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Wild Symbols, Scatter Symbols & Other Bonus Symbols Explained

August 3, 2015
Wild Symbols, Scatter Symbols & Other Bonus Symbols Explained

Online slot machines today tend to have regular symbols that will pay some kind of line win when three or more show up in consecutive order across the reels (usually from left to right, but not always). You will also now find that most of today’s best slot machines also have Wild Symbols, Scatter Symbols and/or Bonus Symbols.

These special symbols all perform slightly different actions and you can even now find multiple variations of these symbols. The Wild Symbols’ main function is to help generate new line wins that otherwise weren’t there. They will substitute all or most of the other symbols on the reels to help create new line wins.

The only symbols that the Wild Symbols don’t generally have the power to substitute are the Scatter Symbols and the Bonus Symbols. On some slots you will also find that the Wild Symbols will not substitute the Jackpot Symbols. Regular Wild Symbols are the simplest form of the Wild Symbol and these generally just cover one symbol position on the reels.

You can also now find dozens of Wild Symbol variations and these can cover entire reels from top to bottom. Other Wild Symbols to keep an eye out for when playing on slot machines from companies such as Microgaming, Playtech, Betsoft Gaming, NextGen Gaming, NetEnt, IGT Interactive, WMS Gaming and Realtime Gaming include Random Wild Symbols, Multiplying Wild Symbols, Grouped/Stacked Wild Symbols and Brilliant Wild Symbols.

Also keep an eye out for Frozen Wild Symbols, Magnetic Wild Symbols, Locked Wild Symbols, Soaring Wild Symbols, Trailing Wild Symbols, Special Wild Symbols, Split Wild Symbols, Heat Seeking Wild Symbols, Expanding Wild Symbols and Sticky Wild Symbols, plus several other variations. The Scatter Symbols on most slot machines generally award some kind of guaranteed cash prize when two or more show up anywhere in view and the Free Spins Bonus will usually trigger when three or more show up in any position across the reels.

When the Bonus Symbols show up on the reels an entertaining second screen bonus round will usually trigger. These Symbols may have to land on the two outer reels for the bonus to trigger. Alternatively they may have to land anywhere in view or perhaps along one of the paylines on reels 1, 2 and 3. The way in which the bonus rounds trigger will vary a great deal from one online slot to the next.