Wild Features

Modern slots have a variety of wild features. Some of these are triggered at random during the base game, some are activated during free spin rounds, some remain a constant throughout the base game. These features are always welcome, but some are more generous than others.

Sticky Wild

Somewhat reminiscent of the old-school “hold”, the Sticky Wild is a wild symbol that remains locked in place. This can be used on the base game, as is the case on Gold Rush, where all winning symbols, wilds included, remain locked. But the best examples can be found on free spin rounds on games like Bier Haus and South Park. In many cases Sticky Wilds will have multipliers attached, which is the case on Wild Antics.

This feature can also be known as Locked Wilds, which is used on the Wild Gambler series of slots, where you can actually increase your stake to keep the wild in place for the next spin.

Wild Reel

The Wild Reel feature is often used as an additional feature, and one that is triggered during a free spins round. Very rarely is it active at all times during the base game. The Western Belles slot was one recent exception to that rule, but you had to reach a certain stake level in order to trigger the Wild Reel and the wins were all reduced to account for it.

The Wild Reel can be one of the most effective features if it lands at the right time and in the right place. On Ruby Reels, when triggered as part of the free spins feature or the randomly activated “What’s Happening” feature, it can deliver colossal wins. However, if it lands on the final reels and/or when there are few winning paylines available, the wins tend to be disappointing.

Stacked Wild

The Stacked Wild is sometimes used interchangeably with the Wild Reel, and in some cases it turns the whole reel wild. However, a Stacked Wild is a little different. Essentially, this feature “stacks” the wild symbols on top of one another, and in some cases it adds extra wilds in all directions. This means that at its worst it’s just multiplying wilds and adding one or two extra, but at its best it’s turning the whole screen wild. This feature is seen on the Star series of games by Microgaming, which includes Rugby Star and Cricket Star.

This feature can also be known as Stackable Wilds and Expanding Wilds.

Multiplier Wilds

At its most basic, this is just a wild symbol with a multiplier attached. It is often found in free spin features, with the wilds taking centre stage, and it can be used in conjunction with Stacked Wilds and Sticky Wilds. However, this feature is at its best when it is used as standard on the base game. This means that whenever you land a wild in a winning payline, your total winnings will be doubled or even trebled. This is actually very common, and Multiplying Wilds can be found on a huge number of slots, although some offer higher multipliers than others. It’s also worth checking the RTP, because whilst the wild might be impressive, it might also be very rare, which will reduce its effectiveness.