What is a ‘Credit Button’?
Credit buttons often appear in arcade games and are hit once a coin has been inserted in order to start play. Sometimes a player will get multiple credits for one coin and the button starts each new game after the final life has been lost. There are ways to add credit buttons to home arcade machines, so that coins do not need to be added. The credit button is also used as a term for the ‘start’ button on a slot machine like those found in pubs, arcades and casinos. Credit buttons may also feature in online gaming, as a way of depositing to an account or as a means of obtaining extra credits to play a game.
‘Credit Button’ Explained
Credit buttons exist on all kinds of payment machines, from parking meters to prepayment meters for electricity. They are also a big part of arcade slots games and video games. When payment has been made into a machine, the credit button is used to play each credit. Many games offer multiple credits for a single coin, such as five turns for a pound. Credits are played by pressing the button and when all credits have been used then play will end until more money is entered. Private owners of fruit machines and arcade game machines may rig their games with a home-built or shop-bought ‘credit button’. This modification can override the need for coin-based play and leave the game in free play – popular with gaming hobbyists who collect old machines.
Credit buttons might also be employed in online gaming for slot machines and other similar games. The credit button is used to spin the reels and give the player a chance to win. In this kind of game, credits will be used directly from the playing balance. Wins are based on the amount of credits per spin and multiplied based on the relevant symbol modifier.