Secrets of the Phoenix
Explore the ancient reels in search of some magical treasure in Virgin’s exclusive Secrets Of The Phoenix Slot Machine.
Secrets of the Phoenix Facts
- Manufactured by Gamesys
- Top notch exclusive Gamesys slot machine featured at the legendary Virgin casino
- Cascading reel system let’s you win multiple times off a single spin
- Hit an entire reel cascade to turn that reel wild for the duration of the next cascade
- Multiple cascades hold the key to entering into the free spin round
- Hit successive cascades during the bonus round to add more free spins
- Bonus pick a win game gifts you with cash, spins and other cool bonuses
Secrets of the Phoenix is a bespoke slot machine by Gamesys that can only be found at the Virgin casino. It draws on many popular slot mechanisms of the moment, evoking games like Gonzo’s Quest and Da Vinci Diamonds in the base-game play. Experts say that this online slot is part of a continuing vogue for exclusive games, which can be seen at operators like Paddy Power Games and Betfair.
Secrets of the Phoenix is a well styled game that incorporates various themes from South American tribal art in its reel symbols. The game’s background is styled around an ancient temple, perfectly setting the scene for the action on the grid, which comes alive with fiery phoenixes as you hit the cascading mechanism. Everything changes into a dark underworld scene when you get into the free spin round, taking you on a trip to some antechamber where you can roll in the money.
The action on the reels of Secrets of the Phoenix is perfectly accompanied by the sound effects. There’s no music here to distract you on put you off the grid game – rather a bunch of first class notes that help narrate your spins. Every time you hit the play button the symbols drop into place accompanied by some stony, granite-like sonics that then fire off a bunch of ascending harp audio bursts as each successive cascade brings more wins onto the grid. This works incredibly well with the slots main mechanism, creating a truly top notch experience.
The base game in Secrets of the Phoenix is deceptively simple. You get to place your bets across a fixed twenty five pay-line structure that’s spread over five reels. Wins are calculated in the normal manner, but after you’ve been paid out a prize, the symbols disappear leaving spaces on the grid into which the symbols above can drop. If you managed to clear out all three stop spaces on a reel then this will be replaced with a fiery phoenix symbol that turns the entire reel wild – giving you a massive chance to hit those huge multi-pay-line combos that will put the big bucks into your bankroll.
There are no scatter symbols on the reels of Secrets of the Phoenix to lead you into the bonus game – but this doesn’t mean there’s no bonus. Instead successive cascades lead to free spins – if you manage to hit four cascades on a single spin, you’ll be gifted with seven spins on a second set of reels. The more cascades you manage to hit, the more free spins will come your way.
When you’ve activated the free spin mechanism on Secrets of the Phoenix, you’re taken to a dark set of reels in an underground setting. Here you have the option to take each free spin on an individual basis or you can hit the auto spin button to run all of your spins automatically, one after the other. Here the cascading bonus system is still in place, allowing you to re-trigger the bonus, but as this second set of reels is packed with even more wilds and winning chances, four successive cascades will only get you two additional spins here.
Secrets of the Phoenix is a high quality cascading game. Don’t think for a moment that just because this is an exclusive slot at Virgin that it in any way suffers from a lack of brilliance. Everything about this title is just as polished as the graphics, sounds and mechanisms are on a Net Entertainments title making this one must play game.
However, we’re not finished here – there is one final trick that the Secrets of the Phoenix has up its red hot sleeves. There is a special pick a win grid game associated with this slot that you don’t even have to pay to play. Simply go to the free game section on the Virgin site and you’ll be given five free picks on this special game – with prizes on offer like free spins and cash as well as bonuses for returning on a daily basis, it is truly worth getting involved with this little add on.
Slot Professor Says
Although Secrets of the Phoenix is an exclusive title it is definitely one that is deserving of your attention. The graphics are a feast for the eyes, the sound works incredibly well with the action and the game-play will keep your heart rate going with every spin. Each time you hit a cascade you’re on the edge of your seat, waiting to see if the bonus round activates and then when it does you’re in seventh heaven with the spins.
Strategy wise the Secrets of the Phoenix is a lot like Gonzo’s Quest, Pixies of the Forest and Da Vinci Diamonds. The action on the reels is so centred round the cascading mechanism you can almost see the feature round as a little bit of an afterthought. This means that you can quite happily get away with pumping in the cash in the base-game looking for that big single winning spin without worrying too much about hitting the feature to guarantee that a huge pay-out.
The most interesting part of Secrets of the Phoenix is without question the nailed on sub-game. Even if you’ve got no money in your Virgin account you can still have a little crack at this special pick a win game where you can pick up cash and free spins. I’ve logged in every day since I discovered this slot as it’s a great way to gain that little bit extra. If you’re the proud owner of a Virgin account then you should get on it right now.