Set amid a classic frontier desert town at sunset, you’ll find Dead or Alive 2’s 5x3 game grid. Complete with dusty sand, a wildebeest skull, and all the wild western imagery you could wish for, the theming of Dead or Alive 2 is incredible. If that wasn’t atmospheric enough, animated clouds strike out with lightning from time to time, creating a thrilling yet ominous feeling. You can even click and interact with the lantern, horseshoe, and empty bottles, which produces an even more immersive experience.
The simple controls along the bottom fit perfectly within the theming. We also appreciated that there was no wasted space on either side of the grid. You’ll spot Dead or Alive 2’s 9 paylines along the left and right side of the game grid. Ultimately, it is a complete experience, with great symbols and a spot-on color scheme.
Alongside the fantastic backdrop, Dead or Alive 2’s soundtrack is one of our favorites. The slot offers a great ambiance, with sound effects perfectly matching the setting and theme. We truly felt like we had travelled to the Wild West while spinning the reels. We particularly loved the use of gunshots and bullets bouncing off metal when you win. The music in Dead or Alive 2 was a great change from the often overwhelming soundtracks of other games. It ultimately made our gameplay much more enjoyable.
Only adding to Dead or Alive 2’s incredible theming is the game’s symbols. While relatively simple, they perfectly encapsulate the wild western premise. Horseshoe-looking card symbols (10, J, Q, K, A) make up the lower symbols, and other frontier-themed items make up the higher paying symbols, including a beer bottle, cowboy boots, cowboy hat, pistol, and sheriff’s badge.
Dead or Alive 2 also comes with five unique Wild symbols represented by five menacing outlaws. The slot rounds up the Apache Kid, Delia Rose, Jesse James, Belle Starr, and Billy the Kid, with each symbol being nicely animated, breathing life and movement into every spin. Landing five on a payline will reward you with 166.66x your stake.
Spin the reels right, and you may even encounter Dead or Alive 2’s Scatter symbol, consisting of a couple of pistols and an ominous skull. Not only do these symbols look good, but they also unlock some pretty great bonus features. Landing three or more Scatters will see you activate the slot’s epic free spins round. Better yet, you get a choice of three; Old Saloon, High Noon Saloon, and Train Heist. Yet, no matter which game you choose, you’ll still receive 12 free spins.
The Old Saloon free spins round comes the closest to the original Dead or Alive slot. The game boosts every win with a 2x multiplier. Yet, if you happen to land a wild symbol on all 5 reels simultaneously, you’ll get an extra 5 free spins! Plus, this feature has a medium volatility, perfect for players wanting to up the ante without risking too much budget!
Next is High Noon Saloon, an exciting bonus round that uses NetEnt’s MAX concept. As the high volatility option, there is a higher risk, and you may have to have a bigger budget to reap the benefits. This exciting feature comes with sticky Wild multipliers of 2x and 3x. With every 2 or more wilds landed, the value multiplies again. Landing at least one sticky wild on every reel will get you another 5 free spins, and each free spin can give you a win of 40,500x your original bet.
Lastly, with the lowest volatility, Train Heist has a wild counter above the reels. Each Wild landed adds to the counter and increases the multiplier by 1x, awarding you with another free spin. The maximum multiplier is 16x, which will reward you with five extra free spins.
Dead or Alive 2 has a slightly above average RTP at 96.82%. And, with the game’s high volatility, it is the perfect choice for bettors with a little more experience and a bigger budget. We were more impressed with the generous maximum win of 111,111x your stake, but Dead or Alive 2 also caters to those with a limited bankroll. With a minimum bet of $0.09, it doesn’t cost much to join in the fun. Plus, if you want to increase your chances, you can up your bet to $18, which still isn’t breaking the bank.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for a game that offers fantastic bonus features, top-quality graphics, and an incredibly immersive theme, Dead or Alive 2 may be the perfect option for you! This sequel lives up to its predecessor. In fact, we thought Dead or Alive 2 was even better, and it well deserves the attention and cult following it has received.