Dead or Alive

by NetEnt
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Game features
May 2009
Bet Size
€0.09 - 18
Max Win
Extra Spins, Extra Wild, Free Spins, Multiplier, Retrigger, Scatter, Sticky Wild, Wild
Wild West

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Pros and cons
  • Top prize worth 12,000x a bet
  • Free spins with sticky wilds
  • Free spins can be retriggered
  • Only one bonus mode
  • Just 9 paylines to win on

Dead or Alive Slot Review

Queue the Wild West music as you stand opposite to your opponent waiting for the rolling tumbleweed to pass in order for the gunfight to begin. Will you be the first to draw and shoot or will you die miserably? Spin to find out!

Dead or Alive might sound like just another Wild West-themed slot but it is far from that. Starting with the visuals, the background consists of a thunderstorm covering the sunlight as the wind moves lanterns hanging from the houses back and forth and the windmills are going out of control. The reels appear as the entrance to a saloon while on their sides you’ll find payline indicators and the logo of the game sitting on top.

As for the mechanics, Dead or Alive works in the same way as most other slots do. The reels start spinning at the same time and come to stop individually in consecutive order with winning symbols becoming animated and triggering a short audio effect.

There are dozens of Wild West themed slots but none of them is like this one. Well, except for the sequel Dead or Alive 2 by NetEnt, your chances of finding a similar game are close to none. Now, let’s focus on the game in question!

How to Play Dead or Alive

The game consists of 3 rows and 5 reels with 9 fixed paylines. The controls are found below the reels allowing players to enable the autoplay or max bet functions, adjust the bet size, spin, or enter the in-game menu for further gameplay customization.

Regarding the stakes, the minimum bet is $0.09 while the maximum is $18 per spin. Dead or Alive is a high volatility game meaning that winning spins may occur infrequently but the chances of them being large are better. That said, the most you can win is 12,000x your stake which is extremely high. The game’s RTP is fairly high as well at 96.82%.

Dead or Alive features 5 low paying and 5 high paying symbols. The first come in the form of card values 10-A followed by a shot of whisky, a pair of boots, a revolver belt, a cowboy hat, and the sheriff’s badge.

The game’s special symbols are:

  • Wild – The wild is represented by the dead or alive poster symbol. It substitutes for all symbols except for the scatter.
  • Scatter – The scatter is represented by the double revolver symbol. 3 or more of these trigger the free spins feature.

Game Rules

Dead or Alive Features

You must be wondering “How is such a seemingly simple game offer a maximum exposure of 12,000x when it doesn’t have any bonus symbols”. Well, the answer is simple and you’re about to find it out yourself. Let’s check the game’s features out!

Free Spins

Getting 3 or more scatters will trigger the feature awarding 12 free spins with a 2x win multiplier.

During the free spins, the wild symbols become sticky and hold their positions on the reels for the duration of the feature. Sticky wilds act just like the normal base game wild meaning that they substitute for all symbols except for the scatter. If at least one sticky wild appears on all the reels then 5 extra free spins are awarded.

This means that if you got a payline with at least 3 or 4 sticky wilds, your chances of hitting a big payout are increased since these remain in the same position throughout the entire feature remainder.

The free spins can be retriggered but only once, by getting 3 scatters, also awarding 12 extra free spins. Luckily for you, the retriggered free spins keep the sticky wild symbols from the triggering free spin session.

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