You’ll start spinning on a 1x3x5x3x1 reel set which offers 45 ways to win. Land a winner and other symbol positions open up which increases the number of ways to win. These reduce again following a winless spin. This is known as the Rising Kingdoms feature.
On the reels you’ll see 5 lower value gemstone symbols. These are joined by coins and a scroll, a Chinese drum and a red dragon. The best paying symbol is the bright red Phoenix. Land 5 of these on successive reels and you’ll receive an award of 20 times your stake. The golden claw and ball is the wild. This substitutes for all other symbols apart from the scatter.
Land 3, 4 or 5 of the scatter and you’ll receive a payout equal to 3, 10 or 50 times your total stake. You’ll also trigger the Phoenix & Dragon Free Games feature. On offer here are 8, 20 or 50 free spins. Every winning free spin during the feature unlocks more symbol positions. Those positions could shrink in the base game but that’s not the case here. The reels can only expand or remain the same. If you manage to open the whole of the 5x5 grid, you’ll have 3,125 ways to win.
Hope to see the scatters here too. Landing just 2 of them adds another 2 free spins to your total. A full re-trigger of 8, 20 or 50 extra free spins is possible if you land 3, 4 or 5 scatters. What’s better is there’s no limits to how many additional free spins can be won.
There are a lot of moving parts on show in Ways of the Phoenix. The visuals are pretty good though, backed by a traditional Asian-style backing track. The gameplay looks pretty complex but this is actually a very simple and straightforward game. We managed to land the free spins regularly. We’d put the variance in the medium to high range.
If you enjoy the Chinese myth theme, then you’ll want to take flight and learn the Ways of the Phoenix. I also recommend you try Phoenix Sun by Quickspin which is similar in terms of theme.