Sat, May 4, 3:12am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:25pm
The phoenix is a mythical immortal bird. It is said to burn on death, then rise from its own ashes. Super Red Phoenix pokies from Bally feature this bird as the wild symbols. The other symbols are a mix of animals. For me they feel thrown-together, including an Asian dragon, bull and horse.
Game-play is shared with Ra & the Scarab Temple – though the themes are very different. Those expanding wilds, free spins with a choice of volatility and red envelope prizes can be found on both pokies. Curiously, the bass-heavy soundtrack is also shared. Here are the highlights of the Super Red Phoenix pokies:
Your biggest wins will come when you cover most (or even all) of the 40 win-lines with special wild symbols. The game-play is certainly geared towards achieving this.
Phoenix symbols are stacked on the reels. They can cover all 4 spots on a reel at times. When they hit, they turn adjacent reels wild – as well as being wild themselves. If you hit a full reel, that means up to 3 wild reels appear. Most of the time you will partially hit, though the resulting wilds will still have the ability to trigger some big wins.
It is possible to get more than one fully stacked phoenix symbol on a single spin. That in turn has the potential to turn the entire 5×4 grid of reels wild for a huge pay day.
Having 3 bonus symbols on the middle reels is a hallmark of many Bally pokies. Super Red Phoenix uses Asian-style gold ingots for these bonus symbols. If you get all 3, you will have a choice to make on how to best enjoy your free spins.
At the two extremes you can take 30 free spins at the triggering bet, or just 6 free spins with a 5x win multiplier on each. In the middle there are 15 and 10 spin options. Many games with this choice also offer a mystery pick option – Super Red Phoenix does not have this.
If you do pick one of the bigger multiplier options, you’ll be rooting for those phoenix wild symbols to appear!
The final feature is a simple jackpot trigger. Occasionally you will see a large symbol showing a red envelope land on either reel 1 or 5. Above the reels you will see a prize (around 200x your bet). To win this, you simply need to hit both envelopes on the same spin.
While the theme might be ambiguous, the setup of this Bally pokie is very much straightforward. There are 5 reels, and 4 symbols on each – with 40 win-lines covering them. Curiously, bets go in increments of 55c – covering the lines and the features. If you are playing online, you can choose up to 100 spins each time on auto-play.
Those phoenix wilds and the dragon head facing you have the highest prize. These are followed by 4 animals; tigers, bulls, bears and horses. Playing card fillers make up the remaining symbols. In addition to triggering the bonus, 3 of the ingots will get you a small scatter prize.
There are no regular wilds in play for this pokie.
Phoenix myths do appear in several ancient cultures, though I’m not entirely sure this pokie has a specific one in mid. The reels have a fiery red setting, with the phoenix towering above them. The font of the logo has an Asian feel – along with the dragons, ingots and red envelopes on the reels.
Music is anything but Asian, with a lounge-music style track playing while you spin. Design wise, the golden phoenix symbol stands out – with most of the other animals looking plain in comparison.
Sharing the same game-play with different themes is common with pokie studios. There is little doubt that the expanding / replicating wilds system makes for entertaining game-play. With the potential for covering all or most of the reels on any spin, you’ll never be far from a big prize. Add the free spins multipliers and random Red Envelope jackpot and you have a game to get fired up about!