Dead or Alive is a five-reel slot and is often referred to as one of the classics from popular developers, NetEnt.
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Dead or Alive offers simple gameplay on a five-by-three playing area. It features nine paylines, which means fewer winning combinations that can be made when you spin the reels. The reels of the video slot are set against a thunderous sky and the fields of the Wild West.
Even the slot's symbols are based on the theme, but this will be covered later on. The stakes range of Dead or Alive is on the low-budget side, making it ideal for all players regardless of their gambling budget. The betting range stands at €0.09 to €18.
To play this game, you click on the spin button underneath the reels. There is also an autoplay function that can spin the reels for you up to a thousand times. The slot interface is easy to understand, and the payout is calculated as soon as you land a winning combination.
As you would expect, the Dead or Alive slot features different Wild West symbols, including higher-paying, lower-paying, and bonus symbols. The highest paying symbol is the scatter, which is represented by two guns. It offers a payout of 2,500x your line bet when you land five on a payline. It also pays out 25x, 4x, and 2x your line bet for landing four, three, or two across the reels.
Next is the wanted poster symbol, which functions as the wild. It gives you 1,500x your line bet when you land five on a payline. The wild also offers 150x and 25x when you hit four or three on a payline.
Apart from the bonus symbols, the slot offers the average-paying symbols. There is the sheriff’s badge with a payout of 1,000x your line bet for landing five. The gun holster offers 750x while the Stetson hat pays out 400x whenever you land five. There are also cowboy boots and whiskey tumblers with payouts of 300x and 200x, respectively, when you hit five across the reels.
Dead or Alive also offers lower-paying symbols represented by playing cards A, K, Q, J, and 10. They offer 100x, 75x, 50x, 40x, and 25x your line bet when you land five of them on a payline.
There are two Dead or Alive bonus features you should be looking out for multiplier free spins and sticky wilds. If you land three or more of the scatter symbol, which is also the highest paying, you activate the free spins feature.
This bonus offers 12 free spins for starters with a 2x multiplier on all wins. Before the free spins are awarded to you, the slot will first calculate your payout, depending on how many scatters you landed. After this, you can play with the 2x multiplier free spins.
If you can land three or more scatters during the free spins feature, you get to retrigger this feature, leading to 24 free spins in total. Dead or Alive also offers a feature preview option that you can click on to check how the free spins work.
Another Dead or Alive bonus to look out for is the sticky wilds. The wanted poster wild becomes sticky when you’re playing with the free spins. This means that they will remain locked in position while you play with free spins. Also, anytime you get a sticky wild, you receive one extra free spin. Unfortunately, you can only reactivate the free spins once when playing this slot.
The Dead or Alive RTP, which is 96.82%, is well above average. It also offers high volatility, which means few wins with big payouts every once in a while. The slot requires patience as there is a low chance of triggering the bonus feature and/or landing big wins as you play.