Dead or Alive 2 – the legend is back

The first Dead or Alive might have been released a decade ago but it remains among the more popular titles in the history of slots. Known for its super-high volatility, with a single playing session capable of showing a whole lot of love to your bank balance but equally able to shoot it down to zero, this was a game that invited only the truly courageous.
Now, 10 years on, NetEnt could no longer ignore the continual cries for more. In Dead or Alive 2, the developer has released a sequel that has maintained many elements that made the first game such a success. At the same time, it's also improved in a number of areas and has even added more free spin categories.
Let's delve into how the long-awaited sequel compares to the iconic original.

Playing Dead or Alive 2

The first thing you need to do is choose the number of bullets you want in your pistol. Or to put it in slot-speak, the amount you want to stake per spin.
By modifying the level and the coin value, you can choose your stake per spin. Therefore, the amount that is shown after 'Bet' is what you'll be trying for on your very next spin.
If you want to see the paytable, click on the Info symbol. You'll see the location of the winning bet lines, along with details on how the Scatter and Wild symbols work and, of course, the bonus features.
By selecting Autoplay, you can choose how many spins you want to put on automatic. If you're feeling particularly brave, you can select Max Bet and play for 18 USD, the highest stake available.

Features of Dead or Alive 2

Much of the theme, the Old West, will be familiar to anyone who has played the first Dead or Alive. The symbols on the 5-reel slot are: a whiskey bottle and shot glass, riding boots, a cowboy hat, a pistol, and the most valuable of all, the Sheriff's badge. Of course, there are also a number of lower-value symbols in the form of playing cards.
The symbols appear more contemporary, with more colour than the game's general design, adding a far more aesthetic aspect than we saw in the original.
There are a total of nine different ways to win. A section called 'Winning Bet Lines' lets you take a sneak peek at what they are.

Dead or Alive 2 slot features

Dead or Alive 2 Wild symbol

There are 5 wild symbols, in total, one for each of the 5 reels. These symbols, such as attractive girls and aggressive outlaws, can replace any symbol, excluding the Scatter. Read on to find out the role these symbols have to play during free spin rounds.

Dead or Alive 2 slot wilds

Dead or Alive 2 Bonus Features

It's in the bonus features where the sequel has really distinguished itself from its predecessor by including two extra categories of free spins. Before we delve into these, however, let's explore another route to a major win.

Scatter Jackpot

If you see five Scatters on the reels simultaneously and you successfully shoot your enemy, you'll uncover gold and ride away with your prize in tow. Basically, you've won the Jackpot.

Free Spins

You activate free spins as you might expect i.e. getting three crossed pistols (Scatters). If you only get two Scatters, you'll fall short of free spins but you might still be walking away with some cash.
Three Scatters take you to a screen that allows you to choose from three categories of free spins. You'll get 12 free spins, no matter which category you choose.

  • Train Heist Free Spins: A slot themed around the Old West wouldn't feel right without a train heist being involve. The greater the number of Wild symbols you see, the better it is. Each Wild increases your Multiplier by 1x, along with an additional free spin. Seeing 16 Wilds gives you 5 additional free spins, in addition to your 16x multiplier.
  • High Noon Saloon Free Spins: At least two identical Wild symbols falling on one reel turns them into Double Multiplier Wilds. Three Wild symbols turn then into Triple Multiplier Wilds. If you see at least one Sticky Wild on each reel, you'll be awarded five additional free spins.
  • Old Saloon Free Spins: A win in this category is multiplied by 2. Seeing 1 or more Sticky Wilds on each reel will reward you with five additional free spins. If you see 2 Wild Symbols on one reel, they'll be transformed into Multiplier Wilds.
Dead or Alive 2 slot bonus

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Mechanics

You’d be better equipped to play if you knew a little bit more about the game. Here are some numbers that will help you.

Max Win ($): 2,000,000
Max win (bet): 111,111 times
Max Bet ($): 18
Min Bet ($): 0.09
Return to player: 96.8%
Volatility: High.
Free Play available: Yes

You have a choice on which device to play the game: either mobile, tablet, or desktop.

 

 

Conclusion

Sequels aren’t easy to get right for game developers. If they fail, there’s a chance that they could undo all the success they achieved with the first one. Should they succeed, however, they might be able to see the franchise win twice as many fans as before.

Fortunately, for fans of Dead or Alive, the developers succeeded in creating a worthy sequel. Graphics-wise, it has even exceeded the original. Aside from that, the game, as a whole, explores the Old West to a degree that the first one didn’t. Then, of course, the three free spin categories, as opposed to just one, makes the game more exciting, as it places the player firmly in the driving seat when it comes to making choices.

The high volatility, which is an important aspect of the game, remains intact, so all-in-all, you’re getting a superior game than even the first one.

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