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Many slot machines now have multiple types of elements. Often these are broken into bonuses, such as free spins, and features, such as random upgrades or other elements that improve a player’s chances of winning.

This proliferation triggered a question in one player’s mind:

Do special features trigger randomly like bonuses, or are they on a different schedule?


The way a feature will be triggered is just like the way a bonus will be triggered: Through the outcome that the Random Number Generator confirms at the time you hit the spin button. However, features and bonuses will often occur on different average frequencies, and as a general rule, a feature will occur more frequently than a bonus. So while how they triggered are the same, how often, on average, they will trigger differs.

Features can be interactive with the base game, or can act effectively as a bonus of their own. For instance, all those Konami games that send volcanos or dragons or bees or whatnot down to place wilds on the reels are great examples of a feature that can happen on any spin. They tend to happen more frequently than getting the free spins bonus, and once in the bonus those features can themselves happen more frequently.

With Ultimate Fire Link, the Fire Link feature occurs more frequently than the free spins bonus, and that’s by design – the hold and respin elements are the front and center feature of the entire Fire Link series, so that’s where much of the weight is placed.

So while features do trigger randomly like bonuses, as far as the frequency they’ll trigger, you’ll usually see features pop out more often than bonuses. That helps to keep the game more dynamic and ensure that elements happen more frequently overall on games that feature both features and bonuses.

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