A sticky wild means that the wild will stay exactly where it is for the next spin of the reels. You’ll then be hoping that this has some similar symbols end up adjacent to it so winning combinations can be achieved. With the shifting wild though it’s all a little bit different.
Usually the shifting wild only moves one position at a time. Most commonly they start on the final reel and then keep moving to the left. You’ll find that when the shifting wild makes its way to the centre reel the chance of getting more wins increases. Eventually the shifting wild will move all the way to the first reel and then exit the game after the next move. By then it should have done its job and given your account balance a really good boost.
Playtech have been at the forefront of producing games with shifting wilds and a prime example is their game ‘Dolphin Cash’. This only appears on the last of the five reels and after each spin moves to the left until jumping off the reels altogether.
As well as shifting wilds, a variation on the theme is to have shifting reels, this can be seen in the game ‘Robin Hood Shifting Riches’ (NetEnt) which can see you getting continuous wins.
It’s clear then that playing a game that has shifting wilds really can be very beneficial to you. Wild symbols are there to help complete winning combinations and when they are shifting their way along the reels, it’s even better. More possibilities on more spins of the reels can create more winning combinations and that’s more cash in your account balance.