Hello all. I'm from Sydney Australia and over here our slot machinea / fruit machines are called poker machines, derived from the old Poker Card machine emulation - we commonly just call them 'pokies'.
Anyway, Australia is a serious problem gambling nation. We have more slot machines in New South Wales per head than Vegas does - which is downright scary. The government makes a fortune in taxes and the pubs and clubs here have rows upon rows of the damn things making so much money they're turning into mini casinos.
Anyway, with politics aside, I want to discuss emulation of the Australian slot machines. Most of them are made by a company called Aristocrat and whilst the blighters are really bandits in machine disguise, fact is their games are so well designed and fun, they're played almost everywhere. The biggest problem with Australian law is that we cannot actually BUY one of these machines for use at home unless we have a gaming machine licence (reserved for pubs, clubs and casinos only) so most of our old machines actually end up going overseas instea (much to the angst of the average Aussie!)
As such, it's something of a holy grail to have the slot machines from Australia out there on the emulation circuit for play on the PC.
A couple years back, someone internal to Aristocrat sneaked out and spread 4 of their best slot machines on the internet (and god bless him too!!!).
This was actually the diagnostic and testing software for the machines and is a 100% authentic replication of the Aristocrat machines themselves. It's essentially an emulator along with the actual rom dumps from the machines themselves - it works just like MAME would on your PC.
They are :
Now these 'emulators' are the real deal and you can download them with your favourite torrent program right here!
Now the HARD part is in finding any more of these out there on the web. Trust me, many have tried and although there's 'hints' out there of some floating about, I haven't been able to find any as yet.
One of the most sought after is this one :
So download these 4 and take a look and see what the Aussies play (and those in the USA as well from what I hear, the Aus machines are very popular there too!).
If ANYONE has any more of these machines out there - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post up links to it here. PM me if you have them and don't want to upload and I'll do it for you.
Australian Fruit Machine Emulation is a big big area I reckon you could work on because we've just got so many of them and they're all great!!!
People are even posting up their wins on these machines on You Tube - these shots are often NOT taken from Casinos, but pubs and clubs so you can see what I am talking about!!!!