Dead or Alive is a 5-reel slot with 3 rows that enjoys the status of a classic in the NetEnt canon. As the name suggests, this game is themed on the Wild West and the outlaws who took refuge in the American frontier. So what else can you expect from this NetEnt offering? High-volatility, an RTP of 96.82%, 9 paylines, sticky wilds, scatters, and rounds of free spins.
Paytable and Payouts
The reels are placed within a wooden bulletin board of the kind you most certainly have seen in Western movies. This is where announcements for wanted criminals were posted. The symbols you can rely on for getting a payout are all related to the wild frontier theme of Dead or Alive.
The sheriff badge gives you 1,000x your wager per line while the gun in the holster offers prizes of up to 750x for five matches. This is followed by the cowboy hat that yields rewards of 400x for five of a kind. Five symbols with cowboy boots or glasses of whiskey pay 300x and 200x the line bet, respectively.
The low paying symbols are represented by the usual cards 10, J, Q, K, and A. These come with a prize range of 2x to 100x depending on the specific card and the number of matches you score. You need at least three symbols to turn a profit, with winning combinations aligning on the paylines from the leftmost to the rightmost side of the screen.
Extra Features and Symbols of Interest
So what’s in store in terms of special features in Dead or Alive? The developers have equipped the slot with two types of wild symbols. The regular wild contains a Wanted poster and pays 1,500x your line stake. It naturally serves its usual purpose of substituting everything excluding the scatter.
There are five sticky wilds here, represented by posters displaying the faces of wanted outlaws. These are also substitution symbols but the interesting thing about them is that they remain in their positions on the reels for the entire duration of the bonus feature. They also enable you to retrigger more bonus rounds. When one or more sticky wilds land on the reels during the feature, they award 5 extra bonus spins.
Speaking of free spins, you can activate these by landing three or more scattered gun symbols during any round in the base game. You start with 12 bonus rounds and can retrigger them once per free spin session with the sticky wilds. The spins have a 2x multiplier on the wins.
Dead or Alive may have a limited number of winning lines but is nevertheless worth checking out for its lucrative bonus feature. The graphics are superb as one would expect from a software studio of this caliber. The authentic saloon music and gunshot sounds further improve the experience this NetEnt release has to offer.