Dead or Alive Slot from NetEnt
Dead or Alive is an online slot which transports you back to 19th century America, a time when cowboys ruled the roost.
This NetEnt designed slot features symbols such as cowboy boots, sheriff’s badges, wanted posters, a wide brimmed Stetson, a gun in its holster and a shot of whiskey.
The highlight of this game is the free spins bonus round – where sticky wilds make an appearance, giving you the potential for some bigger wins.
How to Win on Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive is a five-reel slot with 9 win lines. As usual in any Western town, it’s the sheriff who runs things, and the sheriff symbol here is the highest paying of all the standard symbols, worth 1,000 coins for the maximum 5 in a row. The gun and its holster has a top prize 750 coins, while the white Stetson pays out 500 coins. The cowboy boots (300 coins) and the shot of whiskey (200 coins) are joined by the playing card symbols from 10 to Ace in completing the standard symbols. All of the payouts can be found on the pay table and I’d have to advise you to look at this, simply for the brilliant whip-cracking sound effect you hear as you move from page to page!
The symbol you’ll want to see more than any other is the wild, this is represented by a wanted poster. Land five of these in a row and you’ll win 1,500 coins. As a wild, it will substitute for any other symbol on the reels except the pistols scatter.
Wanted: The Dead or Alive Bonus Feature
The final symbol on the reels shows two guns in an X formation with bullets underneath, and this acts as the scatter. Land 2, 3 or 4 of these anywhere across the reels and you’ll win 2x, 4x or 25x your total stake. Hitting one on each of the five reels will see you gain a massive payout of 2,500x your total stake (the equivalent of 22,500 coins if you are playing all 9 lines). Added to this, if you should manage to land three or more scatters you’ll also gain entry into the free spins feature.
In the feature you’ll have a total of 12 free spins, but this is where the wild symbol will come into its own. Every time you land a wild it will become sticky, meaning it will remain in place for the entire duration of the free spins. If you hit all 5 different designs of sticky wanted posters, you will get an extra 5 free spins. The way this bonus works means you will often have a lot of wilds in view for your last few spins – giving you the potential for some bigger wins.
Western Design and Setup
Dead or Alive is set against the backdrop of a Western Town, with a lamp swinging in the wind, while lightning lights up the night sky in the distance. The accompanying sound features the creaking of the wooden town, the sound of crows and a dog barking, which really helps to set the scene. On the reels, each of the symbols is very nicely designed, while the playing card symbols appear in a Western style font, which is a nice touch. During the feature, the wild wanted posters each feature a different character, which really adds to the game.
It’s unusual to find a five-reel slot with so few win lines at 9, however you can even go lower and play any number between 1 and 9 lines. You’ll also set the bet level, which ranges from 1 to 4, meaning a maximum spin cost of 36 credits, which you’ll play for your own chosen credit amount. The auto play button, which you’ll find at the bottom of the screen, allows you to set the slot running for between 10 and 1,000 spins without interruption.
This NetEnt designed slot is solid and has a smooth and fast feel to it – though I am not sure that it stands out in the crowded ‘Western’ niche for online slots. The free spins bonus is the only feature, and while the sticky wilds help to produce some bigger wins, this is not too different from the base game. For me the quality NetEnt production and potential for a big scatter win of 2500x your total stake does add to the appeal.