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Slot Machine Scatter Symbols Explained

Many moons ago the humble little Scatter symbol found mainly on video slot games served just one purpose, and that was simply to award a win once the player managed to spins in the minimum required number of this type of slot machine symbol.

The beauty of this kind of symbol is that they originally were devised to pay out a winning combination irrespective of whether they landed on an activated pay line or not, as long as you could see the Scatter symbols, and you have enough of them in view then you would be awarded a payout.

Many of Microgamings video slot games became the first online slots to have such a symbol and some of these slots are still going strong and are very popular with players well over a decade since they were launched.

Basic Scatter Symbols

One such slot game that uses a basic Scatter symbol is the Vinyl Countdown slot which has nine paylines and no bonus games, but it does come with a Scatter symbol which is the Glitter Ball, get three of them anywhere in view and you win x10 your stake, get four of them anywhere in view and you will win x50 your stake and if you manage to get all five of them in view then you will win x100 your stake.

It is extremely rare to find a Scatter symbol in play on a 3 reel slot but Microgaming have developed quite a good one and that is the Crazy Crocodile slot, this has just the one single payline and will give you a winning payout should you manage to get three Crocodile symbols in any position, this will pay out, depending on how many coins you play each spin for, as follows:

Three in any position playing a one coin spin pays 200 coins, three in any position when playing a two coin spin pays 500 coins and get three in any position when playing the maximum three coins spin and you will win 1000 coins. There are bigger payouts awarded should you spin in these symbols on the payline.

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Bonus Game Triggering Scatter Symbols

As video slot machines became more advanced such features as free spins rounds were developed, this is a bonus game that will award a player with a number of free spins which often play out on a multiplier. These types of bonus games became hugely popular and are the main stay of many video slot games to this day.

The Scatter symbol was then used to be the trigger for awarding such bonus games, and players simply need to spin in, often anywhere in view, a set number of the Scatter symbols to launch this type of bonus game, often irrespective of whether they have activated all of the pay lines or not.

Below is a selection of different slot games that will award you with all manner of different free spins games once you do indeed spin in, the required number of Scatter symbols, and as you will soon discover there is a multitude of different free spin bonus rounds available.

Scatter Symbols In Play

Alley Cats - This is a 9 pay line slot game and the Scatter symbol on this slot machine is the Strike symbol, this is a Scatter however to activate the bonus game you need to get three or more of the symbols from left to right for them to activate the bonus game.

Avalon - This is a 20 payline slot machine and the Scatter symbol on this slot is the Lady of the Lake symbol, as long as you get at least three of them anywhere in view, irrespective of the number of paylines you have activated then the free spins bonus game will be triggered.

Bomber Girls - This is a 20 payline slot machine and this one comes with not one but two different types of Scatter symbols. The first is the Compass symbol and you will need to get three of them anywhere in view on reels 2, 3 and 4 all at the same time to trigger the free spins bonus round. The other Scatter symbol is the Bonus icon and you need to get one of these anywhere in view on both reels 1 and 5 both at the same time to trigger a higher or lower type bonus game.

CashOccino - This slot gives you the option of placing an additional bet along side your stake and by taking this option instead of needing at least three Scatter symbols anywhere in view to be awarded free spins you only need two of them anywhere in view to launch this bonus game.

Sneak a Peek Doctor Doctor - This has standard Scatter symbols which pay in any position and it also boasts a Lip symbol this should not be confused as a Scatter as you need to get three of them on an active payline to trigger the free spins bonus game, also it has a Sneak a Peek Zip symbol which must land on any position on reel one and then a corresponding one must land on the same reel position on reel five to activate a Scratchcard type bonus game.

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