Dead or Alive slot review – Try it for fun
Welcome to the Wild Wild West, where life is as fast-paced as ‘The Quick and The Dead’. Enter a world with strikes of lightning across a stormy sky, a windmill turning with fury and a lantern swinging slowly as a backdrop. There is no need to prick your ears to hear the lasso hitting the ground, the faint cry of the hawk and the barking of a dog. The notorious western whistle is cut short to redirect the player’s attention to the game. Yes, the animation is that fantastic!
How it Measures Up
A classic video slot from the ever-reliable NetEnt, Dead or Alive is a fun spin if you’re into the Western theme – or even if you’re not. With 5 reels played on 3 rows, this multiple coin video slot has 9 betlines and 4 bet levels with scatter wins, wild substitutes, and the Sticky Wild feature that can help you win big. The minimum bet is 0.09 per spin and the coin range is 0.01 to 0.50.
The symbols are exquisitely detailed, with the highest value icons very recognizably related to the country and western lifestyle; whiskey shots, cowboy boots with gleaming spurs, pistols in the holster, Stetson hats, the sheriff’s golden star badges, outlaw wanted posters and scatter guns. The 10, J, K, Q and A are five of the lower-value symbols.
A similarly-named slot exists, Playtech’s Wanted Dead or Alive. This slot has a return to player value of just 92%, compared to NetEnt’s version at 96.8%. The graphics offered by Playtech can’t compete either.
The Outlaw Wanted Posters are wilds and act as a substitute for all symbols, except the bonus scatter icons. These turn into Sticky Wilds during free spins and become big wins once the Sticky Wilds start to stack up, providing 4 and 5 of a kind win after win. The scatter symbol takes the shape of a pistol, which pays when 2 or more appear on screen. What happens when you discover three or more of these scatter guns? Whilst a set of 5 earns you the highest scatter pay at 2,500 coin credits, a set of 3 or more of the Peacemaker scatter symbols carries far greater significance. This is where the big wins start as 12 free spins are awarded, allowing for more wilds and more free spins to come your way. Your wins may also be doubled. A sign that appears on the screen informs the player of the remaining spins and the multiplier is then applied (x2). When at least one Sticky Wild appears on every reel, 5 free spins are awarded. The medium and low-value symbols pay when they appear in an unbroken sequence along one betline.
Mobile Slot Review
Dead or Alive has been on the market since 2009, and the mobile version was released in 2016. The mobile slot retains most of the functionality of the desktop version, notably the free spins and sticky wilds, although it does lack the multipliers feature. Fans of the original Dead or Alive will not be disappointed with the gameplay on the mobile version. So, giddy up and get spinning on the best Wild West slot in town.