Dead or Alive takes you to the outskirts of a town in the Old West, where the stormy sky is a good indicator of the action that is about to go down. On the pokie reels you’ll find a range of symbols relating to the era. There are guns in their holsters, cowboy boots complete with spurs, six-gallon hats, sheriff’s badges, shots of whiskey, wanted posters and more. You always know a slot game is good if it spawns a sequel, and this original game has done exactly that.
This NetEnt designed pokie is an atmospheric game, seemingly always leading up to the showdown of the main feature. Wanted posters are central to the bonuses in Dead or Alive. Here are the key features of this high variance slot game:
The scatter symbol in Dead or Alive shows two crossed pistols with three bullets lying in between. Land 2, 3 or 4 scatter symbols and you’ll win 2x, 4x or 25x your total bet respectively. However, if you manage to land the scatter on all five reels, you’ll win an incredible 2,500x your total bet, a win equating to a casino-busting 22,500 coins!
Landing 3 or more of the scatters will also get you entry into the free spins bonus feature, where you’ll be awarded a total of 12 free spins. Throughout the free spins feature all wins are multiplied by 2.
During the free spins a set of individual wanted posters now act as wilds, with a different character appearing on each reel. The wilds are sticky throughout the feature, meaning that once they appear, they will remain in place. By the end of the feature you could have a real collection of wilds in play, ensuring some big winning spins, especially when you consider that 2x multiplier in play.
As an added extra, if you collect at least of one each of the five wanted posters you’ll be able to retrigger the feature, adding an extra 5 spins to your total. With at least one wild on every reel at this point, these additional spins could be real money spinners. The feature can only be retriggered once.
Dead or Alive is a five-reel pokie featuring a small total of just 9 win-lines (making this a perfect pokie for those who like to keep the cost of a spin down). Aside from the incredible prizes offered by the scatter, the highest paying standard symbol is the sheriff’s badge, worth 1,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. The gun and holster combination pays 750 coins, while the six-gallon hat pays 400. The cowboy boots and the shot glasses are worth 300 and 200 coins respectively.
The pay table is completed by the playing card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A, paying top prizes of between 100 and 25 coins.
The ‘wanted’ wild symbol substitutes for all other symbols apart from the scatter.
The backdrop to the Dead or Alive shows a stormy evening, with lightning bolts firing down from the dark grey clouds. The American plain, with its rock formations sit in the distance, while the edge of a wooden shack can be seen in the foreground, with a lamp swinging back and forth in the wind.
Whistles and the sounds of dogs barking can be heard in the background, adding a nice sense of atmosphere. The whole scene changes when you enter the feature, as you are taken inside to a bar setting – perfect for a Western themed pokie, as that is always where the action starts.
NetEnt have come up with an ideal pokie for all lovers of Spaghetti Westerns. While you never see the gunfight action, it is hinted at throughout, and there is always an edge of tension while you spin. The game play is enjoyable, with the chance of some incredible wins, especially when those scatters start lining up. Enter the free spins feature and you’ve got sticky wilds in the mix, ensuring the biggest winning chances are at the end. Retrigger the feature, and you’ll have five potentially big spins to finish!