Ways of the Phoenix Game Review

Ways of the Phoenix online slot casino game by Playtech.

Dragon vs phoenix: ding-ding-ding! Playtech presents Ways of the Phoenix, an epic, 5×5, all-ways online video slot set in the golden skies of a mythical land. Enjoy the stunning visual battle of the red firebird, which represents good fortune and rebirth, and the blue water dragon, symbolizing power and strength. With up to 3,125 ways to win, a free-spins bonus round, and the colossal win potential of up to 62,500 times your bet, this oriental-themed online slot game offers a deeply engaging and immersive experience to US players.

Game overview

Ways of the Phoenix immerses you in a realm of mysticism and magic. This 5 reel, 5-row online slot machine has 45 paylines and an RTP (return to player) of 95.98, which while relatively low, makes up for it with high volatility, making the jackpot well worth your time. Speaking of the jackpot, you have the opportunity to win up to 62,500x your bet when you hit a full screen of phoenixes (now that would be winning big)! So sit back and enjoy the relaxing Asian flute, choir harmonies, and wind chimes as you spin the reels – on either mobile or desktop –with this magical online casino slot.

How to play

Ways of the Phoenix online casino slot by Playtech.

Looking at the game window, you’ll find the “Info” button, which will reveal the paytable on the bottom left, and the “Spin” button on the bottom right. Adjust your bet amount by choosing between 0.25 and 100 coins. See your wins in the center of the play buttons, and find the “Autoplay” option to the left of the Spin, which will enable you to set up between 10 and 99 uninterrupted consecutive spins. Low-paying symbols can land in 2-symbol-high stacks, while the dragon and phoenix symbols can super-stack at all times. Win by lining up adjacent symbols from left to right.


Artistic visuals of the golden phoenix perched on one side of the reels, and the blue and purple dragon inhabiting the other half of the screen truly bring to life the ethereal atmosphere of this online casino slot. You’ll see deep red colors across the reels and play buttons, as well as a variety of Chinese symbols. 

Ten regular-paying symbols consist of variously shaped gemstones in 5 colors, an ancient scroll, 3 gold coins, a Chinese drum, and, of course, the dragon and phoenix. The wild symbol is represented by a dragon claw holding a golden ball, and the scatter is a violet orb. 

Enjoy sensory delights as the reels light up “on fire” and festive music plays when you score a winning combo, as well as when the ice cracks and the reels expand to reveal previously locked paylines after every consecutive win. This emphasizes the fire-and-ice theme that’s present throughout your gaming experience.


Game window at the start of Ways of the Phoenix, an online slot casino game by Playtech.

Expand the reels with the Rising Kingdoms feature, which takes your potential to win from 45 ways up to 3,125! The game window starts with a 1-2-5-3-1 format. The surrounding positions are covered with ice blocks, keeping them locked. The Rising Kingdom feature melts the ice and expands the reels when you hit consecutive wins, gradually opening the game window up to the full 5×5 format, with 3,125 ways to win. 

Your first winning spin expands the reels, increasing the number of ways from 45 to 135 ways. The second sees you up to 405 ways, the third reaches 675 ways, the fourth consecutive win offers 1,125 ways, and finally, your max win potentially reaches 3,125 ways with 5 consecutive wins! The reels will remain expanded until a losing spin occurs, which will gradually ice the outer positions back up until you hit another winning spin.

Bonuses and jackpots

Ways of the Phoenix is the gift that keeps on giving! When you land 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols, you’ll trigger 8, 20, or 50 free spins respectively! A coin win of 3x, 20x, or 50x is also awarded. Each additional 2 scatters landed during the free-spins feature will also get you 2 extra spins. This feature can be retriggered indefinitely! Also, unlike in the base game, the reels will expand with each winning combo, but not shrink after a non-winning spin. Now we know you’ll be keeping your eyes peeled for those purple orbs!

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