Eternal Phoenix Megaways slot review
Eternal Phoenix Megaways slot by Blueprint Gaming doesn't bring us any new ingredients but does put the old ones together in a different way. A flaming volcanic landscape behind the reels provides the flames for our phoenix and a dark soundtrack from the gates of hell sets the atmosphere. The game is essentially a hybrid of Diamond Mine Megaways and the original BTG Extra Chilli slot with a feature gamble thrown in, as Blueprint have done many a time before for example on Mighty Griffin Megaways slot. So can our bankroll be eternal here or will the resident phoenix burn it up too fast?
On the reels...
A standard set-up is what Eternal Phoenix Megaways slot provides us with, so a scroll of 4 single symbols over the middle 4 of the 6 reels and 324-117649 ways to win. The Flames Wilds can only appear on the top, the Green Orb scatter on all 6 reels. Symbols are stacked or single with the Phoenix the best 6-of-a-kind win at 50x bet, Red Gem 5x, Green 2.5x, Blue 2x and six card values pay 15.x or 1x bet for each full way of 6. On a random basis you can get Egg Mystery symbols on any of the reels which don't guarantee a win in the base game or in the free spins. That's the only modifier.
You can choose from a Power Play menu in the base game. All this does is guarantee a minimum amount of ways per spin so assuming a 1.00 level bet the options are:
Pay 1.50 - 5,000 minimum ways per spin
Pay 2.50 - 10,000 minimum ways per spin
Pay 3.50 - 15,000 minimum ways per spin
Pay 5.00 - 20,000 minimum ways per spin
If you trigger them using the Power Play stake, those minimum ways will carry over to the bonus. It's a standard issue one, with an increasing multiplier by 1x for each winning tumble. You get 8 spins for 3 scatters, 12 for 4, 16 for 5 and 20 for 6. During them the Orbs only appear on the top scroll where the Wilds are, 3 will award +5 and 4 grants +10. You also get a segmented gamble wheel which allows you to risk your free spins and here's what you get for lose/win on each stage assuming you start with the 8:
8 - 0 if loss, 12 if win
12 - 0 if loss, 16 if win
16 - 8 if loss, 20 if win
20 - 12 if loss, 24 if win
24 - 16 if loss, 30 (the maximum allowed) if win
You tend to see more mystery symbols in the bonus round the higher the Power Play stake you trigger them on I noticed. You round is capped at 50,000x stake or 250,000 whichever is lower.
Eternal Phoenix Megaways slot doesn't have a great RTP at 95.50% but nevertheless is a good looking and nice sounding slot to play overall. The 24 or 30-spin features tend to pay at least 500 and 1000x respectively so the gamble is useful if you're brave and chasing that monster hit. Each gamble is around 50% real chance on average too as the increments aren't that steep in the free spin amounts. Your base game is pretty much the same as any other Megaways in terms of bankroll maintenance wins but don't forget it's a high-volatility slot at the end of the day. I'm not saying your money will be eternal here but you could well have a flaming good hit added to it...