The"wild" symbol which is also called "substitution" is presented in most modern video slots. Quite often they counterpart even in traditional slots with three reels and those with one to three lines.
Its main function is replacing other characters in situations where it helps to form a combination. Thus, Wild can often bring benefits without using their pictures. Moreover, there are slots where winnings are given even with one such symbol that appears on the screen.
But the opportunities of wild are not limited to that. Developers of software for online casinos often extend its functionality with unusual options, we want to tell the readers of Casinoz about. At first, we will describe the most common ones and then review the unique options of Wild.
So, let's begin.
Wild on drums
In different slots Wild symbol can fall on all reels or just some of them.
Evolution (Net Entertainment) - Wild appears on the second and fourth reels.
Lucky Lager (Cryptologic) - Wild falls in the middle of three reels.
Characters replaced by Wild
In the classic version, Wild in a good position can replace any picture except Scatter, Bonus and other special characters. Sometimes if Scatter combination is formed under the general rules (in a row on the active line), the Wild can also replace it.
We can give no examples in this case because these slot machines are known to every customer of any online casino.
Ordinary characters and Wild
Wild functions can also perform other images.
Wild Games (Playtech) - if the images of animal athletes fully occupy the third drum, they play the role of Wild.
Forming combinations of Wild
In most cases, if the Wild falls out on all reels, they can form a combination according to the general rules without using other pictures. As a rule, these slots have the most Wild symbols. These slot machines can be found, probably, among all producers of software for online casinos.
For example, in the slot Captain Nemo (Cryptologic) even one Wild symbol is paid off.
Multiplier of payments
One of the nice extra features of Wild often presented in the slots is payout multiplier for the combinations formed with the participation of this character. In other words, if a Wild symbol is in any combination, the winning will be increased by several times.
Thus, in the slot Captain Squawk's Booty Time (Microgaming) Wild symbol doubles the payout for the combinations of other pictures, if it replaces at least one of them.
Wild, walking lanes on drums
In some slot machines Wild symbols make stripes. So they can appear after the entire reel.
The Dark Knight (Microgaming) - Wild on all reels makes long strips.
Baywatch (Playtech) - on the second, third and fourth reels Wild always appears in stripes.
In many slot machines the Wild symbol can be extended in certain situations, if they occupy several positions on the screen. In this form it can appear in one or more spins.
Here are a few examples.
Daring Dave and the Eye of Ra (Playtech) - dropping on any of the three middle reels, Wild stretched on all three cells.
Lucky Lager (Cryptologic) - all characters above Wild on the drum also become "wild"
Untamed Wold Pack (Microgaming) - at some drums, after four times of the winning with Wild, this drum will be completely "wild" for the next four spins.
Additional features in the free spins of wild
During the free spins, opportunities of Wild are sometimes expanded. It can be scattered bands on the entire drum, making adjacent characters "wild" and so on.
Let us examine this in the examples.
Snake Slot (Leander Games) - Wild in free spins always fully occupies the first drum.
Cops N 'Bandits (Playtech) - during free spins policeman appearing next to the bandit, turns it into Wild, and it remains it until the end of the round.
Unique features slots with Wild
Some slot machines where Wild has original options and unusual features that can not be attributed to any of the above categories.
Wild Gambler (AshGaming) - Wild participates in functions in Lock & Spin. The player can leave it in the same place for the next spin by paying the amount specified in the special window.
Miles Bellhouse and His Curious Machine (BetSoft Gaming) - if Wild appears on the screen, but can not substitute any other symbol, but swaps the pictures around it.
Zombies (Net Entertainment) - this slot has just two types of Wild. One is common and appears on all reels except the third one. The second falls only on the middle reel in a stripe and can be moved one position up or down if necessary. In each of the spins from one to six, images can turn into Wild.
As you can see, the Wild character makes the gameplay more varied and therefore fascinating, not to mention additional benefits for players. We considered just possible optipns in different video slots. The developers did not stop there and regularly come up with something new. Therefore, we will periodically update this article and let you know of all updates.