What is a scatter symbol?

A scatter symbol is one of several bonus empowered symbols that offers additional winning chances to players. What stands out about scatters is that this symbol does not need to appear on a payline. Scatter symbols can appear anywhere on the reels and once three or more are present players enjoy a payout, so if enough of the scatter symbols land within a single spin you will win a return on your bet.

The main function of scatters is to start bonus rounds as well as additional features including multipliers. Scatters are almost, as common as wilds in video slots, yet they not present in all video slots.

The best way to explain scatters is to go back to slot basics, in most slot wins are achieved via forming combinations of three or more identical symbols. Scatters offers payouts without being in a combination to provide payouts and the multiplier value depends on the number of scatter symbols in view.

What is the main function of a scatter symbol?

The main function of a scatter symbol is to activate bonus rounds such as mini-bonuses, second screen bonus round or most commonly free spins bonus rounds. The number of scatters present hugely influence the number of free spins awarded. In each video slot, the number of free spins differs, although scatters can reward for example 10 free spins for three scatters, 20 when four scatters are visible and 50 free spins when five scatters can be seen on the screen.

There are many innovative bonus options in some video slots player get to select one of the scatters on the screen, which then rewards a random number of free spins. Some video slots take this enjoyable action even further and players get to select each of the three scatters, in which one or more could award free spins or one or more could reveal a multiplier value. The number of free spins is then added, and the payouts accumulated during the bonus round are multiplied by the total multiplier value.

This is by far not the end of the advantages offered by scatters, during the free spins round, should you manage to hit three scatter symbols in a single spin, it awards even more free spins, these are then added to the remaining total of free spins. Experienced players favour video slots offering free spins since they are well aware of the benefits offered via a free spins frenzy. Some video slot has no limit on the number of free spins that can be won, while others allow a maximum of up to several hundred.

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