Dead or Alive is a Wild West themed slot by NetEnt and visually it is a masterpiece with 5 reels set between the bars and against the backdrop of menacing dark sky of Wild West. Everything is ready for a new chase of the outlaws. You are the sheriff and the badge, cowboy boots, guns and shots of whiskey are waiting for you.
Each click on any button is the sound of a whip forcing you to hurry up as those wanted rascals are getting farther away by the second. Along the way you can benefit from 12 Free Spins and Sticky “Wanted”posters that pose as wilds. The 9 paylines hold a top prize of 54,000 coins for the cowboy who brings the outlaws to justice.
Award-winning Swedish developer NetEnt are one of the leaders of the online gaming industry and we couldn’t expect anything less than pure brilliance from their slots. This is one of the names that sets the new trends in the slots development business. Their extensive portfolio includes a wide range of superb slots and Dead or Alive is one of them.
How to Play It
Dead or alive is a pretty simple shooting affair. The 5×3 reel set features 9 paylines and you can choose the number of active lines or leave all of them active all the time. What you can also choose is the level of your bet and the coin value. The slot is available from as little as $0.09, but you can also bet the maximum amount of $18 by hitting the Maxbet button.
The game controls are as sharp as the entire reel set and they give the impression of actually sitting in a saloon preparing for the next gun fight. The brilliantly designed icons that will pay the most are sheriff’s badge which pays a maximum of 1,000 for five of a kind. The next in line is the holster with a gun in it paying 750 credits for five same images. Cowboy hat and boots pay 400 and 300 credits respectively while the whiskey shots pay 200. The bottom of the payouts table is reserved for the playing cards symbols A, K, J, Q and 10.
The Wanted poster represents the Wild icon of the game and it will stand in place of any other symbol if it is needed to form a paying combination. That does not apply to Scatter, though.
The Scatter is depicted as two crossed guns with fired bullets and the Scatter is the only symbol that pays in any position while the rest of the symbols pay from left to right.
Things are pretty simple in the Wild West. It all comes down to chasing five wanted outlaws through the Free Spins round. First you will need three or more icons of guns found anywhere on the reels and that is when the ride can start.
The Scatters will trigger 12 Free Spins where all wins are doubled and if you happen to find the combination of three or more guns again, the feature will re-activate. However, the Free Spins can be activated only once during the free games.
The Wanted poster, that is, the Wild icon now has five different faces of outlaws on it and they all appear as Sticky Wilds on the reels. Should it occur that one or more of the outlaws appears on all the reels five extra spins will be added to your tally as a reward. This means that you can get up to 29 Free Spins per one free games round.
As you can see Dead or Alive keeps things down to the basics in the special features department but that does not mean that it will be easy to bring down those bandits. The game comes with high variance.
Dead or Alive is a cheap slot as it comes available from $0.09 per spin, while the maximum amount you can stake is $18. Not too much and definitely not enough for high-rollers.
However, the symbols pay quite nicely with the Scatter on top paying 2,500 coins for five of a kind. The Wild is the second in line of top-paying symbols with a return of 1,500 coins for five identical icons. The top prize of the game that can be won on any spin is 54,000 coins.
Dead or Alive is one of those slots that revolve around typical and uncomplicated features and precisely that is the beauty of it. Paired with brilliant imagery and superb graphics the features blend in perfectly and give you the impression of going back through time. Game play wise it is a high variance spinner which can pay off for the money invested but you will have to go through a couple of dry spells.