Dead or Alive slots review

NetEnt takes you into a world of pistols, shots, saloons, cowboy attire, and more in their take of a Wild West slot. Set on a backdrop of an old style cowboy town, Dead or Alive offers simple pokies gameplay, making it an ideal title for beginner slot machine players.

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How to play Dead or Alive

There are just nine paylines on Dead or Alive, over 5 reels, making it a very simple and straightforward online slot. There aren’t any special bonus features but there are some additions that make playing it worthwhile.

The soundtrack creates a Western ambience, but when there is a win the sounds can be bit overpowering so mute the audio in the top right hand corner if it becomes too much.

    Dead or Alive online slots

  • Coin sizes: 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, and 0.50
  • Maximum coins per spin: 36
  • Maximum coins per line: 4
  • Minimum bet per spin: $0.01
  • Maximum bet per spin: $18
  • Scatter: Yes (two pistols with the text ‘Scatter’)
  • Wild: Yes – normal and Sticky Wilds (the wanted posters)
  • Bonus rounds: No
  • Free spins: Yes (12 with all winnings doubled and additional free spins available to be won)
  • Jackpot: $56,250
  • RTP: 96.8%

Dead or Alive symbols

The symbols fit with the theme perfectly, featuring everything you need to become a real cowboy, including the boots, a hat, a holster, and more. NetEnt have also included the 9, 10, J, Q, K and A symbols to represent the lower values on the reels.

There are two types of Wilds here, and while the Sticky Wilds are only present in the free spins, it can be argued that they make up for the lack of an extra bonus feature.

Dead or Alive online pokies sticky wildsThe normal Wild symbol is the wanted posted that has an outline of a cowboy holding a pistol and the text ‘Wild’ and ‘Outlaw’ on it.

These symbols substitute for every single symbol except for Scatters to create a winning combination. If you spin three of these you will land 25 coins, and if you spin the maximum of five you will win a 1500 coin payout.

The Sticky Wilds are the wanted posters but with actual characters and their names written on them. We will detail the function of Sticky Wilds below.

Scatter symbols are the two pistols with the text ‘Scatter’ written on them, and when you spin at least three you will activate the Free Spins round.

Free Spins and Sticky Wilds

When you activate the Free Spins round, which involves 12 free spins, via at least three Scatter symbols the normal Wild symbols will turn into Sticky Wild symbols. These will stick for the remainder of the free spins once one or more appears. The more you get, the bigger the win and they can also substitute for symbols – just like normal Wild symbols.

Additionally, these Sticky Wilds will re-trigger free spins, with up to five additional free spins available to be won on top of your 12 free spins if you spin one Sticky Wild on every reel. What’s more is all wins are doubled during the free spins.

Dead or Alive slot features

Net Entertainment have added all their usual features to Dead or Alive but there is also an extra addition known as the ‘Feature Preview’ that isn’t available on all of NetEnt’s slots.

Feature Preview: This function works by showing you a preview of what the Free Spins with Sticky Wilds feature is like just by clicking on the ‘Feature Preview’ button.

Bet Level and Bet Lines: The Bet Level function allows you to alter the amount of coins per line you want to bet. There are four different bet levels, with nine bet lines, meaning you bet a total of 36 coins per spin.

Paytable: To view what the symbols mean and their payouts, you can click on the ‘Paytable’ button, which is just above the menu panel in the bottom right hand corner.

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Where to play Dead or Alive

You can play Dead or Alive at Slot sMillion, or you can head to any of the other reliable NetEnt casinos listed in our casino table above, which all have third party accreditation to ensure a secure online environment.

Each and every site host hundreds of the best online pokies by Net Entertainment, and a ton of thrilling table games like blackjack, baccarat, craps, roulette, video poker and more for real money gamblers to enjoy. For more great online slot games, check out our online slots review page.

Our thoughts on Dead or Alive slots

While there is only a Free Spins bonus to be triggered on this slot, if you do manage to activate them you’re in for a substantial payout with the Sticky Wilds. We found it took a while to spin three Scatters and since there isn’t an autoplay function it can get a bit boring after a while.

Nevertheless, when we trigged the Free Spins bonus round we were satisfied we held out even though we only scored two Sticky Wilds and didn’t re-trigger the free spins, as all our winnings were doubled.

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