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It’s time to head back out to the wild west as we play to win with the wildest gunslinger in the slot world! NetEnt have created a sequel that has been long awaited by fans of its predecessor. Dead or Alive 2 merges old with new, as the western style imagery is combined with modern technology. Add in the two great features and all that’s left is to decide whether we duel at dawn or noon?
Dead or Alive 2 is a 5-reel, 9 fixed pay line slot that offers players an RTP of 96.82%. In the background you have a desolate western scene, with the mountain range off in the distance and a thunderstorm hitting overhead. The reels themselves are encased in a wooden frame looking almost like the front of a saloon found in the township! Symbols all relate to the theme in one way or another including the card symbols too. Higher values are the sheriff’s badge, gun belt, Stetson, boots and shot glasses. With lower values being the A, K, Q, J and 10 symbols looking as if they are made from wrought iron. As the reels begin their spins it sounds like a shotgun is being ready for firing and there are other sounds playing along too.
Bet Amounts – Betting on Dead or Alive 2 begins at 9p per spin and can be adjusted up to just £18 per spin. Considering the high RTP these are great spin costs and are easily amended too. You will find the coin value and coin level both off to the left of the spin button. To adjust them it’s as easy as clicking the plus and minus on each side, until you achieve the bet you wish to use.
Wild Symbol – A wanted poster is your wild symbol in Dead or Alive 2. It will substitute for all other symbols except the scatter. It also becomes a sticky wild in the bonus feature too, which we will explain in further detail below.
- 2 scatter symbols will award x2 your bet amount as a win,
- 3 scatter symbols will award x4 your bet amount as a win,
- 4 scatter symbols will award x25 your bet amount as a win,
- 5 scatter symbols will award x2,500 your bet amount as a win.
Sticky Wild Feature – During the Bonus Spins feature if you land a wanted poster wild symbol it will become a sticky wild. This means it will hold in place for the remainder of the bonus spins round. They will work in the same way as the wild does in the main game, substituting for all other symbols except the scatter. Land a sticky wild on all 5 reels during the bonus spins to be awarded 5 extra spins on top of those that you already have, but you can only do this once in every round!
Bonus Spins Feature – Having landed 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere in view, you will trigger the bonus spins round. Initially you will be awarded 12 bonus spins to play through with a x2 multiplier given to every win landed during the round. There are two ways to bag yourself some extra spins here too. The first as explained above is to get x5 or more sticky wilds with at least one on every reel! The second is to land three or more scatters which will retrigger the entire round and give you 12 extra spins to play through. However, if you trigger the extra spins via the scatter symbol, you can then not get the extra 5 spins from landing the wild symbols. Either way you get extra spins and that is always a good thing for all concerned.
Dead or Alive 2 is a stand alone game that far excels the first in more ways than one. The bonus features in this slot work really well and the fact that you can bag either 5 or 12 extra spins from within the bonus round is a winner for us. We would have liked to have seen something more in keeping with the theme as a feature, like a shooting gallery. But other than that this game ticks all the boxes.