Microgaming Expanding Symbols Online Pokies
January 28, 2017
Microgaming introduced the Expanding Symbols feature in Ariana online pokie. Thereafter this feature was included in video pokies like Pretty Kitty and Huangdi – The Yellow Emperor. The Expanding Symbols introduces very high volatility in the online pokie, giving it the potential to hit really big wins.
The online pokies have very similar structures. They are all in the 5×3 reels format. The wild symbol substitutes for all symbols except the scatter symbol. It also awards the highest line payouts. Then there are the thematic symbols. The highest paying of these can appear stacked on all reels. The other thematic symbols will appear stacked on the first reel only. These are followed by the low paying symbols. The scatter symbol awards payouts multiplied by the total bet and it also triggers the free spins. In the free spins the wild symbol can also appear stacked on the reels.
The Expanding Symbols feature works in the following manner. It is initiated when you land a full stack of any thematic symbol on the first reel. If this same symbol has appeared on any other reels in the same spin, it will expand to form a stack on those reels replacing the other existing symbols. The expansion will take place only if there is a possibility of forming winning combinations. This feature gets an added dimension in the free spins. A full stack in the first reel expands not only the same symbol on other reels, but the wild symbol as well. Therefore you can get all positions on the reels occupied by one symbol and wilds leading to huge payouts.
The three online pokies with the Expanding Symbols feature have their own exciting themes. Ariana is the sea goddess and is the symbol that is stacked on all reels. In fact the symbols expand to a full length ravishing depiction of Ariana. The other thematic symbols are coral, treasure chest and underwater cavern. Huangdi was a legendary Chinese emperor. Huangdi is the symbol that is stacked on all reels and like Ariana he is depicted as a full length warrior figure. The other thematic symbols are Huangdi’s sword, musical instrument and drawer chest. In Pretty Kitty the main symbol is the white cat and the other thematic symbols are other cats, all of them pedigreed and dignified.
All these Expanding Symbols online pokies are live at Microgaming powered Australian online casinos like Royal Vegas, Casino Mate and Spin Palace. Looking at the popularity of this feature there will surely be more video pokies with Expanding Symbols in the months to come.