Scatter Symbols and Online Slot Bonus Features
When it comes to casino games, slots are without a doubt the most popular type of casino game in any land based or online casino. As opposed to card or table games, slots are easy to play, are entertaining and offer huge payouts without the need for complicated strategies or years of experience. At online casinos, video slots draw the most players. Video slots are themed slots and include high quality graphics, animation and sound effects to increase the overall experience. For most players though, the biggest benefit of playing video slots is for the Scatter symbols, Wild symbol and bonus features.
What are Bonus Symbols?
If you are new to the world of online slots, you may be wondering what exactly are Wild symbols, Scatters or bonus features. In order to make the game more interesting and provide more ways to win, game developers have introduced special bonus features built into the slot itself. These bonus features are usually themed and are designed to blend into the overall theme and style of the slot itself. Most slot games will have two main types of bonus features, namely Wild symbols and Scatter symbols. More modern slots also include many other bonus features like stacked symbols, frozen symbols, collapsing symbols and interactive bonus round.
The Role of Wilds
The most popular type of bonus feature found in almost every modern video slot game is the Wild symbol. The Wild symbol is unique in that it can be used to substitute for any other standard game symbol in order to form a winning combination on an active payline. In most cases the Wild cannot substitute for Scatter symbols or bonus symbols. Sometimes Wild symbols can also act as a multiplier when used to complete a winning combination. Depending on the symbol itself, some Wilds can double or even triple any line win.
Scatters as Bet Multipliers
With online video slots, Scatter symbols generally play two roles. First of all, Scatters can pay out in any position on the reels. This means that players do not necessarily have to land a Scatter on a payline for it to produce a win. Scatters also act as bet multipliers. Depending on the number of Scatters landed on the reels, these bet multipliers can increase with every Scatter landed. In some cases, landing all five across the reels can awarded players with a win of up to 500x their total bet stake.
Triggering the Free Spins Bonus Round
As well as being able to pay out in any position and being a bet multiplier, Scatter symbols are also used as a trigger for bonus rounds. The most common bonus round that can be triggered with a Scatter is the free spins bonus. To trigger a free spins bonus round in an online slot, players must land three or more Scatters anywhere on the reels. Most of the time, the more Scatters that trigger the round, the more free spins are awarded. For example, 3 Scatters could award 10 free spins, 4 scatters could award 50 free spins and all five scatters could award up to 100 free spins.