The mystique of the Orient has long been a cultural of intrigue for people all over the world. Short of hopping on a flight to discover the wonders of the region’s ethos in person, online casino fans will soon be able to explore the realm via Microgaming’s latest virtual poker machine, Serenity.
With a distinct Oriental theme and tranquil musical score to match, Serenity combines the peaceful equanimity of meditation with the excitement and thrill of online pokies.
Asian motifs are nothing new to online casino reels. Since we’re only privy to the developer’s Serenity teaser video for now, it’s impossible to say just how superior this new Microgaming edition might be compared to the many competitors already out there. But being unleashed by the worlds leading online slots creator, the new game does have the potential to rise to the top of the Oriental-themed pokies list.
Working against that goal, however, is one of Microgaming’s biggest flaws; something the developer has become rather notorious for. Mixed in with an array of symbols that match the game’s premise—which is essentially a throng of diversely ornate Japanese lanterns—are the generic playing card symbols of 10, J, Q, K and A.
In terms of vibrant graphics and apposite sound effects, Serenity appears to be a huge success, but overall, Microgaming’s developers may have been incredibly lazy in the creativity department.
Features of Serenity Pokies by Microgaming
Serenity features wilds, scatters, free spins, multipliers and a pick-me bonus – all features that are worthy of appreciation from the pokies loving community. The game’s casino reels run 5 across and 3 down with 15 paylines, ensuring enjoyment for low-budget players.
The game’s two most affable features are the Lantern Bonus (pick-me) and Free Spins, which comes with a 3x multiplier.
Lantern Bonus: This pick-me bonus is triggered by landing 3 or more “Lantern Bonus” symbols anywhere on the reels. The number of Lantern Bonus symbols that trigger the game appear to determine how many lanterns the player gets to select during the bonus.
Each lantern has a random prize hidden beneath. Once the player clicks 3, 4 or 5 lanterns, all prize amounts are combined the reveal to total amount won.
Free Spins Feature: 10+ free spins are awarded when 3 or more golden Scatter symbols (they look like super-ornate belt buckles) appear anywhere on the reels. This is probably the fastest and easiest way to rack up big wins, as all free spins are paid with a 3x multiplier based on the size of the triggering bet.
Coming to Microgaming Casino Reels Dec 2015
Microgaming hasn’t announced the official launch date for its newest reel spinner, except to say it will be here in December of 2015, along with two other new online pokies, Bullseye (humorous take on 1980’s British TV gameshow) and Happy Holidays (classic Christmas theme).
Traditionally speaking, Microgaming updates its software with new games during the first week of each month. With that in mind, it’s safe to say Serenity will hit the more than 100 online casinos powered by Microgaming as early as tomorrow, December 1, or at least before the upcoming weekend is over.