What Slot Symbols Mean
The reels of slot games are adorned by numerous symbols, which may seem confusing at first. But these can generally be split into one of four categories, as defined below.
Your normal, standard symbols are basically just those that you want to align in order to create winning paylines. This is what the majority of slot symbols are made up of. Every game is different, and each symbol has a different value, but you don’t need to get too caught up on the details on the regular symbols.
Things get more interesting with Wild symbols. When a Wild symbol appears on the reels, this symbol can essentially be interchanged for any other symbol on the reels in order to automatically create a winning payline. These you really want to find as often as possible.
Scatter symbols are a little different from all other symbols on the reels as you’re not looking to line them up. Instead, Scatters are basically a trigger for free spins and special bonus games. Typically, you need to find a certain number of them (usually three or more) on the reels at the same time in order to get your reward (although this varies game to game).
Although not available on all slots, Bonus symbols can function in a similar way to Scatters as they can be used to trigger bonus rounds or even entire bonus games which are entertaining in their own right. Alternatively, Bonus symbols are sometimes also capable of multiplying winnings.
You can learn more about slot symbols here.