Microgaming have come out with a jackpot that, even by name, inspires deep calm. Something you might need when you lose those fivers. Serenity delivers on the graphics side of things with a slow, relaxing score and some big rewards. Although, could they not have found something a bit more original instead of yet another oriental themed slot? There are already quite a few of them out there. Still, unoriginal doesn’t always equate to bad. Does Serenity’s features make up for it’s less-than-unique theme? Read on to find out more.
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|Release Date||December 2015|
|Casino||Hippodrome Mobile Casino|
|Slot type||Video slot|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.7%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 15 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||15p – £75|
|Max Win||3x your wager|
|Free Spins||Up to 10 free spins|
|Features||Lantern Feature, Scatter Symbols|
|Pros||Relaxing, cool jackpot, smooth performance.|
|Cons||Lazy design, poor features, underwhelming.|
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Serenity operates on a 5-wheel, 15 payline basis and can offer up to 10 free spins when you play. It’s the rather standard formula really. Click the button, spin the reel. If you get a 3, 4 or 5 bonus symbol you could end up earning the chance to win in the Lantern Bonus feature (more about that in the next section).
Other than that, there isn’t much else to say about the gameplay for Serenity. It’s simple with not much variety which for some could be satisfactory (not everyone likes a billion bonuses interrupting their gameplay). Others (and this is probably the majority) would find this very dull and offers little opportunity to reach that promised jackpot. Limited options, wouldn’t you say?
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Mentioned in the previous section, the Lantern Bonus is (sadly) Serenity’s only bonus feature which is rather lame. The bonuses are quite big, some going up to £600 in prize money which makes up for the lack of any other real features.
Other than that, you have the Scatter Symbols feature which only means that symbols are randomised, and the Free Spins feature which can be found in any other slot anyway. This is rather disappointing. Not to mention pathetic.
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The graphics of this game are pretty damn smooth. For what Serenity lacks in content it makes up with excellent graphics with not a single jolt or delay when pressing that spin button. It’s kind of like that first-person shooter game you want for Christmas even though you’ve no idea what the playability is like (you can only go off the fantastic graphics you see in TV ads).
As mentioned, the theme is oriental (yawn!) with some nice sound design, floating Chinese lanterns and cheery blossom. At least when NetEnt did it, they used anime. This is just faceless, unimaginative, emptiness.
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Besides the Lantern Feature, there is almost nothing new here and that saddens us. It’s almost as if Microgaming were tasked with making a new game over the weekend with pretty average results. I mean, even the logo doesn’t stand out that well. This is what you get when you’re lazy with your aesthetics and gameplay. But then, this isn’t the first time Microgaming have done this.
Although it’s not terrible (it’s at least playable) this game’s lack of originality just reeks of laziness and underwhelming creativity. Not only does it blend into the background of other oriental-themed slots but it fades away into obscurity. The severe lack of content and unbelievably lacklustre variance make it pretty dull but the performance is smooth and competent despite its flaws. But we know Microgaming are better than this. If only they’d prove us to be correct.