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How Slot Games Work (Part 8)Posted on January 17, 2014
Welcome back for the eighth part of Win A Day Casino's in-depth look at slot games. Today we'll take a look at the many great bonus features that we offer with our slot machine games. One of the biggest draw cards of video slot machines is the additional bonus games. Not only do they give you a whole new way to win but also they can be very entertaining. Considering that playing slots should always be fun this can really give you even more value for money. While there are thousands of different slot games there are really only a handful of different bonus types. In this article we outline the most common and explain what happens when you hit the feature.
On The Reels
The most common reel based bonus game found on video slots is the free spin bonus. We estimate that over 50% of all video slot games have a free game feature of one kind or another. In general you need to hit a certain amount of scatters to win a set amount of free spins. In most cases wins on the bonus are multiplied by a win multiplier of between 2 and 6. Another type of free spin bonus is the "Hold and Spin" style. On these games you hit a certain combination and those reels are held while the other reels re-spin.
Quite often the re-spin is a second chance at another type of bonus or a shot at a bigger jackpot. Of course free spins are not the only type of reel-based bonus. There are other types such as wild multipliers, randomly changing symbols, cascade features where wins are removed and further symbols fall into their place, expanding wilds where the wild symbol expands to cover the entire reel it is on and slide features where one symbol moves across the reels.
Some of the newer slot games have more than one bonus and in some cases actually have a reel-based bonus that is won on a non-reel based game feature. For example you might have a pick a box feature where you can win free spins or extra wild symbols. Or you might have a free spin feature that has random pick-a-box bonuses as part of the wins.
As soon as you get off the reels the amount of different styles of bonus games becomes only limited by the game designers imaginations. Having said that, there are still only really a few different principals. One of the most popular is the "Pick a Box" style bonus games where you are presented with a series of choices and you have to select items to win.
Other styles include multi leveled games where picking the correct item gives you a shot at the next level of prizes and in some cases even a progressive jackpot. With these bonus games you hit a certain combination to activate a wheel bonus. The wheel spins and you are awarded a prize depending where it stops.
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