DEAD OR ALIVE
Dead or Alive is an interesting video slot game developed by industry leader NetEnt, featuring 5 reels and only 9 paylines. The theme of the game is based around the Wild West and features some of the most notorious outlaws of all time including Jesse James and Billy the Kid as well as other recognizable items such as glasses of whisky, the sheriff’s badge, boots with spurs, cowboy hats and gun belts.
All accompanied by a tacky but convincing soundtrack coming from a deserted town, with classic ‘Western’ sounds such as creaking doors, the owl, tumbling weeds and a barking dog. The game is packed with rich graphics, sharp and well-designed icons and the sounds do complement the large payouts. In the exciting bonus round players will relish the opportunity to become the game’s hero by apprehending ‘wanted’ bandits.
With 9 paylines this is an affordable choice, and even though it can’t offer the gigantic payouts of some other video slots from the same developer, it doesn’t ignore exciting features that can bring about large wins. The maximum bet supported on the game is $/€/£18 per spin so this probably won’t be a favourite for high rollers.
In keeping with the game theme, the Wild is represented by the Wanted poster. This symbol will not multiply cash prizes, but will help complete winning combinations as it can appear anywhere on the reels. There is also a Sticky Wild feature which is enabled during the free spin round, when the standard wild becomes sticky and holds its position on the reels for the remaining free spins.
The scatter icon in the form of two crossed pistols is the key to triggering the free spin round. 2 or more scatters appearing on the reels will guarantee instant wins. If you land 3 or more scatters, then the free spin round will be activated.
Given that there are only 9 bet lines in play in this game, the potential max return is lower than one would generally anticipate from a video slot. Yet, players can still collect some exciting rewards. In the base game, the maximum payout of 1,500 coins is netted by landing 5 wilds on a payline. The highest payouts come from the free spin round, where players can earn up to 3,000 times the initial bet for a total of $/€/£54,000.
The bonus feature in this slot game is represented by the free spin round, which requires at least 3 scatter symbols to be triggered. When the bonus round starts, players will be granted 12 free spins and all of the payouts during the round will be see their value doubled. Considering that the Sticky Wilds are also in play here, there are excellent chances of accumulating cash prizes. This free spin round can also be re-triggered when one or more sticky wilds appear on every reel, at which point an additional 5 spins will be awarded.
When you are done with the free demo, you can bet real money to PLAY FOR REAL
Game Settings and How To Play
Before you start playing, select the coin value and the number of coins you are betting with (bet level, 1 to 4) using the + or – signs. Coin values range from 0.01 to 0.50 and bets from *0.01 to *18, thanks to possibility of selecting the number of bet lines (1-9). Players can customise the game by switching on or off sound effects and music but not animations or graphics, possibly because they are not too rich and heavy.
Game history can be accessed when playing for real money. Common features such as quick spin option for quick play mode, Max Bet and an auto-play are also available in this game. You can set a number of automatic spins (between 10 and 1,000), sit back and relax whilst the reels keep spinning.