Red Phoenix Rising slot review
Red Phoenix Rising slot provides us with an artistic background of a Chinese village over which the reels lie, surrounded by the red feathers of this mystic bird of fire. We get Oriental music to accompany our play of this 40-line game which results in 4 rows over 5 reels instead of the usual 3 rows regular slotters will be more familiar with. Red Tiger specialize in this theme and usually do it quite well with plenty of features, so will Red Phoenix Rising have the same effect on your balance or will it all turn to ashes?
On the reels...
The symbols can all appear in stacks of 2 or singly, and with some it is possible to land 3 in view on any reel. Unlike with other Red Tiger slots of a similar theme such as Mega Jade and Dragon's Luck we do see a Wild here in the form of a Ying Yang Sun stacked on all 5 reels which will award us with 12.5x bet for 5-of-a-kind thus awarding the game's top pay 500x bet as we would have 40 lines of them! There are 6 card values offering between 0.75 and 2x stake for the 5 but far more rewarding will be the picture icons of the Phoenix Nest, Red Feather, Tree and Flame paying 3x down to 2.25x bet respectively.
You may notice a crystal on the left of the reels and if they cloud over after a win the crystal will start filling up with blue liquid and you will see this rise on a scale of 2-20 with a top lucky Chinese number 88 at the very top after the 20. This indeed could be very lucky as your win will be multiplied by the number the liquid stops on. A Golden Egg may land on reel 3 occasionally to trigger a pick mini-bonus too, but the real value lies in the incredible free games round!
Crystal free spins
If you are wondering where the game's subject, the Red Phoenix is, you have now found him. He appears on all 5 reels and 3 or more in view triggers a quite extraordinary bonus. The game will select a number of spins for you of 8+ and you can land 3 more of these scatters to be awarded another number of extra spins. Your multiplying crystal will start filling as soon as a win lands and the multiplier will stick until the next one lands whereupon it rises again.
You need 16 wins to rise to 88x multiplier so those extra spins can be important - if you ever play Big Time Gaming's Bonanza slot you'll definitely appreciate this increasing multiplier! The potential wins could be huge here if you happened to land the stacked Wilds in any quantity further along the bonus when the multiplier is high.
Red Phoenix Rising is very good in all the basics such as graphics, animations and sound effects and so is the 95.99% RTP we are given. The base game can produce decent prizes and you never know when the crystal multiplier will decide to appear to make these even better. Now you may have worked out that if you hit a full screen of Wilds at 88x multiplier you would win a staggering 44,000x bet! I would take this with a pinch of salt as games like Netent's Dead or Alive can theoretically pay over 50,000x in their bonus but we have yet to see a result above approximately 20% of that amount. Nevertheless you do have a base game with frequent pays and are always aware of the possibility of that freak result! This Red Phoenix certainly could see your bankroll rising, but be wary as your wings could end up getting clipped by its streaky nature...