Symbols are the various images that appear on the spinning reels of a slot machine. These symbols can take many different forms, including fruits, numbers, shapes, or thematic images related to the game's specific design or storyline.
The goal in a slot game is to spin the reels and land matching symbols on active paylines. The specific combination of symbols, the number of matching symbols, and the specific payline they land on determines whether a spin wins or loses and how much is won.
Some symbols have special functions. For instance, wild symbols can substitute for any other symbol to help create a winning combination, while scatter symbols can trigger bonus features or pay out no matter where they appear on the reels. The paytable of each slot game will indicate the value and function of its specific symbols.