Dead or Alive 2 Review

Ten years after they have released one of their most successful titles Dead or Alive, NetEnt comes up with its sequel. Titled Dead or Alive 2, the slot takes you…

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Ten years after they have released one of their most successful titles Dead or Alive, NetEnt comes up with its sequel. Titled Dead or Alive 2, the slot takes you once again to the Old American West. Your task is to join a group of outlaws showing up on the reels as Wilds that can help you scoop some nice payouts.

The game is designed in the same fashion as the original title, yet its atmosphere is less ominous. A range of theme-related symbols including sheriff’s badges, revolvers, hats, boots and bottles of booze are high paying symbols while the rest of the positions are filled with playing card royals rendered to match the theme of the game.

Developer

NetEnt is one of the most reputable developers of online video slots. Being in the business for more than two decades, the Swedish company knows what their players need and make sure to deliver it to them.

As one of the industry veterans, they are well-known for the production of highly exciting games with unique game engines and bonus features. Some of their most popular titles, apart from Dead or Alive, include Starburst, Gonzo’s Quest and Guns N’ Roses.

How to Play it

The sequel follows the pattern of the original title played at 5 reels and 9 paylines. If you like a wide betting range supported by most NetEnt slots, this one may disappoint you. You can wager a maximum of 2 coins per payline, meaning that the maximum coins you can stake per spin is 18. As for a coin size, it varies between $0.01 and $0.50, so the maximum bet you can place is only $9 per spin. Disappointing for high-rollers, yet a minimum stake of $0.09 will please beginners, definitely. The Autoplay feature activates up to 1,000 automatic spins while the Max Bet button increases the number of coins to the maximum and spins the reels.

It is obvious that the developer has put a lot of effort into designing this game as its visuals are more polished than those we have seen in the original title. The music score may seem a bit repetitive and even boring, yet sound effects add to the overall atmosphere of the game.

Special Features

This is the department in which the NetEnt title really stands out from the crowd. It benefits from no less than five Wilds portraying the outlaws that hit the reels throughout the game. However, within the free spins features, their appearance can make a difference as they carry multipliers that will boost your payouts. To enter the feature, you need two or more Scatters depicted as crossed revolvers.

Once you trigger the bonus game, you are granted 12 free spins. However, before you start playing them you will be offered to choose from three different options based on the volatility that suits you best. If you opt for the Old Saloon feature, all your winning combinations pay double prizes. Should you manage to land one or more Sticky Wilds on all the reels, you are granted extra 5 free spins.

During High Noon Free Spins, by landing two or three Wilds on the same reel, you get them transformed into Double or Triple Multiplier Wilds respectively. You can also earn extra 5 free spins by landing one or more Wilds or Multiplier Wilds on each of the reels.

Finally, Train Heist Free Spins come with increasing multipliers. Whenever Wild lands on the reels, it adds +1 free spins and increases a multiplier by 1. If the multiplier increases to 16x, you get extra 5 free spins.

Maximum Payouts

This is a highly volatile offering from NetEnt with more than 100,000x the bet up for grabs. The game’s RTP sits at 96.82%, which is above the industry average. The top paying symbol is Scatter awarding 2,500 coins for five of a kind. It is followed by Wild that grants 1,500 coins when 5 of these cover a payline.

Summary

The fans of Wild West will appreciate the updated version of the NetEnt blockbuster. However, being a high volatility slots with only 9 paylines to form winning combinations across, the Dead or Alive 2 slot will provide you with a series of dead spins, so you have to be patient waiting for a big win to land. A betting range may not suit all the players but the free spins feature with three options to choose from along with the maximum payout of 100,000x the bet is definitely worth your time and money.

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