We’re now seeing a trend towards slot machine exclusives at many casinos. Operators like Paddy Power games now have a number of online slots that can only be found on their site. Virgin have now joined the party bringing you a superb bespoke Gamesys title known as Secrets of the Phoenix. Like Da Vinci Diamonds this brings you a superb cascading mechanism, but it also packs in a number of other unique treats, giving you access to a whole bunch of winning chances.

Presentation Dynamics

Secrets of the Phoenix is a great looking game. This machine has some first class graphics that are clearly styled around South American themes, in a design that’s not too dissimilar from the one that features on Gonzo’s Quest. This is backed up with a top quality sonic palette that’s full of grinding stone noises as the reel symbols fall into place on the grid and ascending harp sounds that accompany the cascades. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this machine in some way might not compare to the best slots of the moment, but this is not the case. Even though this is an exclusive game it is every bit as good as games like Pixies of the Forest.

Secrets Of The Phoenix Freeplay

The Basic Game

At first glance Secrets of the Phoenix looks like it’s a normal, five reel casino slot with twenty five fixed paylines. However, you also get a special cascading mechanism that’s similar to the Tumbling Reels of Da Vinci Diamonds and the Free Falls of Gonzo’s Quest. This is where any winning combination explodes, disappearing off the grid and leaving empty spaces into which the symbols above can drop, in turn forming new winners. If you manage to wipe out a whole reel’s worth of symbols then this will be replaced by a fiery Phoenix, turning all the stop spaces into wilds. This greatly increases your chances of hitting a huge multi-pay-line combination.

Free Spin Fun

There are no scatter symbols in Secrets of the Phoenix. Instead this game uses successive cascades to control entry into its free spin round. You’ll need to hit four successive cascades to enter this feature with seven spins – and the more cascades you hit, the more spins you’ll receive. You get to take your free spins on a second set of reels that are filled with even more wilds. As a result you can still get more spins from hitting successive cascades, although four consecutive wins will only award you with two additional spins and the rest of the bonus ladder has been trimmed down accordingly.

A Piece of the Puzzle

The final part of Secrets of the Phoenix is not actually part of the slot machine. Virgin have a special pick a win game that’s connected to this slot, which can be found in the free games section, accessed from the casino site’s central lobby. Here you get a number of goes on a pick a win grid where you can collect symbols to win cash prizes and free spins on the slot. The more times you return to this game – the better your winning chances, as you keep the symbols you get on a daily basis and there’s also a sub-game that rewards daily play. We’ve never seen anything quite like it at any other casino, so get down to Virgin and give it a go.