Wild is a unique symbol in slot machines with some advantages in front of the others. Its primary function is to replace the missing element, which makes it possible to create a winning combination. In its essence, Wild is a Joker who also can replace values. But the possibilities and significance of the symbol may differ from each other, depending on the game and the software developer. In some cases, Wild does not have its value, but in others, it is the most "profitable" element. For example, it can be paid separately, merely falling out on the playing field. The possibilities are not limited to this, but Wild symbols are divided into types:
- by the frequency and location of the appearance on the reels,
- by action on other cells (as a replacement),
- on the functions of the multiplier.
- Random Wild: the symbol is generated on the playing field in random order;
- Stacked Wild: the symbol is collected from a set of separate cells;
- Expanding: the symbol extends around the reel;
- Sticky Wild: the position of the element is fixed;
- Extra Wild slots: another "wild" symbol is generated.
Where do the Wilds appear?Control the appearance of the wilds does not work out: they are formed according to the principle of the random number generator and fall out in a chaotic order. At the same time, in some slots, they appear only on specific reels. For example, on the second and the fourth one or the central three of the five.
Symbols that replaced by wildThis unique and special symbol in classical apparatus can replace any cell of a reel, except for itself similar elements. Each slot uses images of a particular theme. These can be images:
- maps and others.
- Free spins;
- Scatter and others.
Wild as a payout multiplierAn essential and enjoyable additional function of this symbol, which occurs in slots is an increased payout multiplier that is relevant for the combinations that are formed with its help. If Wild replaces a character in a particular combination, the winnings are growing obtained from it.
Wild slots with extendingIn certain situations, Wilds can extend, occupying several positions on the screen several times forward. It can appear in stripes or fill the whole reel. That continues during one or more spins of the reels. For example:
- In the Lucky Lager from the Cryptologic, the role of the wild symbol begins to perform all the icons that are located above it on the reel;
- In the Untamed World Pack slot from Microgaming, after four times the "wild" symbol on one reel, the cell remains "wild" for the next four spins;
- In some slots, after appearing on the middle reels, Wild stretches to all three cells;
- In some cases, the fallen wild makes neighboring symbols wild too.
- Fixed, mobile and adjacent Wilds
- Wilds, which remain in their place for several reels are called fixed, and they significantly increase the gain.
- Wild symbols that can move from right to left, until they finally emerge from the game from the last reel, are called mobile. They are nothing more than a kind of fixed Wilds.
- Several consecutive wild symbols that fill the entire reel are called neighboring.
Slots with several WildsIn recent years, software developers are increasingly resorting to increasing the number of Wild symbols in the slot. And they are used in many models already implemented in practice, what attracts a large number of visitors, giving more chances of winning. For example:
- The slot machine Seasons is dedicated to the times of the year. Each season is confined to a separate stage. At these levels, there different prize opportunities, including a separate wild. A wild symbol replaces not only other images but also performs other functions. It duplicated to other cells, expanding in different directions, launch free spins, increase payments to additional multipliers and so on.
- SuperWilds: this device from Genesis Gaming, which can fill the user with varieties of the Wild symbol. Wild signs are depicted in the form of superheroes with unique possibilities. Three identical jokers start free spins. These symbols expand and multiply the payouts two or three times, open additional spins of the reels. In this case, the central meaning of wild as a replacement is preserved.
- Video slot Reel Attraction is new from the Novomatic software. A gray professor with a magnet in his hands appears on the first reel. He performs the role of the expanding Wild. On the four remaining reels, simple "wild" symbols may appear in the form of a magnet. If two types of these particular symbols look on the screen at the same time, the mad scientist expands, occupying all three columns vertically and attracts the reel with the magnet. The name of this function is Reel Slide, and it guarantees to receive several payments at once with each spin.