Dead or Alive Basic Information:
According to popular culture the people of the old west loved a few things above all others. Gambling, farming cattle, getting in gunfights and dying of dysentery at age 25 were all incredibly popular, though only two of these things are the right fit for a pokie game. Dead or Alive aims to brings the fun of gambling together with the excitement of gun-play for this newest game. Is this a bounty worth chasing, or is this one you should let this one pass on by? Read our review to find out…
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Dead or Alive is no exception. This game was released on the 10th of November, 2013.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Dead or Alive comes with a total of 9 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 9
- The maximum coins bet sits at 36
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.50
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.8%, which is towards the higher end of average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a simple screen with 2 basic options. These are as follows:
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
- Spacebar to spin
This option lets the player start the spinning of the reels with a simple press of the spacebar, in addition to the regular methods.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- If Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Dead or Alive also comes with question-mark and i help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the i button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the i button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower right of the game main screen.
The Old West, also known as the American Frontier, concerns the geography, history and folklore which arose from the colonial settlement of America during the 18th century. What does this mean for most people? The age of cowboys, cattle rustlin', and saloon based gun-fights, possibly over the ownership and treatment and livestock.
This is, or rather was, one of the most romanticised periods of western history. While media based on this time has recently been less popular than it once was it still holds a important part in the hearts of many.
As you might expect – many of the stories based off this time do nothing but exaggerate the life of those pioneers. In reality gunfights were rare, as was murder in general, but as this gets in the way of an interesting and exciting narrative we'll do our best to ignore it.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Dead or Alive comes in the form of a WANTED poster without a shown suspect. This can substitute for any symbol except for the scatter.
- 3 of these give a bonus of 25 when gathered
- 4 of these give a bonus of 150 when gathered
- 5 of these give a bonus 1500 when gathered
The stick wild symbols appear similar to regular wilds, but with an included picture. These can only appear in the free spins game. When these do appear they will remain on the reels for the rest of the free spins session. If one or more of these appears during the free spin session the player will be gifted 5 extra free spins.
The scatter symbols in this game comes in the form of two crossed revolvers. Gaining 3 or more of these in a single spin gives the player access to 12 free spins. These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a payout.
- 2 of these give a bonus 2x multiplier when gathered
- 3 of these give a bonus 4x multiplier when gathered
- 4 of these give a bonus 25x multiplier when gathered
- 5 of these give a bonus 2500x multiplier when gathered
The free spins game in Dead or Alive is accessed when the player is able to gather 3 or more scatter symbol in a single spin. In this free spins mode the player is given a 2x multiplier. Additional free spins can be won once per free spin session. For these to be won the player needs to gain a single sticky wild symbol. This will give the player an additional 5 free spin.
How to Play:
Basic play for Dead or Alive is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
When it comes to design too many games are comfortable in doing the bare minimum. Dead or Alive is not one of these games. From the background to the frame, play-bar, animations and symbol, all of these are fantastically well designed and suited to the theme. The main game screen pains a picture of a small farm with an approaching storm thundering off in the distance. The only real area in which this game suffers is the lack of background music, as a pokie such as this would be absolutely perfect for an old western saloon or showdown song.
In terms of usability this is a game which could use a bit of improvement, though it mostly does quite well. The basic options which people have grown to expect are all here, including the all-important autospin customisation options. What it lacks is a selection of graphical options. These can really add a lot to players running the game from older or less powerful hardware, so it's disappointing that this is missing. Other than that the game performs and responds very well, with no technical issues arising in our tests.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Dead or Alive there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A pokie with a lot of emphasis on a great graphical theme, but one which could really use some more depth. If you love the old west, or even have just a passing interest in it, then we can recommend this game, but for those whose greater interests lie in longevity and bonus structures this game might not be for you. This one is a little bit disappointing in that there is so much potential in the theme, and while the game certainly isn't bad, in fact it's quite good, a lot more could have been done to lift it to greatness.
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