Barcrest Hi-Lights MPU2 Fruit Machine

The Hi-Lights fruit machine that was another of the many all-time classic fruit machines that Barcrest launched in the 1980’s and it was in fact one of the last of their machines that used their MPU2 microprocessor which was soon to be replaced with their, at the time, all singing and all dancing MPU3 microprocessor.

Set on stakes of 10p per play, it was released at a time when the laws surrounding fruit machines stakes stated that no machine could pay-out more than £2 as the jackpot, and all winning pay-outs achieved valued at over £1 had to be paid in tokens instead of cash.

The start buttons, of which there were two on this fruit machine were located on the sides of the machines, so the Barcrest fruit machine designers had taken into account that some players were left-handed which was quite novel at the time, having two start buttons.

Just one pay-line could be activated when playing this machine, and whenever a player did spin in a winning combination, other than the jackpot paying one, they could gamble that winning pay-out by clicking onto the gamble button.

Nudges could also be awarded on the Hi-Lights fruit machine, and it was in a fairly new way at the time, that being by players needing to spin in numbers printed alongside some reel symbols and spinning in numbers adding up to 6 or more would award a set of nudges.

The nudges could also be gambled by players to try and achieve a higher number of them however if a player lost the gamble when gambling their nudges, they would be awarded 10p as a consolation pay-out. Being an older fruit machine the coin mechs were the S1 variety, and as such many fruit machine scamsters did have a ball strimming free credits onto that fruit machine.

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