General Slot Features
Slots are one of the most famous casino games of all and they owe their popularity to the fact that they are very simple and easy to learn. The various themes upon which they are based make them interesting enough to keep the players’ interest intact. The various features that remain same throughout all slots are discussed below:
1. Wild Symbol
Wild Symbols are similar to the concept of ‘wild cards'; they can substitute for many other symbols on a slot machine and thus increase your chances of winning. Wild symbols occasionally carry a multiplier as well, so when it is used in a winning combination your winnings are even higher. To find out the details of which symbols the wild replaces as well as if it functions as a multiplier, you can check the paytable.
2. Scatter Symbol
The scatter is so named because it can be ‘scattered’ across the reels; that is, it does not have to appear on a payline for you to receive the payout associated with it. All you need to do is spin an adequate number of scatters and you’ll win. The scatter is commonly used to trigger other features like free spins or the bonus games.
3. Free Spins
The free spins feature is one of the most coveted; as the name suggests, the reels spin for a certain number of rounds and you don’t have to pay for them. They generally play out at the coin level used when the feature was triggered, and you get to collect the payout.
4. Bonus Games
Bonus games in slot machines are the most eagerly-awaited and anticipated feature of all. This is not only because they are the most lucrative part of the game, but also because they are the most sophisticated and best-designed aspect of the slot machine. They completely embody the theme upon which the slots have been designed, for instance if a slot has football as its theme, the bonus game might be based on a football ground where the player has to kick the ball in the net to earn points.
The triggers for bonus games varies from slot to slot. Occasionally it might just be a combination of bonus symbols that appear on an active payline, although sometimes the bonus games might be triggered randomly.