Wild Symbol: Expanding, Stacked, Sticky, Shifting, Multiplier + Slots List
Wild symbol in online slots has become an inherent part of it as it gets implemented almost in every online casino slot in one or another way.
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What is Wild symbol in online casino slot and why it’s so cool
Wild symbol substitutes other paying symbols of the video slot. If you are missing one symbol in order to get paying combination then Wild symbol comes to help you. You can think of it as a “Joker” card in some card games.
It sounds awesome, and, actually, it is. However, there are some limitations to wild symbol magic:
wild symbol can’t substitute Scatter symbol (I have never come across such slots)
wild symbol, in the majority of online slots, can't substitute Free spins symbol and Bonus game symbol as well
in some slots wild symbols can appear only on certain reels (for example, only on reel 2 and 4), though another part of online slots doesn’t have such restrictions
Other great feature of wild symbol that it is usually the highest paying symbol in an online slot. Hence, getting wild symbols itself on any paying line is going to replenish your balance significantly.
Wild symbol is easy to tell from other symbols of the online slot. It practically always has an inscription on it which, as you may have guessed, says “Wild”. Sometimes, in addition to it, comes a depiction of something (depends on the theme of a particular online slot), but in many cases, it does not.
Regular Wild symbol
Nothing special can be said about it. Regular Wild symbol only substitutes other symbols and that is basically all that it does. However, maybe some of you is going to find it helpful to see its picture.
Expanding Wild symbol
If you hit one wild symbol, it expands on the whole reel and takes up the whole space of the reel. Since wild symbol substitutes most of other symbols, it substantially increases the probability of hitting some paying combination.
There could be some rules, which vary from one slot to another:
the only appearance on particular reel triggers Wild symbol’s expansion
sometimes the position of wild symbol on the reel also matters (for example, only appearing in the middle of the reel makes it happen)
it could expand not only within one reel but in adjacent reels also
Stacked Wild Symbol
It is similar to Expanding Wild symbol with the only one difference. The stacked Wild symbol doesn’t expand on the whole reel. Instead, it spreads itself only either to the top or to the bottom cell or number of cells (certain rules depends on the particular online slot).
In terms of the other characteristics, it works exactly the same as Expanding Wild symbol does.
Sticky Wild symbol
Sticky Wild symbol stays on the reel for the next round of the game (or, in some cases, for a few next rounds of the game).
In the process it could expand on the whole reel (Expanding Wild symbol), expand only in one direction (Stacked Wild Symbol) or remains the same size as it was before.
Therefore, Wild symbol can be both Sticky and Expanding (or Sticky and Stacked) at the same time.
Shifting (Moving) Wild symbol
The same concept as with Sticky Wild symbol is applied here. The only difference that Shifting Wild symbols changes its position on the reel during the following spins (rounds of the game).
It can follow a large number of patterns which is limited only by the imagination of the designer of this slot.
Multiplier Wild Symbol
And last but not least comes Multiplier Wild Symbol. As the name suggests it multiplies your winning if the Multiplier Wild symbol was involved in it.
Multiplier can be 2x or bigger size, as you have heard many times in this article it depends on a particular online slot.
How to find out about Wild symbol in a particular slot
As you can see there are many types of Wild symbols. Moreover, in one particular online slot, a few of them can be implemented simultaneously.
The best way not to get lost in such intricacies is to come straight to the info section of the online slot. Here, all the information can be found easily.
Spending just 1 minute of your time won’t left any questions unanswered regarding wild symbol appearance, on which reels they can be displayed, in which direction they expand and much more.
The last thing I would like to say that the diversity of Wild symbol types doesn’t boil down to these 5 kinds. As I have mentioned in a section devoted to Sticky Wild symbol, Wild symbol could be Sticky and Expanding at the same time.
The same is true for some other types of Wild symbol. As an example, Expanding, Stacked, Sticky or Shifting Wild symbol can be the Multiplier as well.
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