Understanding Online Slots Symbols

Understanding Online Slots Symbols

JackpotCity has many online slots of all types and themes that feature all sorts of symbols. They are no longer simply there to line up matching combinations for payouts as they have different functions and roles to play.

To have a better understanding of what role certain symbols play, getting better acquainted with them is key. Visually they may appear differently on every online slot but they do ultimately function the same.

Win with Wilds

Wild symbols are common to online slots. The role of the wild is to substitute other symbols, most often standard paying ones, if a winning combination can be formed. This means it must land adjacent to at least two matching symbols where it will stand in as the missing symbol.

Wilds may act as multipliers, increasing the wins they are involved in, but an online slot may rather use a multiplier symbol for this function. Special wild symbols exist and include:

  • Expanding wilds that cover the entire reel they land on.
  • Stacked wilds that result in one or more positions on the specific reel becoming wild.
  • Sticky wilds remain in position for a specific duration, often for a free re-spin.
  • Shifting wilds remain on the reels, perhaps for a bonus round, but move position after every spin occurs.
  • Trailing or Spreading wilds turn all adjacent symbols wild.
  • Transferring or Nudging wilds result in wilds transferring to alternative reels while remaining in their initial position.

Bonus Symbols

There are special symbols involved in triggering various bonus game features. These include scatters, free spins and bonus symbols.

Scatter symbols are commonly found and are those that count regardless of what positions they land in. Generally a scatter win is paid out when at least two are present and three or more are typically what is required to trigger a bonus game such as free spins.

Free spins symbols are used to trigger free spins bonus games. There is usually a minimum limit or specific reels they must land on.

Bonus symbols trigger bonus features. These symbols have varied ways to trigger all types of bonus games. It is best to find out exactly what is required of this symbol for the specific online slot played.

When an online slot at JackpotCity refers to symbols as standard symbols they are referring to the symbols that pay out for matching combinations and do not have special functions.