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Slot Machine Features

Slot machines used to offer a minimal number of features. You had 3 spinning reels with maybe 10 symbols on each, and if a certain combination of symbols lined up, then you won money or candy. (That’s right—candy. When slots were briefly made illegal, they used candy for prizes instead of money, which is why we have fruit symbols and bar symbols. The fruit represented the flavor of the candy, and the bars represented sticks of gum.)

Now, slots have all kinds of extras, including bonus games of varying complexity, free spin features, the opportunity to “gamble” on a prize you’ve just won, and progressive jackpots that are jaw-droppingly large. Symbols aren’t just symbols anymore, either. Now you have bonus symbols, multiplier symbols, scatter symbols, and wild symbols, The purpose of this page is to examine and explain some of the various features online slots might have.