While you may be thinking of a particular Bon Jovi song when you hear of Dead or Alive, the title also applies to a slot machine franchise by Swedish developer Net Entertainment. Their new Dead or Alive 2 slot is the sequel to the renowned Dead or Alive, taking you to the Old West for a chance to win big. So gather up your six-shooters and pour a glass of whiskey, because it's time to try your luck outside the ol' saloon.
Similar to its highly popular predecessor, Dead or Alive 2 is a 5 reel, 9 payline video slot that takes place in a Wild West town. The game brings a lot of grit and potential violence to your screen, along with the chance to take part in stealing riches that are meant for the townsfolk. The game's symbols include standard icons (10, J, Q, K, A) alongside whiskey, boots, a cowboy hat, six shooters, and sheriff star.
Features in Dead or Alive 2 include scatter symbols, wilds, free spins, and sticky wilds. But as with its predecessor, the big wins in this game are all about the bonus round, which can be triggered by landing three or more scatter symbols on a single spin. When this happens you are given the choice between three different bonus rounds:
- The Old Saloon Free Spins option is near identical to the original game's only bonus round; i.e. free spins where wild symbols double all wins and are held sticky for the duration of the free spins. If you manage to get at least one wild symbol on each of the five reels, you win an extra five free spins. The holy grail here is landing one or more fully wild lines which pays you the maximum single payline win in the game over and over until the free spins run out.
- Your second option is the High Noon Saloon Free Spins. This is only slightly different to the Old Saloon Free Spins round in that sticky wild symbol payouts are not doubled unless you manage to get two on the same reel. The trade-off is that if you manage to get three on the same reel then all of them payout triple the normal rate. You also get five extra free spins if you get a sticky wild on each of the five reels.
- The third and most different free spins option is the Train Heist Free Spins. In this round the wild symbols are not sticky. However each time you spin one, you get an extra free spin and add one to a multiplier meter that can advance all the way up to 16x. If you do manage to get to 16x you will get an extra five free spins on top.
In addition to being able to being played on desktop computers, NetEnt has made Dead or Alive 2 playable on mobile devices. This means that the game is playable through your smartphone or tablet. The game doesn't suffer from any drop in performance or visuals on the mobile platform.
Similar to its predecessor, this game is all about the bonus round and you are unlikely to accomplish much in the way of winnings without hitting the bonus feature. It can also be a little boring waiting for the feature to trigger. So while this game certainly won't be for everyone, I found myself enjoying the ambiance and simplistic gameplay. I actually like this game more than the first Dead or Alive slot due to the choice in bonus features available. I highly recommend it to fans of the original Dead or Alive and to anyone who has a love for the Wild West.