Sticky Reels Slots

How many times have you moved on from a spin thinking about all the potential money you could win if you could just have that one great reel carry over to the next round? Turns out this feature is fairly common and can be found on many popular slots without even requiring an extra fee to activate.

The feature works in a fairly simple way. One or more reels carry over to the next spin and remain in place while all other reels spin like they would in any other round. The nature of the sticky reel depends greatly on the active mode you’re currently in.

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Features of Sticky Reels

The sticky reels will trigger after the player has fulfilled some specific requirements. This leads the feature to trigger automatically without requiring any extra effort from the player. In most cases, the sticky reels will trigger if there are one or more special symbols on them during free spins or other bonus modes.

Some slots offer players the option to choose which mode they want to play their free or bonus spins in. Some of those may contain sticky reels as a provided feature.

They can come with a large array of features. One of the most common ones is when the reels remain sticky for the duration of another feature such as free spins. Other times, the sticky reels may remain sticky for a certain number of spins or their active counter may be refreshed every time you hit a specific symbol. They can even contain a bet or prize multiplier that applies as long as the reel remains in play.

Advantages and Disadvantages

There really aren’t any disadvantages when you’re playing with sticky reels. If we had to mention one then it would be that they eventually go away and may not remain active for the whole duration of a feature. On the bright side, your winnings can skyrocket when the slot you’re playing offers them as a feature.

Forms of Sticky Reels 

There are 3 main variations:

  1. Sticky Reel – Available during a certain mode such as free spins.
  2. Moving/Shifting Sticky Reel – Same as before but the reel may move on top of the other reels after each spin.
  3. Expanding Sticky Reel – Available in games such as NetEnt’s Starburst, a symbol, usually the wild, expands at random points throughout the gaming session to fill up an entire reel and remains sticky for the rest of the respins or bonus spins.

Another different variation that is seen rarely is when the sticky reel multiplies after each successive winning spin. It may gradually fill up the entire board with sticky reels.

Top Slots with Sticky Reels 

  • Muse: Wild Inspiration (NetEnt) – 3 rows and 5 reels, 25 fixed paylines, expanding wild into sticky reels.
  • Sunny Shores (Yggdrasil) – 5 rows and 5 reels, 25 fixed paylines, expanding wild into sticky rows and sticky reels.
  • Kong – The Eighth Wonder of the World (Playtech) – 3 rows and 5 reels, 20 non-fixed paylines, respins launch free games with sticky wild reels.
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