We certainly enjoy slots with plenty of bangs, crashes and action but sometimes it’s nice to change the pace and slow things down a little. That’s where slots like Serenity come into their own. Living up to its name, it’s an eastern spiritual themed slot by Microgaming. Don’t mistake quiet for boring though as there are pick me prizes, free spins and 3x multipliers on offer. Play from between 15p and £75 per spin.

The visuals in Serenity have a decidedly Asian flavour – the reels are set against a tranquil riverside backdrop that also includes a bridge and a temple and its gardens. The reels include a variety of brightly coloured Chinese lanterns as well as playing card values and scatter, wild and bonus symbols. The actions play out to an atmospheric, meditative soundtrack that certainly enhances the theme.

Find 3, 4 or 5 bonus symbols anywhere on the reels and you’ll trigger the Lantern feature – you’ll be taken to a new screen and presented with a selection of 12 lanterns, each of which will reveal a cash bonus. You’ll receive three, four or five picks depending on how many bonus symbols triggered the feature.

Three or more scatter symbols will unlock the other feature, the Free Spins feature – here you’ll be awarded 10 free spins. Any winning paylines that hit during this feature will be boosted by a 3x multiplier with all wins trebled. You can trigger even more free spins, 10 at a time, if you find three or more scatters. You can also trigger the Lantern pick me round during the free spins feature too.

As you’d expect given the subject matter, Serenity is a very simple game to play and the variance is low. It’s an ideal slot for new players looking to get plenty of play from their investment. That’s not to say that big wins aren’t possible. With maximum wins of up to 1,600 times your stake, they most certainly are. Just expect a steadier stream of smaller payouts.

There’s nothing unique on show in Serenity – Microgaming has put together a nice overall package though, combining impressive visuals with a pair of enjoyable bonus rounds. I do prefer other Asian-themed slots though like Aristocrat’s 50 Dragons or Koi Princess by NetEnt.