists all machines and has something all in one place.  Maybe because the other two sites are US based?

I'm trying to jog my memory to find info on some of the less well known machines from the early to mid 80s but can't find any central resource online.  I don't know which machines as I'd only remember when I saw a full list!

Any help greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Greg

Such a list would be a great asset to the forum.  I hope one of our more experienced members will take on the task of collating the information, I'm sure many members would contribute bits of info would could gradually build into something approaching a definitive list.

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18 minutes ago, shirts_w said:

Such a list would be a great asset to the forum.  I hope one of our more experienced members will take on the task of collating the information, I'm sure many members would contribute bits of info would could gradually build into something approaching a definitive list.

Great idea.

Better start going in the backs of all

of our machines for delivery numbers and dates lol

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3 hours ago, niftynudger said:

There’s just no way man,to do barcrest,bell fruit,Jpm,and ace would be hard enough without the manufacturers help..never mind all the others.

So I take it you are not volunteering🤨

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3 hours ago, Line Up Chris said:

Great idea.

Better start going in the backs of all

of our machines for delivery numbers and dates lol

Chris, you've misunderstood me.  I just mean a summary to show manufacturer, title and ideally a few pics along with approx release dates even if only year .  Not serial nos for indiviidual machines etc. If you look at summaries on ipdb.org you'd get an idea of what could be done but I appreciate it would not be a quick and easy task nor would it be complete.  I would have thought with the knowledge on here and elsewhere amongst collectors, the info more or less exists to be 90% complete barring really rare/obscure stuff.

I'm a video game and pinball collector so I don't have the same level of knowledge or expertise as a lot of you on here but I did play the fruits a lot in the 80s and 90s to a lesser extent.

Just saying it would be a really cool resource but I do understand it would take a lot of effort to compile and require input from a wide range of people and sources.  I'm sure it could be done in theory if someone had the time and knowledge.

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would be interesting to see (at a glance) what new games were competing with each other in any given season, any year, from say 1975-95 (and older)

probably no more than about a dozen games in any year, from any one manufacturer (club machines and AWPs), for domestic market but be interesting to get input from members in mainland europe and beyond, on export games by british manufacturers (although some would be dual release, under different names on different stake etc.)

a comprehensive trade paper collection would be invaluable for dates (years of release) where jackpot values fall into the generally 3yr bands (JPM, Maygay and Summit Coin were pretty good for dating final inspection labels/plates, some of the others carried less info)

fairly big undertaking for any one person (to include all rebuilds) but yeah, could be done collectively, as a community effort

(would be nice to be able to customise how the info is presented, so you could search by year/manufacturer/jackpot/game type etc. and kinda wants to be clickable (linked), for purpose of adding in info like photos of machines/glass/flyers/adverts etc., which is prob not gonna work within confines of current forum thread pages)

maybe to start, a separate forum area and page (thread) for each manufacturer? (with person starting thread for that manufacturer undertaking to edit first post list as new info comes in subsequent posts, then discussion can run pages but list grows on first post of first page of that thread)

people could start dedicated year thread pages too, if for example they had a particular interest in a certain year and pull info from manufacturer lists into a year list ... just a thought

(pretty sure with the amount of games Nifty played in the 80's, if we could plug him in and download his memory banks we could have that decade pretty much sewn up in less than a week!)

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Be great to see I must admit,some manufacturers also liked to do the same machine with different names,bfm firecracker/fireball,maygay,superstars/double bonus,ace spellbound/flashback same game I think..and not sure where you would draw the line would you class say leisure games who used barcrest mpu’s but not there cabs as manufacturers or a conversion company.

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be good to include them all, test machines, rebuilds ...

would say if a custom cab used, like LG Big Apple etc., then a build, not a rebuild but anyone could start with a page for Leisure Games etc. and add info if known, like base machines used/'custom build', or notes like [clone/sister machine to ...]

 

R.V.Smith (Engineering) Ltd.

(1975-77) Blackjack (5p/50p tokens) (electro-mechanical, 240v) [5p/£1 tokens reglass]

(1978-80) Windfall (5p/£1 tokens) (electro-mechanical)

(1981-83) Star Queen (10p/£2 tokens)

 

would be a case of improving on accuracy as info comes to light

could also be a good way of highlighting games for which layouts don't exist/resources incomplete etc.

... different ROM revisions, wiring diagrams, flyers uploadable and easily found again when needed ...

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33 minutes ago, paulgee said:

be good to include them all, test machines, rebuilds ...

would say if a custom cab used, like LG Big Apple etc., then a build, not a rebuild but anyone could start with a page for Leisure Games etc. and add info if known, like base machines used/'custom build', or notes like [clone/sister machine to ...]

 

R.V.Smith (Engineering) Ltd.

(1975-77) Blackjack (5p/50p tokens) (electro-mechanical, 240v) [5p/£1 tokens reglass]

(1978-80) Windfall (5p/£1 tokens) (electro-mechanical)

(1981-83) Star Queen (10p/£2 tokens)

 

would be a case of improving on accuracy as info comes to light

could also be a good way of highlighting games for which layouts don't exist/resources incomplete etc.

... different ROM revisions, wiring diagrams, flyers uploadable and easily found again when needed ...

Your hired! When can you start Paul?

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1 hour ago, paulgee said:

be good to include them all, test machines, rebuilds ...

would say if a custom cab used, like LG Big Apple etc., then a build, not a rebuild but anyone could start with a page for Leisure Games etc. and add info if known, like base machines used/'custom build', or notes like [clone/sister machine to ...]

 

R.V.Smith (Engineering) Ltd.

(1975-77) Blackjack (5p/50p tokens) (electro-mechanical, 240v) [5p/£1 tokens reglass]

(1978-80) Windfall (5p/£1 tokens) (electro-mechanical)

(1981-83) Star Queen (10p/£2 tokens)

 

would be a case of improving on accuracy as info comes to light

could also be a good way of highlighting games for which layouts don't exist/resources incomplete etc.

... different ROM revisions, wiring diagrams, flyers uploadable and easily found again when needed ...

R V Smith had a lot to do with Sc1 and 2's as there were quite a few Galaxy's, Barcodes, Shoguns and other BellFruits that had their sticker on just above the cash door on the right, now that I am pretty certain of. Even their Pay Rises by Ace they didn't fix quite some time after others changed their chip/program, Paramount was like that too always last to change either line or Spot the Ball exploit. 

 

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1 hour ago, niftynudger said:

Your hired! When can you start Paul?

haha, you not getting off that easy!

not old enough to remember but like you, interested in the details

(would be happy to curate a page for Carfield/DN, Summit and aforementioned R.V.S. if it took off, maybe even Barcrest MPU1&2, if no one else up for it - maybe focus initially on periods of production for the bigger companies whose output spanned several decades, then compile master lists later?)

lot of the 70's rebuilds, is difficult to know who was behind them without names on glass but sometimes you can make an educated guess, like when a MAM Inn Play Lucky Stepper turned up recently, looks to be a sister machine to Pound Maker/Pound Stretcher - guess there might be a whole separate list for "currently unknown operators Bell-Fruit electro rebuilds" and the like

reckon there's members or folk around who have good knowledge/collections of some of the more obscure/less talked about games - this pic looked to have been taken in a row of similar machines

1909057172_Carfield2pGambler.jpg.7a876486c588205e2371a327f07b127c.jpg

know people have pulled images from ebay etc. for years, if they see something of personal interest - is a shame the gallery hasn't expanded as much as it could have done

maybe someone is already working on it, offline, who knows

 

1 hour ago, Big J said:

R V Smith had a lot to do with Sc1 and 2's as there were quite a few Galaxy's, Barcodes, Shoguns and other BellFruits that had their sticker on just above the cash door on the right, now that I am pretty certain of. Even their Pay Rises by Ace they didn't fix quite some time after others changed their chip/program, Paramount was like that too always last to change either line or Spot the Ball exploit.

just imagine the little nuggets of info and anecdotes that might pop up from time to time if we all got behind it

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1 hour ago, paulgee said:

haha, you not getting off that easy!

not old enough to remember but like you, interested in the details

(would be happy to curate a page for Carfield/DN, Summit and aforementioned R.V.S. if it took off, maybe even Barcrest MPU1&2, if no one else up for it - maybe focus initially on periods of production for the bigger companies whose output spanned several decades, then compile master lists later?)

lot of the 70's rebuilds, is difficult to know who was behind them without names on glass but sometimes you can make an educated guess, like when a MAM Inn Play Lucky Stepper turned up recently, looks to be a sister machine to Pound Maker/Pound Stretcher - guess there might be a whole separate list for "currently unknown operators Bell-Fruit electro rebuilds" and the like

reckon there's members or folk around who have good knowledge/collections of some of the more obscure/less talked about games - this pic looked to have been taken in a row of similar machines

1909057172_Carfield2pGambler.jpg.7a876486c588205e2371a327f07b127c.jpg

know people have pulled images from ebay etc. for years, if they see something of personal interest - is a shame the gallery hasn't expanded as much as it could have done

maybe someone is already working on it, offline, who knows

 

just imagine the little nuggets of info and anecdotes that might pop up from time to time if we all got behind it

Statto’s the boy mate he remembers machines barcrest etc forgot they made.

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