Dead or Alive II is the long-awaited sequel to the classic Dead or Alive video slot by Netent.
Very seldom have expectations been as high as with this Dead or Alive 2 slot. The original was already fantastic, but how good is the sequel?
The answer is: damn good.
Netent has gone all to bring a video slot to market that is going to stand them in good stead for years to come. Dead or Alive 2 has it all: cool graphics, three different free spin bonuses and almost unlimited potential. You can win over 100,000 x the total bet on this slot.
Seldom have we been this impressed by a slot and we have played and reviewed quite a few.
So, let’s quickly find out how Dead or Alive 2 works, what the free spin bonuses entail and also: how in heavens name can you win this much money?
Dead or Alive 2 gameplay, variance and RTP
Dead or Alive 2 follows the original pretty faithfully as far as the primary game goes. There are 9 fixed paylines, divided over 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols.
The graphics in the game have been vastly improved: the symbols look cool (especially the wild bandits) and the background has that Western feel oozing out of it. The slow and broody guitar sounds create the perfect musical frame for the game: the small town is lazy and sleepy, but you know it can explode at any given moment.
Betting starts at £ 0.09, and goes up to a maximum of £ 9, per spin.
Dear or Alive 2 is a high variance slot: you can win enormous amounts of money, up to 100,000 times your stake.
And yet, you don’t always feel like you are only playing for those almost impossible to reach, sky-high stacks of cash. In other words, there is an excellent mathematical balance in this game. And that is no mean feat.
The theoretical payout rate is an impressive 96.8%
Symbols and payouts
It warms our hearts that Netent didn’t mess with the symbols that we have come to know and love from the original Dead or Alive slot. They just got a major makeover, graphically speaking that is.
The five famous outlaws are wild and replace all other symbols, except the scatters. Five wilds on an active payline will net you 1,500 coins.
Next up is the Sheriff’s badge as the second highest paying symbol: This will earn you 1,000 coins with a 5-of-a-kind. The six-shooter, cowboy hat, boots and whisky will get you anywhere between 200 and 750 coins if you manage to spin 5 of the same ones.
The low-value symbols are the card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A that can deliver a payout ranging from 25 up to 100 coins for every five identical ones that appear on an active payline.
The scatter symbol ( the crossed revolvers with the buffalo skull above them) can also be very lucrative.
Five scatters give you that slots bucket list moment (besides a saddlebag of money!): you win 2,500 x the total bet.
Free spin bonus
Three or more scatters activate the free spin bonus.
What is entirely new with Dead or Alive 2, in comparison with the original, is that you have a choice of 3 different free spin bonuses.
These all have their risk profile, but don’t be fooled: every single one of these bonuses can deliver humongous amounts of money.
Train Heist: you start with 12 free spins: every wild that appears, nets you a +1 multiplier and +1 free spin.
If you reach a multiplier level of 16 x, then you win 5 extra free spins. There is no limit on the number of free spins and the level of the multiplier you can go up to.
Old Saloon: this is the original Dead or Alive bonus feature. You win 12 free spins with sticky wilds, and a 2 x multiplier applied to all winnings.
Collect a wild on every line, and you earn yourself another five free spins.
Attempt to create so-called wild lines for massive gains.
High Noon Saloon: this bonus has the highest variance. A choice for the daredevils amongst us. You start with 12 free spins as well, and there are also sticky wilds.
Multiple sticky wilds on the same reel give you extra multipliers of 2 x and 4 x. And different multipliers on various reels can be in turn multiplied with each other.
A sticky wild on every reel is good for five extra free spins here as well.
Our verdict on the Dead or Alive 2 video slot
Netent has managed to fight back to the top with Dead or Alive 2.
This varied slot has everything we had hoped for and more:
- Big payouts
- Three free spin bonuses
- A gorgeous design
Fans of the original will embrace Dead or Alive II, and we expect that a whole new legion of fans will rise for this sequel.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
Where can you find Dead or Alive 2?
The Dead or Alive 2 slot is found at all reputable Netent casinos.