Dead or Alive Slots

Dead or Alive slot is game set in a Wild West town, complete with Colt pistols, ‘Wanted’ posters, cowboy hats and music resembling an early Clint Eastwood film. This is an entertaining 5 reel video slot with 9 winning lines. You can win big on this machine during the free-spins feature round, where it is possible to cover all (or most) of the reels with Sticky Wilds. There are plenty of smaller wins to keep you entertained along the way. As with all NetEnt slots, the attention to detail and graphics are excellent in this game.

You’ll find a complete overview of NetEnt Dead or Alive slot in this comprehensive review. Firstly, you will find an explanation of how to play this game. This includes a description of the setup and winning symbols, the possible coin denominations and the minimum and maximum bets. The big wins come via the bonus feature, which is described in the next section. At the end of this review I have summarized the game and added my thoughts on its appeal and where it fits in with rival slot titles.

How to play the Dead or Alive Slot

When you enter the Dead or Alive slot you are not greeted by any intro, instead you are taken straight to the Wild West scene. The backdrop of the game is like a picture taken straight from a Deadwood street. A wooden house with an oil lamp swinging from its roof, an old windmill and thundery skies together with the bar saloon like reels complete the atmosphere to play in the old west.

The game has 9 adjustable paylines on 5 reels so you’ll get to decide on how you want to gamble. The coin denominations range from 1c up to 50c and you can wager 1 – 4 coins per payline. As this game has adjustable paylines you can wager between 1c per line (9c minimum), per spin up to $18 per spin or anything in between.

The low value symbols are represented by the standard playing card icons Ten to Ace. Five aces will get you 100 coins. The payout difference between the low value and the high value symbols is quite significant. The higher value symbols offer much bigger rewards when five icons are landed. All of these symbols are typical things associated with the Wild West; a Sheriff’s badge, a pair of Colt’s, a cowboy hat, cowboy boots and whiskey tumblers complete with whiskey.

Colt 45 gun symbols are the scatters in this slot game. Getting 3+ of these anywhere on the active winning lines will get you into the free-spins feature round (see below). These symbols also have pay outs of their own, with 5 worth a generous 2500 coins. The ‘Wanted’ poster is Wild in this game, and will substitute for any symbol with the exception of the scatter. During standard play the wilds behave normally, these will become ‘Sticky’ during the free spins rounds.

Dead or Alive Slot Bonus Features

There is only a single feature in this game, though it can result in some big wins – especially if you are lucky enough to re-trigger it during play.

This is triggered by hitting 3 or more scatter symbols (the guns). You will then get 12 free spins, during which all wins are doubled. You can add 5 more spins during this game, by hitting the scatters again. The key factor which can win you a lot of money is the fact that any wilds you hit will stay on the screen for the entire bonus round. In theory a lot of the screen could be covered, meaning that each time you spin you are scooping several maximum wins. This will not happen every time you play of course – though even 4 or 5 wilds can give you the potential for a nice windfall win.

Dead or Alive Summary

The Dead or Alive slot game is a simple, easy to play game which will keep you entertained without draining your funds too fast. Like all NetEnts slots, the graphics are slick and professional and the animation and game-play super smooth.

Players seeking the big progressive jackpots will not find one here, though there is the potential for a big payday if things go well during the free spins round. For me, it is the sticky wilds during the feature that turn this slot from an attractive though simple game into something worth checking out. There are plenty of other games which do have the multi-million progressives you can choose from if that side of things appeals to you more.

There are a lot of wild-west themed slots out there from a lot of different slots creators. This one looks great and plays very smoothly. Make sure you check out Dead or Alive for yourself soon.

Associate Writer: Geoff enjoys both live and online poker as well as casino games, and is particularly knowledgeable about the legal landscape of online gambling.