The Wild West is a very well documented historical period and highly exposed in TV series and in theatres. Billy the Kid, Wild Bill and Buffalo Bill are some figures that have received a legendary status from this era. The great heists led to Marshals offering bounties on the outlaws due to the great dangers it involved to chase them. This created a new profession, Bounty Hunter which is portrayed in the Dollars Trilogy as the Man with No Name. The first western movie came out around 1903 and they are still releasing new ones today. It seems that the entertaining business found a real gold rush with this genre, and who doesn’t love a good old western?
NetEnt is one of these companies in the entertainment business that still understands our love for the Wild West. Evident by the fact that they are now releasing a new version of their Dead or Alive game. The first game was released back in 2009 and become popular very quickly. Today the original has gained almost legendary status and is still a fan favourite. How long do you think their new version will last?
Dead or Alive 2 is a completely different game but it shares some traits with the original. It has the same RTP of 96.8% and the industry standard 3×5 squares. Some settings are recognizable too, making old players, like ourselves, feel right at home. When you open the game you will get a quick peek into the game before being taken to the game board. In the background you will see an old western town and you will hear dogs bark, horses trot and one-string banjo tunes. As you are playing you will hear different gun sounds and if you get a winning combination a shot will be fired. Also, the larger your win is, the more intensely the banjo will be playing.
Dead or Alive 2 has a very nice graphical design and the game overall feels very fresh. Together with the different sounds mentioned above, it creates a true Wild West atmosphere. The symbols are different Royals (A,K,Q,J,10), a sheriff badge -> a revolver -> a cowboy hat -> cowboy boots and, finally, a whisky bottle. The wild symbol is represented by 5 different outlaws and substitutes for all symbols above. Dead or Alive 2 also has a Scatter win Jackpot, which pays 2500x your stake.
The Free Spins feature triggers if you are lucky and hit 3 or more scatters. In this feature, the real big changes appear as you can choose from three different free spin games. Each game has different intros and estimated payouts. Lets go through them:
Train Heist Free Spins
Just as it sounds, in this mode you are robbing a train. In this mode, any wild that appears on the reels will give you a multiplier of x1 (up to x16) and award you with 1 additional free spin. If you reach the magical multiplier number, you will be rewarded with 5 extra free spins.
Old Saloon Free Spins
All winning combinations in this mode are multiplied by x2. Any wild that appears on the reels is sticky and if you hit at least one wild on each reel, you will be rewarded with an additional 5 free spins.
High Noon Saloon Free Spins
In this mode, you have sticky wilds as well. However, if you get two or three wilds on the same reel, they will transform into x2 or x3 multiplier Wild symbols. In this mode you will unlock 5 extra free spins as well if you manage to hit a wild on each reel.
We think that NetEnt have created a worthy successor to their old classic slot. If you liked the original, you will like this one as well, as it has more features, better graphics and offers a true Wild West experience. So prepare your guns and dry your gunpowder for the next big heist. Dead or Alive 2 will go live here on ScandiBet 24th of April.