Dead or Alive

The turn of the century in America was both an innovative and hostile time. In the east you had the civilisations of New England, and in the West – outlaws, cowboys and red Indians, all fighting for survival, gold, and land. Take a journey West with Dead or Alive, a 5 reel, 9 payline adventure into the Wild West and win yourself some huge chunks of gold and wealth in this online casino slots game.

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About The Developer
Gaming pioneers for more than 20 years, NetEnt know what makes a great online slot game – in fact they know how to make hundreds of amazing casino games! Taking the classic with the contemporary is a particularly pleasing trait of theirs – and no more so do you get a combination of both, than in their classic, Wild-West themed slot – Dead or Alive.

About The Game
Slowly edge your hand down to your holster, and unset the safety, because NetEnt’s western-themed online slot has no time for the hesitant. This classic 5 reel, 9 payline, pulsating action slot game is constantly set to High-Noon, where the greatest risks – but most substantial rewards – are waiting to be shot down by the most nimble-fingered muchacos in the West.

Befittingly, the town in Dead or Alive is already populated by some of the legends of the era – Billy the Kid and Jesse James amongst them. Classic Stetsons, spiked Cowboy Boots, Sheriff Badges, Wanted Posters bearing the infamous outlaws, and, of course – guns - are the symbols here, interspersed with 10-through-A of playing card symbols of an aptly classic style. A spin here can cost between £0.09 and £18.00, but 12 Free Spins can be regularly activated by landing 3 guns, which are the Scatters of the game. The Wanted Posters are the Wild, and will become Sticky Wilds during the Free Spin bonus, providing an extra 5 Free Spins per additional Sticky Wild landed.

29 Free Spins in total - combined with a 2x multiplier - are on offer in this bonus, which can lead to some substantial payouts coming our way from this dangerous town. However, like any classic Western, the treacherous characters who reside, and the volatile nature of the era, mean there are no guarantees; we are either winning or losing in this online slot – there is no in between -  we are either Dead, or Alive.

What makes this slot game so appealing, and fun to return to regularly, is that classic feel of playing for high-stakes, in a high-stakes world. The graphics, although cartoon-like, are certainly not the cheery – they are as serious as the environment, more graphic novel than comic book, and befitting of the life-or-death nature of the era. With an audio soundtrack that chimes the real feel of a vintage western, and the SFX of a cocked pistol barrel being readied for action, the sensation of chance is always heightened – making even a relaxed wager game feel more severe.

And when we’re nearing the substantial Jackpot on offer here in Dead or Alive – that sensation is heightened even further!

The Verdict
It’s great to find an online slot that feels simultaneously like a modern, digital gaming experience, whilst combining the elements of classic, high stakes tactical risk. NetEnt have outdone themselves again with this game, which Dream Jackpot would recommend to gamers of any style and experience – what better way to try your hand at an online slot than in a distinctly classic gaming world? 9/10 for an original take on an old classic!

Game rules can be found within game.

RTP: 96.80

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