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Cascading Symbols

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In online slots there are many kinds of features and bonus rounds that add fascinating dimensions to different games. From Free Spins to multipliers and bonus bet options, players can enjoy multiple game mechanics even within the same game. An exciting feature that adds plenty of action and opportunities to win within online slots is that of cascading symbols, a mechanic that helps to boost the enjoyment of online slots experience. Take a closer look at the background to cascading symbols and the opportunities they create with Wildz.

What are cascading symbols?

In a classic slots, the game symbols are situated on three reels with one payline from left to right. Cascading symbols also operate in a slots grid environment but with a very different action taking place.

Cascading symbols fall from above the playing area into columns instead of spinning on reels. Most of these games feature respin options where winning combinations are cleared from the board and new symbols fall from above to fill the voids. Multiple respins can often be won and many titles feature progressive multipliers in conjunction with the respins. It’s not unusual for Free Spin rounds to result from these cascading combinations too, ultimately contributing to big potential wins that seem to grow, one after the other.

iGaming developers may have different names for cascading features to differentiate themselves from one another, so you may come across such as avalanche, sweeping, swooping, tumbling, collapsing, rolling or falling - all referring to the same thing.

Why cascading symbols?

When playing an online slot, it can be relaxing to see the reels spinning but for some players, this can feel a bit too slow as a game format. While some games offer autoplay and rapid play functions to counteract this feeling, cascading symbols offer a different kind of solution, shaking up the action to bring the unexpected to a particular game. Of course, all slots games are based on the luck that may or may not come with Random Number Generators so there isn’t a strategy that can be put into play with a cascading symbols slot.

Some examples of cascading symbols in online slots

Big Bad Wolf and its spinoff games from developers Quickspin, Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special and Big Bad Wolf Megaways puts you into the a ramshackle house with the Three Little Pigs while the snarling wolf prowls outside. This game has swooping (cascading) symbols that drop into place, hopefully providing a matching combination and a win or two.

One of the most popular online slots with a cascading symbols feature is Jammin Jars, a colourful and fruity game that’s calming to play as the symbols slide down into place.

For adventurers, the Tome of Madness game is a terrific addition to the Rich Wilde series that includes the legendary Book of Dead. Jewels and artefacts plunge from the roof of a mysterious chamber to land below in true Rich Wilde fashion.

If you love the Megaways experience, Desperados Wild Megaways is a great addition, with cascading symbols that add loads of action.

Ultimately, it’s up to each player to choose a style of game that works for them and to make sure they practice Responsible Gaming.

Wildz has a huge library of games to choose from; take a look through this handy online iGaming guide for even more tremendous gaming experiences.

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