Different type of symbols
Even though one slot can differ from another, they’re usually made up of the same type of symbols; standard symbols, wild symbols, scatter symbols and bonus symbols. Some slots have all of these, whereas others only have a few.
Standard symbols are the ones that pay out winnings when a certain amount appears in a row, on an active payline (or in some slots in clusters). There’s usually around four or five that have a low value and three to five with a much higher one. The more symbols you get in a row (or cluster), the higher the win.
Wild symbols act as replacing symbols to others. Usually they can only replace the standard symbols, but in some slots others can be replaced as well. There are several different types of wild symbols, such as walking, expanding and multiplying wilds.
Scatter symbols usually don’t have to appear on a payline, but as long as a certain amount appear on the reels, a special feature will trigger. Most commonly this will be a free spin feature, which means that you get a certain amount of spins for free that usually also have some kind of special attribute to them, such as the winnings being multiplied.
Bonus symbols are usually the most anticipated ones. Sometimes a certain amount (usually three) have to appear on a winning line, while they at other times can appear anywhere on the reels. When this happens some kind of entertaining bonus game is triggered, which usually is where the biggest wins are lurking.