About Secrets of the Phoenix
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.