Considering it symbolizes hope, maybe it’s the perfect character to be associated with casino play. I am of course referring to the mysterious Phoenix and the truth is, it does star in a lot of slots. Mascot Gaming is the latest provider to call upon the fiery bird to headline a new game and this time it appears in Wild Phoenix Rises.
Are you ready to embark on a sizzling journey through a mythical realm? Can the game live up to expectations and deliver a blazing hot game play, worthy of carrying the sacred name of the Phoenix? Hold on to your whigs because we’re about to find out.
On Our Way to Mordor?
There’s no escaping the Lord of the Rings vibe, which I have no problem with. I mean what better way to create a fight between good vs evil storyline than by using darkness and glowing flames, am I right?
I love the level of graphics used in this game because it’s a massive difference looking at a screen that gives you a Hollywood blockbuster look instead of one from a junior high art class. Mascot has made sure to use every part of the screen, which a lot of providers tend to neglect.
Features: Free Spins
Supported Languages: 13
Release Date: July 25th, 2023
Wild Phoenix Rises Free Spins Accumulation Scale
There are a couple of good features in Wild Phoenix Rises and I will start off with Free Spins. This isn’t the classical setup where 3 scatters will let you in the door, no sir. Instead, Mascot is using a Free Spins accumulation scale, which determines how many Free Spins and what multiplier you will be playing with.
Whenever you score a winning combo, you will fill one bar on the scale on the right. The challenge is to get enough consecutive wins to trigger Free Spins because a winless spin will reset the meter. Keep in mind that each bet level is its own accumulation.
Bottom line – you need 5 consecutive wins to activate Free Spins. This isn’t easy and I never managed to get the job done.
3 Strikes – You’re Out
The bonus round works like a Hold and Spin in the sense that you will start off with 3 Free Spins. You can see the counter on the right hand side, appearing as glowing eggs.
As soon as you get a win, your count will reset till 3 and you can keep going. Once you run out of spins though, you will be done and sent back down to the base game.
Would You Like to Risk or Buy?
Besides Free Spins, the other main feature is the Risk & Buy. You can split it into two separate parts but it comes down to buying Free Spins or risking your winnings to win more.
- Buy – You will have multiple options for buying Free Spins. You can do this at any time of the game but after each spin there will also be a random Special Buy.
- Risk – After every win you can put your winnings on the line and spin the wheel for a chance at increasing it. With a bit of luck, you can maximize the multiplier and get as much as 1,000x.
No mythical adventure is complete without an epic soundtrack and there’s a very nice one on Wild Phoenix Rises. It gets your adrenaline pumping and adds to the mystery of each spin. Come to think of it, both the title and the dark but fiery graphics remind me of The Dark Knight Rises movie.
You didn’t see that one coming, did you? Don’t worry, I didn’t either.
I have to be honest and say I left the game, having mixed feelings. It looks spectacular, plays smoothly and has enough quality features to be great. I mean both a Wheel of Fortune AND Free Spins… you don’t see that in every game.
Still, as I was playing it felt like there was something missing. I hold my hands up and say that in my case, one thing that was missing was the big wins. Even when I paid the way to the bonus round, I still won very, very little, which does affect how I see the game.
I’ll just have to come back again for a rematch before I truly stamp my decision. The fact that I would go back is a very positive thing.
I think you will like it and your time has come to rise from the ashes and claim those legendary wins. As I just mentioned, I didn’t win much which means there’s plenty of cash waiting for you.