Like many slots of its time, the 5x3 game grid features just nine paylines. But with potentially sizable rewards for Scatter combinations possible in the base game and a Free Spins round where the win potential can build to over 10,000 the line bet, it broke the mould in other ways!
The less valuable symbols appearing on the reels in this slot are the standard card ranks from 10 to A, though with NetEnt’s usual attention to detail and design, they’ve all been given a Western twist.
The higher-paying symbols are even more in line with the game's theme, with a shot of whisky, cowboy boots, a Stetson and a gun holster all landing on the reels. The highest paying of the regular symbols is the sheriff's badge, which awards a maximum of 100 times the line bet for 5. The betting range is from 0.09 to 18.00, with all lines covered.
No Wild West frontier town is complete without its outlaws, at least on Wanted Posters, and in Dead or Alive, these act as the Wild. This can land on any reel to help form winning combinations by standing in for other symbols on a payline. The Wild will also give payouts of its own for three or more.
The crossed six-shooters are the Scatter. Not only will three or more of these trigger the Free Spins, but combinations of two or more also give payouts of up to a cool 2500 x the bet for six.
The Free Spins round triggers when three or more Scatters land. Players are awarded 12 Free Spins, with all wins during the bonus giving double the standard prize. And that’s not even the main feature of the bonus round.
During the Free Spins, any Wild that lands sticks for the remainder of the round. If one full reel turns Wild, another 5 Free Spins are awarded. Fill a full payline with Wilds, and it will pay 333 x the line bet on every spin. Turning the entire grid Wild awards the maximum possible win of 13,800 x the bet.
Just like with Western films, the truly great Western-themed slots are timeless. True, the effects and design might lose some of their shine with the years, but the reason we all love them so much is for their fast-paced, direct action. And now I’m talking about both the slots and the films. Dead or Alive is up there alongside Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as masterpieces of their respective genres. So strap on your six guns and check it out for yourself here at our online casino. Good Luck!