One of the best things about playing video online slots, as well as certain titles in other categories, is that their bonus features elevate them above the traditional gaming experience. When casino games first went online in the 90s, those features were kept quite basic, but what now awaits players more than two decades on is in a league of its own.
Keep reading and find out about the different slot bonus features that you could unleash with a spin of the reels.
Different Types of Wilds
Few players can resist a slot with a Wild symbol, especially if it is a special one. In most video and in some classic games, the icon, which is named after the Wild card, has two functions.
The one is to create its own winning combinations with like symbols that land. The other function is to help other symbols form winning combinations. In addition to substituting for other symbols, some also act as Multipliers. Walking Wilds move from one reel to another, while Frozen or Sticky Wilds remain in the same position for several spins. Expanded Wilds grow to fill the reel on which they land. Some Wilds even turn other symbols Wild.
How Scatters Work
Scatter symbols are called by that name because they can create winning combinations when they are scattered around the reels. They do not need to land on a payline on consecutive reels like other symbols.
As long as at least the minimum number required for a win land anywhere in view, they will pay out. In many online slots, landing 3 or more Scatters activates Free Spins.
Generous Free Spins
If you are lucky enough to trigger an online slot’s Free Spins round, you will receive a specified number of spins that will be played at the same bet that you placed on the triggering spin.
In some real money slots, the Free Spins usually boast an additional feature such as a randomly chosen Expanding symbol or a Multiplier for any winnings made during the round.
Triggered in various ways, depending on the slot, bonus mini-games can be as simple as picking several of the icons on screen to win coin payouts or Multipliers. They also could be as complex as a quest on which you must perform various tasks as you pass through stages.
Features like these give providers the chance to further integrate skills-base gaming and casino gaming. More and more games are starting to reflect the tastes of younger generations of players who were grew up playing video games.
Multipliers Make Bigger Payouts
Multipliers are usually shown as a number and a ‘x’, for example, 2x, 3, and 10x. Some are attached to a specific symbol and become active whenever that icon participates in a winning combination.
Others are connected to a specific stage in the game, such as Free Spins. Yet others you can activate by collecting a certain number of points or making another achievement. Multipliers can be applied to one or more payouts.