Whenever you watch a good movie, there is always a slight worry when a sequel comes out? Will it match up to the original? Will it have the same feel? It’s the same in online pokie gaming, where you hope a sequel will be at least as good as the original. In Dead or Alive II, you’ve got a NetEnt game that sticks to the mood of the original slot, while greatly enhancing the game play and visuals. Yes, you’ve still got the gun and holster, the cowboy boots, the whiskey and more on the reels, but this game is much improved over the original.
Dead or Alive II is an engaging and atmospheric game, where you get to choose the bonus feature. Here are the most ‘wanted’ features of this high variance pokie:
Dead or Alive II uses scatter symbols that show a pair of crossed pistols beneath the skull of a buffalo. This scatter offers an incredible pay of 2,500x your total bet when it appears on all five reels (the equivalent of a 22,500-coin win), while 2, 3 or 4 scatters pay 2x, 4x or 25x your total bet respectively.
Hit three or more scatters and you’ll enter the free spins bonus feature, where you’ll get to choose between the following three features:
Old Saloon Free Spins – In this feature, all wins are multiplied by 2. This feature includes sticky wilds, which will remain on the reels throughout the feature. Land each of the five wild characters during the feature and you’ll gain an additional five free spins. This bonus feature follows the single bonus game available in the original Dead or Alive pokie.
High Noon Saloon Free Spins – In this feature whenever 2 wild symbols appear on the same reel, each will play host to a 2x multiplier. Three wilds on the same reel mean a 3x multiplier! Once again, sticky wilds are in play and if you land a wild character on each of the reels, five more spins are added to the total.
Train Heist Free Spins – For this feature, there is a multiplier in place. This starts at 1x but every time a wild appears on the reels, the multiplier is increased by 1. If you manage to boost the multiplier all the way up to 16x, you’ll be awarded an additional 5 free spins at the end.
Each of the free spins features has the same expected value, so your choice should simply come down to which of the three features you enjoy the most.
Dead or Alive II is a five-reel pokie featuring a total of 9 win-lines. This allows you to bet bigger coin sizes than for a 30+ line pokie. The sheriff’s star is the highest paying symbol, worth 1,000 coins for the maximum 5 in a row, followed by the gun and holster, the hat, the cowboy boots and the whiskey.
Completing the pay table are the playing card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A.
The five wild symbols (wanted posters) all substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter.
The setting for Dead or Alive II is an old Western town with a church in the distance. Rock formations loom large to the left of the scene. A wooden construction plays host to the reels with the coloured win-line indicators swaying in the wind. The five characters stand out on the reels as wilds, each coming to life with animation whenever you land a win. The game creates atmosphere perfectly with the soundtrack – the occasional Western twang mixing with bells ringing, dog barking and the crack of thunder from the dark sky above.
NetEnt has done a fine job in creating this sequel. While the original game was popular and very playable, this new pokie takes the theme to a whole new level. The base game plays in a similar way to the original, although the graphics are greatly enhanced, especially around the five characters. However, it’s the choice of free spins features that really make Dead or Alive II. Choose from three very different features and hopefully see the dirty money roll in.