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Wild Symbols and Scatter Symbols Explained

Publishing: June 17, 2015

The sole purpose of a Wild Symbol is to substitute other symbols on the reels to hopefully generate new winning combinations of symbols and the only symbols that these Wild Symbols will usually not substitute are the Scatter Symbols and/or Bonus Symbols. Three or more Scatter Symbols will usually trigger a Scatter Win and/or a Free Spins Bonus and the Bonus Symbols can often trigger a second screen Bonus Round.

Back in the day (pre-2005), most online pokies that had Wild Symbols would have just one Wild Symbol, but today you can find lots of different Wild Symbol variations and software providers like Microgaming seem to be the most creative when it comes to finding new ideas for Wild Symbols and the functions/actions that they carry out on the reels.

The Wild Symbol is usually the game’s logo, or it will quite simply be the word ‘Wild’ and it usually covers just one symbol position on the reels. However, most modern online pokies which have 5 reels and multiple paylines (or multiple win ways) will now have more than one kind of Wild Symbol which can cover more than one symbol position on the reels. Some of these Wild Symbols can even cover an entire reel from the top, all the way down to the bottom.

Some examples of these include Stacked Wild Symbols, Stacked Wild Reels, Super Stacked Wilds, Wild Reels, Super Wild Reels and Expanding Wilds. You can also now find several other fun Wild Symbols such as Frozen Wilds, Split Wilds, Heat Seeking Wilds, Magnetic Wilds, Special Wilds, Soaring Wilds, Random Wilds, Rising Wilds, Multiplying Wilds, Brilliant Wilds, Locked Wilds, Sticky Wilds, Trailing Wilds and Running Wilds, plus several other variations also now exist.

These useful symbols can often help generate some really big line wins, but they won’t always guarantee a prize when they show up. Some of the biggest line wins will occur when multiple Stacked Wild Symbols appear across three or more reels, in consecutive order and from left to right. If you want to play on a Microgaming pokie right now and see some of these Wild Symbols in action, remember to keep an eye out for games like The Dark Knight Rises, Untamed – Crowned Eagle, Untamed – Wolf Pack, Girls with Guns – Frozen Dawn, Thunderstruck II, Kitty Cabana, Hound Hotel, Loose Cannon and Big Chef.

You can play on these games right now at any of our featured Microgaming casinos, some of which include Platinum Play Casino, Ruby Fortune Casino and Jackpot City Casino. You can also find these games at Spin Palace Casino, Crazy Vegas Casino, 7 Sultans Casino, Royal Vegas Casino and Gaming Club Casino and you can play on these games either in the free play mode or in the real money mode.