Vending machines are one of the many ways that the player can restore their health. Although vending machines were first seen as early as Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, interactive vending machines are found in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV. Getting a drink or a snack from a vending machine costs $1, similar to a street vendor. Like vendors, vending machines are not marked on the map as restaurants do.
With the advent of fully 3D environments in GTA III and GTA Vice City, vending machines were added as static, non-interactive props that decorate specific interiors in the game.
Vending machines in GTA III were originally designed with a red-and-white frontage and a "SODA" caption; while this clearly indicates it sells beverages, the vending machine also depicts a candy bar on the upper left corner that can be purchased for "50 cents", implying that it also offers snacks. The texture of this vending machines was eventually reused in functional vending machines in GTA San Andreas, with its mention of snacks still intact. GTA Vice City also features a redesigned vending machines bearing the Sprunk name, one of the first in the series to feature an in-universe brand name.
Non-interactive vending machines are further included in GTA Vice City Stories.
GTA San Andreas
In GTA San Andreas, the player is able to walk up to any vending machines that sells snacks or drinks to refill roughly 50% of the player's base health. The player may use a vending machine after walking close to one, prompting the game to produce a message that informs if the player wants to buy a snack or drink for $1. Like street vendors, purchasing and consuming anything from a vending machine will fully satisfy the player character's hunger, allowing him to go without food or drinks for another three days. Vending machines in the game come in two forms: Snack vending machines and drink vending machines.
After purchasing a snack from snack machine, the player may see the player character in an eating animation (although the player can't see what the player character is eating); for drink vending machines, the player character may be seen drinking from a Sprunk can, before discarding it onto the ground.
- The San Andreas Planning Department building.
- Inside the Jefferson Motel
- Inside all the 24/7 stores.
- In front of a gas station in Idlewood.
- In front of the Ten Green Bottles bar in Ganton.
- In the train station in Doherty across from the Doherty Garage.
- Inside all the 24/7 stores.
- Unity Station.
In GTA IV, the player can also restore portions of their health by feeding $1 into any Sprunk or eCola vending machine. The player character will pick up the can, drink it then throw it on the ground.
Although snack vending machines do appear in Grand Theft Auto IV, they are not interactive to the player. Similarly, coffee machines debut in the game, particularly appearing within the interiors of the Schottler Medical Center and Westdyke Memorial Hospital, but are once again non-interactive.