Classic Aristocrat Gaming with Changing Symbols
While the theme of this pokie is based on the ancient myth of the Phoenix, the game is dominated by playing card symbols. With aces down to eights in play, the reels are often covered in these filler symbols. You’ll be pleased to see those fiery birds, they are wild – often connecting multiple wins. In the bonus feature, all the unique symbols turn into wilds. This phoenix-based pokie has an ancient myths theme, unlike the other pokies in the Aristocrat range with a similar name. If you opt for Phoenix Riches, you’ll find the mythical birds in an Asian setting instead.
Reasons that Phoenix Fantasy can Fire Up Your Bankroll
Classic Aristocrat poker machines have their fans. This is thanks to a combination of solid retro game-play, and plenty of potential for big line hits. Here are the highlights:
You will only get 8 free spins, no matter how many of the bonus / scatter symbols you hit. Fortunately, those free spins are worth hitting!
In addition to triggering free spins, the gold coin bonus symbols pay scatter prizes. If you get all 5, you get an instant 50x your bet, before the bonus games begin. 4 are worth 12x and 3 gets you 2x your bet. Scatters and line wins are paid separately, so you can hit both at the same time.
During your 8 free games, there are a lot more phoenix wilds in play. The regular symbols appear on the reels as normal. If they could connect a win, they will turn into the wilds, with the fiery bird replacing the temple, snake or palm tree designs. The usual wilds are also on the reels. Potentially you can get 5 or more wilds on the reels via this changing symbol feature – triggering multiple line wins at once. Your chances of seeing that classic Aristocrat pokies coin fountain (and hearing the circus music) shoot up.
You can retrigger the free games by hitting 3+ of the bonus symbols in this feature.
Phoenix Fantasy is as standard as they come in terms of the setup. There are 20 win-lines. The grid of reels is a regular 5×3, and bets start at just a penny per line.
Phoenix symbols are what you’ll want to see. These have the biggest prize (a generous 2500 coins for 5 of a kind). They also replace any symbol apart from the scatter / bonus coins to connect more wins. 4 phoenix wilds are worth 750 coins, and you’ll get 100 for 3 – and a 10-coin hit for just 2.
There are 3 other unique symbols in play. These include a temple, which looks like a mix of Indian and Persian style to me. This is worth 1000 coins for 5 of a kind. There is also a cobra and a palm tree.
Aristocrat often use playing cards as filler symbols – though not usually as many as you will find here. Aces all the way down to eights are on the reels. These are so dominant that the theme seems to be an after-thought! It is not all bad, those cards provide enough smaller wins to keep your bankroll topped up while you wait for the profitable feature to begin.
You’ll pick this pokie for the game-play, and not for the design – which is basic. With playing cards dominating, there are only a smattering of the unique symbols for most spins.
Above the reels you’ll see red and blue wings, as if a giant phoenix was behind them. Phoenix symbols are the stand-out on the reels too. These have a basic flaming effect. When they replace the other unique symbols, they appear from the bottom (with a crackling sound effect). This might have been state of the art in the 1990’s – though it is very much basic animation today. The temple is the final interesting design. I’ll leave it to you to decide where in the world a temple like this might be found.
Despite the retro look, there are some good reasons to check out the Phoenix Fantasy pokie. Big line wins are always welcome. Your biggest wins will come from the free spins bonus games. Here all of the unique symbols will turn into wilds. This gives you the potential to win from several of the 20 win-lines at once.