Thanks to Phoenix Princess, it’s possible to take a whistlestop tour of the Orient without having to leave the house or invent a time machine. While there are limits to what you can glean from playing a slot machine, you get the gist: the ancient Chinese dynasties were capable of conjuring some of the most exquisite art and architecture the world has ever seen. Phoenix Princess looks the part then; top marks to GameArt for their rendering of this game. But how does it play?
‘Pretty well’ is the short answer, but you’re probably here to learn more than that. Let’s dive into the science then of what makes this slot tick. Phoenix Princess is a 5-reel, 20 payline slot with a line bet that can be set between 0.01 and 0.5 – yep, 10.00 per spin at most. There’s the usual autoplay control, which can be set as high as 500 spins, and options for disabling audio and the gamble feature.
Temple of Boom
GameArt are the sort of company who like what they know and know what they like, which is a roundabout way of saying that they use the same playing card symbols in all their slots. These are okay to look at, but a little creativity wouldn’t go amiss. As if to compensate for their shameless symbol recycling, GameArt have gone to town on the remaining symbols, which include a gorgeously rendered lotus flower, temple and gold vase. The temple is worth 500 for five and the Asian princess wearing a gold headdress is worth 500.
Wild will substitute for all of the other symbols except for scatter and appears as a yin-yang symbol – or jing jang as it’s referred to in the game. It’s worth 1,500 for five. Scatter is the phoenix that gives the game its name and which historically rose from the flames, reborn. All scatter wins will be multiplied by your total bet. During free spins – which are granted by scatter – additional symbols will become wild, namely the princess, temple, vase and flower.
Spin On It
When three scatters land on reels 3-5, you’ll be awarded eight free spins. This is when the four regular symbols become wild, almost certainly ushering in a succession of wins. With four wilds in play, you really can’t go wrong. You can also retrigger this feature during free spins. Like all GameArt slots, Phoenix Princess also comes with a gamble option. Bet on the next colour of a card, black or red, to boost your wins in the base game.
Mystic Riches is Similar
In terms of gameplay, Phoenix Princess is very similar to Mystic Riches by the same developer. Visually however Phoenix Princess is streets ahead. If you’re looking for a slot in a similar vein, Merkur’s Phoenix and Dragon is worth a shot, not to be confused with Phoenix and the Dragon by Microgaming.
The latter is a 25 payline slot in which it’s possible to win up to 12 free spins. It has an RTP of 95.5%. Another slot that isn’t too far removed from Phoenix Princess is Fortune Temple by Gamesys, though visually it could use some work.
Phoenix Princess is one of GameArt’s better slots. Its graphics are great and the gameplay, while predictable, is nevertheless enjoyable. Everything hinges on free spins. Activate them and you’re guaranteed a lump sum. Otherwise, you’ll be forced to assemble what you can on the reels, using the gamble feature to boost your winnings.