Dead or Alive is the epic Netent slot that has mesmerized millions of players since it was released in 2009. The rather simple looking 9-liner packs a powerful punch in the free spins round with sticky wilds that can lead to wins well in excess of 10,000 times the stake. Plus, hitting five scatters in the base game is paying a to-date unmatched 2,500 times your bet. Forums, social media and screenshot sites are filled with memories and stories of huge wins, even on just penny bets.
Dead or Alive is a video slot with five reels, three rows, and 9 fixed pay lines. While the initial slot had variable pay lines, it was changed to fixed when Netent converted the game to HTML5 format. Bet sizes start at 0.09 credits and peak at most casinos at 18 credits. Some gaming hangouts allow bets of up to 45 credits. The RTP of this medium variance slot is set at 96.80%.
With a western theme, the game window is set in a typical town of the era, complete with windmill, lantern-lit saloon, and dusty streets. Classic whistling tones of a cowboy movie in the background add to the authenticity. Plus, every spin of the reels will begin with the sound of a gun being cocked, while altering wager levels and other features will present you with the sound of a whip cracking. The graphics change to a red plank-like style during the free spins.
The pay symbols start with the usual card royals from 9 to A, followed by a whiskey glass, a pair of boots, a cowboy hat, a gun holster, and a sheriff star. Wanted posters of the five outlaws – Billy, Bella, Jesse, Della, and Apache – are the wild symbol. Pays for a single five of a kind range from 2.77x to 166.66x the stake. Scatters are a pair of colts with minimum three needed to trigger the free spins.
Three to five scatters will award 12 free spins with an x2 win multiplier, which cannot be re-triggered. Additionally, a coin win of 4x, 25x and 2,500x the bet will be awarded for three, four or five scatters. Any wild landing on the reels during the feature will become a sticky wild for the remainder of the round. Hitting at least on sticky wild on all five reels will award +5 free spins. The kicker is though to line up five sticky wilds on a pay line as it will lead to a win of 333,33x bet on each remaining spin. A so-called Wild Line will also make sure that the five extra spins are collected and usually ends in wins exceeding 2,000x the bet and often much higher.
If ever there was an online slot worthy of legendary status then it must be Dead or Alive. Whilst it looks simple, it has been countless times reason for big win celebrations. Personally, my highest win was €13.4K on a €4.50 bet that I scored in August 2017 at Redbet, an unforgettable moment. While newer slots entice us with multiple bonus and random features, Dead or Alive keeps us in suspense simply for hitting those Wild Lines in the free spins. I doubt that there will be any other slot coming out in the next years that can ascend to similar popularity with such a simple game play.