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Wild Symbols In Online Casino Slot Games

By: Fabian Rictor, Thursday July 9th 2009
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Simply stated a wild symbol is one that can substitute for any other symbol in order to complete a winning combination. It is for this reason that a wild symbol is also known as a substitute symbol. The usefulness of a wild symbol in online slot games is apparent. When a wild symbol appears on the reels the chances of payouts increase significantly.

Online slot games have special themes. Since the wild symbol is the most important symbol it is usually chosen to display a key aspect of the theme. For example in the slot game T-Rex, the T-Rex is the wild symbol. Of late there is a tendency to have a logo of the slot game as the wild symbol. In the recently released Summer Holiday, the Summer Holiday logo is the wild symbol. Another way in which importance is accorded to the wild symbol is that five wild symbols in an enabled payline usually offer the largest fixed jackpot.

T-Rex Wild Symbol Preview

In many online slot games the wild symbol is also a multiplier. When a wild symbol is used to complete a winning combination it multiplies the payout for that combination. In the T-Rex slot game referred to above, the T-Rex symbol doubles the payouts. In this game five Stegosaurus symbols in an enabled payline pay out 5,000 coins. However if instead there are four Stegosaurus symbols and one T-Rex symbol in an enabled payline then the payout becomes 10,000 coins. In many slot games the multiplier quantum is fixed. This implies that the wild symbol will multiply the payouts by a fixed amount no matter how many wild symbols are used to complete the winning combination. In other games the multiplier is dependent on the number of wild symbols that appeared in the winning combination.

In contemporary slot games the wild symbols have been made more exciting by creating different kinds of wild symbols. The most common type is the stacked wild symbol. When stacked wild symbols appear then all the symbols in each reel are wild symbols. The wild symbols in Summer Holiday have this property. When stacked wild symbols appear in reels 1 or 2 huge payouts result because a large number of different winning combinations are simultaneously hit.

Another form of wild symbols is the expanding wild symbol. In this case too the entire reel is covered with a wild symbol. But the symbol does not appear as separate symbols in each row as in the case of the stacked wild. The symbol expands to cover the entire reel as one symbol. The dancing girl expanding to fill all four rows of a reel in Samba Nights is an example.

Exploding wilds is perhaps the latest type of wild symbols. In this case other symbols are randomly converted into wild symbols for a given spin only. In Call of Duty 4 this conversion is accompanied by an explosion on the screen and therefore the name. The T-Rex slot game also has this type of conversion, but in a different way. During the free spins the T-Rex eats all the other dinosaurs on the reels, converting them to T-Rex symbols.

Wild symbols are used in many slot games to trigger the bonus game on the second screen, which is a theme based game that provides players with extra credits.

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Comment by: Andy B. On: December 03, 2009
I'm a fan of any symbol within a slot game that alters the way that slots are traditionally played. Having some change in games that are otherwise very much the same really helps to make games interesting and fun to play for longer periods of time.
Comment by: Sharon Wallace On: October 31, 2009
Definitely wild symbols make up so much of a game but all features together and the overall experience of the game need to be taken into consideration when considering whether the game is good or not!
Comment by: Kenny Curron On: October 30, 2009
There are some concepts with wild symbols that have been proven to work well with land based casinos that haven't been tried yet or tried but not really implemented all that properly. I think that online casino games are definitely evolving though and that we'll start seeing more and more elaborate wild features and other sorts of features in online casino games for the years to come.
Comment by: Judith L. On: October 19, 2009
I like these RTG games like T-Rex and most of their new online slots games that they've been releasing as they all seem to have wild symbols that come out of their frame and animate outside of the boundaries of the symbol itself very neat if you ask me. Also I've seen a lot of cases recently where they do some pretty neat stuff with the stacked wild symbols and expanding wilds as well!
Comment by: Richards On: October 06, 2009
Expanding wilds and stacked wild symbols are great especially if you have them on multiple reels. Also just plain multipliers in addition to either of the other kinds of multipliers makes playing online casino games that much more fun!
Comment by: Kate On: September 17, 2009
Of all the features and variations of slots out there that are available I really have to say that my favorite feature has to be a simple wild or expanding wild. I do love free spins but in the main game I think that wilds are the most effective way to keep people interested in playing. The idea behind wilds it to complete combinations that could not otherwise be completed.
Comment by: Cynthia On: August 31, 2009
I'm with you guys on this one wild symbols really do make playing slots games more interesting. Sometimes when you don't think you won you actually do because of a wild substitute, expanding wild or stacked wild. I really like all three of these. I'm also a fan like some of you of wilds that carry multipliers it's always nice when your win get's multiplied.
Comment by: Karon Spence On: August 19, 2009
I too love wilds in slots games even if a game isn't overly feature rich a slot can still be deemed a good game if it just features a wild or better yet expanding wild or expanding wild with a multiplier. I think that some of these features like wilds really make a big difference in enhancing the gaming experience.
Comment by: Lilly Benson On: August 17, 2009
I love wilds whether they be simply wild substitutes, wild with multipliers, expanding wilds. I think the concept of the wild symbol adds a lot to slots games making them far more exciting to play and also easier to win at. Sometimes it's difficult to get straight line win combination's and with wilds that you can complete combination's to produce wins making it easier.
Comment by: Channy On: July 27, 2009
Hey guys... yeah I too am a big fan of wilds I like the expanding wilds myself and especially when they can be found on multiple reels. Especially if they have a multiplier applied to them I'm in agreement with you guys on the wilds with the multipliers here.
Comment by: Kerry Bonnenstien On: July 23, 2009
I agree wild symbols with multipliers, stacked or expanding wilds or a combination of either with multipliers make playing slots that do have wilds very exciting and can definitely lead to some pretty impressive wins.

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