When this time of the year rolls around and the fuss and excitement that comes with Christmas takes hold, it seems that enjoying some peace and quiet is the least accessible thing you can find.
If you crave a little down-time away from the festive bustle, then why not take a look at the fantastic new Serenity slot?
You only have to glance at the name to gain an understanding of what the slot is about and this feeling of contentment and well-being is promoted from within the slot by a beautiful setting as a backdrop. Misty topped mountains at sunset, with a babbling brook winding its way down the valley and over what looks like a pagoda.
The gentle sound that accompanies the game also helps promote the right feeling. There's no big bangs and whistles here, instead just a number of gentle sound effects to help you relax and enjoy what is happening on screen.
This is a slot where if you don't actually look beyond the reels from time to time, you can easily forget to appreciate just how beautiful the graphics are.
That brings us neatly to the general basics of the slot. Serenity is a 5x3 slot which offers up to 15 selectable paylines in play. You can therefore decide how many paylines you want in operation and you can actually get the reels spinning on this slot for an incredible 0.01 per spin if you bet the minimum, although you can ramp this up considerably to an incredible 75.00 per spin if you prefer.
What this means is that Serenity is scalable to play for players of every bankroll size and to have all reels in play costs as little as 0.15 per spin, which is great value for a modern day online slot, especially when you consider that landing the biggest win available on the slot can lead to a 120,000-coin payout.
The symbols on the reels have the usual playing card low symbols, but this does fit in well with the overall theme of eastern relaxation as the remaining symbols are all eastern themed, even if it is not easy to actually discern what some of the unusual patterns and items are.
While the symbols may not be so easy to recognise, the key symbols in the game are. The Wild symbol is labelled as such and other in game symbols that offer additional features, such as the Lantern Bonus and the scatter symbol are also easily identifiable.
Perhaps a slightly disappointing fact is that when the Wild symbol is used to complete a payline it doesn't offer a multiplier bonus, but pays out at the stated rate for a standard payline win. A multiplier bonus would have certainly been a welcome addition here.
There are two other key features of the game that are well worth taking a note of and the first of these is the free spins round.
This is triggered when a player lands three, four or five of the in game scatter symbols anywhere across the five reels. When this is achieved, the player automatically receives 10 free spins and during this round, every win you receive is subject to a 3x multiplier.
That's not all though as during free spins, if you can land a further three, four or five scatter symbols across the reels, then you'll re-trigger another 10 free spins, with another 3x multiplier.
The other symbol to note on the reels is the Lantern Bonus symbol and this feature can be activated in both the base game, but also the free spins round (when activated during free spins, free spins will play out and you will then be taken to the Lantern Bonus screen).
When you trigger the Lantern Bonus, you enter a selection game where you can select three, four or five symbols (depending on how many Lantern Bonus symbols you landed across the reels) out of the 12 objects in the Lantern Bonus.
When you select each Lantern in the bonus round, it will light up to reveal a mystery prize, which will then be credited to your balance. Once you've finished selecting your lanterns, the other bonuses will be revealed and you will return to the base game.
What is certainly true is that Microgaming have developed a slot here that may have a distinctly Asian theme, but it will certainly also appeal to players across all demographics. It has the simplicity to be easily played by a novice slot player, yet retains enough features and a decent sized jackpot winning amount, to ensure that it is an attractive proposition for more experienced players too.
So why not enjoy some rare peace and quiet as often as you can, by loading up the new Serenity slot at your favourite casino today?
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