Every month there are new, exciting online slot machines with constantly improving and advanced features that take the entertainment at Mr Green to a new level. Although there are some unique features, they are based on the same types of symbols. This makes it easy for you to understand the new games, as long as you know about the different types of symbols.
In this article we will therefore devote a lot of time to the different types of symbols that you will encounter in most slots. Here you can find out everything about winning standard symbols, wild symbols that can substitute for other symbols, scatter symbols that trigger exciting free spin modes, and bonus symbols that allow you to enjoy entertaining bonus games in which, as a rule, the greatest profits are waiting for you.
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The simplest symbols on a slot machine are those that pay you winnings when several of them appear on a payline. In modern slots, card symbols are often used to represent the smallest possible winning opportunities. There are, for example, ace (A), king (K), queen (Q), jack (J), ten (10) and nine (9), or the four suits of cards are used – hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs. In retro and classic slot machines, however, the symbols with smaller winnings are often represented by fruits. These include cherries, oranges, melons, lemons and grapes, among others.
In addition to the symbols for moderate winnings, you will find symbols with far more generous payouts on slot machines. With retro and classic slot machines, these are often a seven, diamond, bell and a so-called BAR symbol. In modern video slots, on the other hand, the symbols vary much more from game to game and are very dependent on the motto of the slot. For example, if you’re playing an underwater themed slot, the higher paying symbols could be colorful fish, sunken ships and treasure chests, or something else that goes wonderfully with the theme. The less well-paying symbols, such as hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades, are also adapted to the motto and are individually designed.
Standard symbols indicate that they do not trigger any further features or functions apart from a profit distribution. If enough of them appear in a row or payline, then you get a payout and you continue with the next spin. Sometimes two symbols lined up in a row on a payline are enough, usually there are at least three that are required. Usually a win can only be shaped from left to right. However, there are exceptions and slot machines also grant winnings from right to left. We think of Starburst, for example, a very popular game that pays off on both sides. In addition, you will come across slots where there are no paylines at all. In order to get winnings there, you have to get enough symbols in a certain pattern.
In addition to standard symbols, wild symbols are one of the most common symbols in slot machines. You will not come across them in every slot machine, but they are always represented in the repertoire, especially with modern video slots. The wild symbol can substitute for other symbols in the game if it can be used to shape winnings. For example, if a card symbol such as the ace (A) appears on the first and third reels, while the second reel is a wild symbol, the wild now represents another ace (A) and thus forms a profit distribution for three aces, provided the symbols are now lined up on a payline. Normally the wild symbol only replaces standard symbols, but in some slots other symbols can also be substituted.
Video slots are constantly evolving and it’s no surprise that there are now many different types of wild symbols. You will encounter walking wilds, expanding wilds, or multiplier wilds.
When a moving symbol appears on the reels, it initially remains in its position and then moves one square in a certain direction with each subsequent spin. Depending on the slot, the game will move one position to the left, right, up or down. This is repeated until the game wanders off the rollers.
Expanding Wild symbols take up positions on the entire reel they appear on, while multiplying Wilds add to the win on their respective payline. For example, your win could be multiplied by 3x if a multiplying wild is part of a winning combination. In some cases, wilds even have multiple functions and, for example, can be both migratory and multiplying.
In addition to the wilds mentioned above, you will encounter other types of wilds, but these are mostly special symbols that only appear during free spin modes or bonus games.
The scatter symbols, which are among the best and most sought-after symbols, usually have two functions. On the one hand, just like standard symbols, they pay out a profit that can be very lucrative in itself. The symbol does not appear on the reels as often as other symbols in the game, but with many slots you do not have to appear on a payline, it is sufficient if you can be seen anywhere on the reels.
But that’s not all. The fun with this special symbol is just beginning. On the other hand, scatter symbols trigger special features if enough of them appear on the reels.
Usually this is a free spins mode. Usually three symbols are enough to trigger the feature. However, more symbols are usually desirable because they improve the feature or last longer. For example, three scatter symbols could trigger 10 free spins with a 3x multiplier, while four scatter symbols could trigger 15 free spins with a 4x multiplier.
A scatter symbol can also trigger something other than free spins. Usually, however, there is another, special symbol – the bonus symbol – which you can read more about in the next section.
Just like the scatter, the bonus symbol is just as popular on slot machines as it triggers a kind of bonus game. Big wins are usually waiting for you there. These symbols are few and far between in retro and classic types of slot machines, while they appear very frequently in modern video slots. Thanks to the constant further development of slots, these bonus games are now extremely entertaining and are creatively integrated into the motto of the game.
Unlike the scatter, the bonus symbol does not pay out a profit if several of them appear. In addition, no more symbols can appear than are necessary to activate the bonus game. Of course there are exceptions. With some slots it is possible to get a bonus symbol on all five reels, although three are already enough to start the bonus game and the two other symbols make no difference.
With some slot machines the bonus symbol must appear in a row from left to right on an active payline, while with other slots it doesn’t matter where they appear and the bonus game is triggered anyway. Sometimes the symbol can only appear on a certain reel, for example, on the first, third and fifth.
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When visiting a slot for the first time, it is always a good idea to find out about the different types of symbols in the game and how they work. This way you avoid disappointment. For example, if a bonus game does not trigger even though you had bonus symbols on positions where the bonus game was triggered in another game. It is also much more fun to follow the action on the reels when you know how much a particular symbol pays out and how to activate the bonus game or free spins mode. You then know exactly when something big could be imminent and anticipation is known to be the greatest joy.
As mentioned earlier, most slot machines have the same types of symbols. Once you know your way around, it doesn’t take much effort to find out about the symbols on a new slot machine. We therefore recommend that you take the few seconds to find out about the symbols in the game before the first spin. We promise the big wins are waiting for you and then all the more fun!