Dead or Alive Slot Review + Casinos in United States

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Released May 1, 2009
Software provider Netent
RTP (return to player) 96.82 %
Volatility high
Theme Western
Reels 5
Paylines 9
Bonus game No
Free spins Yes
Wild symbol Yes
Scatter symbol Yes
Multiplier Yes
Progressive No
Top win x12,000
Bet Size 0.09-18 EUR

The Dead or Alive slot was released back in 2009. Nonetheless, it looks more than modern. And it is surely no worse than the latest provider’s games. Vivid, bright, having nice animation and interesting features, it is attractive to players even in ten years after its release.

The theme of the slot can be described as “Old West” with lots of attributes of this genre of stories (fiction) including revolvers, cowboy boots, hats of nomadic gunfighters and “wanted” posters.

The main characters are 5 cowboys (more precisely, the 5 different wanted posters with photos of these cowboys) who look like real gangsters with guns in their hands and scary faces. The plot is simple, the sheriff (we can see only his badge) is looking for these five cowboys. And the cowboys are obviously considered wrongdoers who supposed to get in jail.

The slot is created in a classic way. It has 3 rows and 5 reels, but 9 unfixed paylines which was something new. The numbers of paylines can be found on both sides of the slot table. They change their positions every time you make a new bet.

The betting line will pay if a win combination is situated in the following direction: from the left side to the right side.

Betting mechanics

There is no opportunity to choose such parameter as coin size and coin per line. You are able to set the only coin value and “level”. What exactly do these parameters mean? The coin value is a parameter that affects the bet size. The higher the coin value, the bigger the bet size. It ranges from 0,01 and 0,5. So, if the coin value is 0,01, then bet size will equal 0,36 EUR. And if the coin value is 0,5, then bet size will be 18 EUR (max bet).

You can set the level of bet size as well. And due to the fact that bet size depends on not only coin value but also the “level” of bet, the coin value can be applied with 4 different bet levels which change the bet. So that maximum bet (if coin value will be 0,5 and level of bet size will be 4) is 18 EUR and the minimum bet is 0,09 EUR.

There is a button “max bet” is right near the “play” button that automatically set maximum possible bet size even before you start spinning the reels.

Slot symbols

The total amount of symbols in Dead or alive slot equals to 16 different items. These symbols include the following ones: 10 main symbols, 1 Scatter symbol and 5 Wild symbols which actually can be considered as only one symbol. In this case, there will just 12 symbols in total. But there are 5 different cowboys depicted on this kind of symbol. So, I assume, they can be counted as 5 different symbols.

The highest paying symbols among the main ones is the sheriff's badge. If you catch 5 such symbols you will get 1000 coins, if there are only 4 symbols on the table you will get 125 coins and if you collect 3 of such badges you will get merely 20 coins which is quite a low result.

The lowest paying symbol is the “10” face of the card. So, you are supposed to get 25 coins if there are all five “10” cards will be collected. You will get 10 coins for four “10” symbols, and 2 coins- for only tree 10 symbols that you have caught.

Speaking about highest win per line, as I’ve already mentioned, you will get 2500 coins in the case if you collect all five symbols with Scatter (with a picture of crossed fireguns on it). Among ordinary symbols, the symbol with the Sheriff’s sign is paid higher than others. In the case of catching the 5 of sheriff’s badge symbols, you will get 1000 coins.

As for Wild symbol, it looks like a poster with “wanted” sign on it. The exact pictures of wanted cowboys are different and can be found on the first page of the “info” tab. To notice, there 5 cowboys are traced in general.

The Wild symbol is able to replace all symbols except the Scatter symbol.

The Scatter symbol in this particular slot is depicted as two guns that crossed and some bullets that lay in front of these guns.

Slot Bonus Features

Almost every slot has Free spins feature, but they differ significantly regarding the way that triggers them. So, here, in Dead or alive slot, you could get 12 Free spins if you get 3 or more Scatter symbols.

Besides ordinary Wild symbol, this slot has Sticky Wild symbol, that appears only during Free spins and hold their position.

During Free spins round, if one or two Sticky Wild appears, you will get 5 additional Free spins.

As for bonus game, there is no any entertaining game that can bring some extra money. Though, Sticky Wild feature can be estimated as a bonus. Sticky Wild symbols hold the position on reels till Free spins round ends.

Special Features

The “Dead or alive” slot has its own features that I want to tell you about. Firstly, the Sticky Wild is a unique feature, it adds fun to the game and brings an opportunity to get a bigger winning. Secondly, there are some rules regarding Free spins game. Free spins can be re-triggered during Free spin session which gives to a player some extra chances to hit a jackpot.

With regards to the Multiplier, every win during Free spins session will pay x2, so all your winning will be doubled.

This slot doesn’t offer a progressive jackpot. Though, thanks to the multiplier applying during free spins session, your win can be really impressive.

RTP and Volatility

Return to player (RTP) is a coefficient that characterizes what percentage of your bet that you get back in long-distance. The average RTP coefficient on the market equals to 96-97%.

Due to the fact that RTP of Dead or alive slot is 96.82%, I can say that it is quite a high coefficient. So, the slot offers pretty good conditions for the players.

The volatility level is high. As a result, your win could be significantly higher than in other slots, but probably you will win not as often as you wanted (less frequent winnings).

Graphics and Sound

I liked the graphics in this game. It doesn’t have mind-blowing animations and sound effects, but, in general, its interface is still attractive to players. All the pictures are unique and thanks to well-considered plot can be estimated as exclusive and fascinating even these days.

In Conclusion

There are some pros and cons that a slot Dead or alive has, and I’ve made the list of the slot’s pros and cons for you.

Pros of slot Dead or Alive:

  • high RTP level

  • good graphics, sound and animations

  • the theme is unique

  • free spins multiplier (x2)

  • HTML5 supported

Cons of slot Dead or Alive:

  • high volatility

  • arguably, not so big winnings as they could be

As you can see, there are lots of pros, and the cons are disputed.

My opinion

Summing up, I would say that Dead or alive is a good-performed slot with a fascinating unique theme, nice animation, high RTP level and pretty good bonuses (and as a result, an opportunity to get big enough winning).

Of course, the first thing that attracted me was a good design, unusual sound effects and the theme with a great plot that allowed me to relocate to old West and try to catch the bad cowboys striving to slip away from the punishment.

The high level of volatility is not my favourite option in online slots, but it can bring big money, so it is not bad at all.

I would recommend this slot to those of you who like well-performed games with a unique theme and good RTP.