The initial release of Dead or Alive 2 did not include a bonus buy facility. Rather than add it in retroactively - with all of the issues that could cause for casinos in regions where such features are prohibited – NetEnt has opted to create an alternative version of the game instead. Bonus buy facility aside, this is the same game players know and love – same nine paylines, 96.80% RTP, and 111,111x total stake jackpot!
Creating a sequel to one of the most popular online slots would be a daunting task for any developer. NetEnt’s approach when creating Dead or Alive 2 was to expand on all of the features that made the first game great whilst retaining what they believed to be the most original and important aspects. The result is an obvious visual upgrade set against the same paytable and two additional bonus rounds. In this enhanced Feature Buy release, there’s also the option to purchase a set of free spins for 60x the normal price per spin.
The free spins feature offered in the original Dead or Alive used to be known as an ultra-high volatility monster… until players met its successor! Now, with our free demo slot of Dead or Alive 2 (Feature Buy), you can finally bypass the base game and spend as much time shooting for a wild line as you wish.
DEAD OR ALIVE SLOT theme, STAKES, PAYLINES & SYMBOLS
Dead or Alive 2 slot paytable
Wild West slots have been around ever since the first online casinos hit the web in the late 1990s, but the trend only really gathered pace following the success of the original Dead or Alive online slot. The game is getting on a little bit now though – the graphics and presentation look dated, and the maximum jackpot of roughly 14,000x the total stake is no longer the head-turner it once was. These issues probably played a part in NetEnt’s decision to finally release a sequel to their smash-hit game, which is something that the developer appeared to be deliberately putting off for the longest time. The decision to update the original game with better graphics, a larger jackpot, and a couple of additional bonus rounds was probably a good one, even if it effectively renders the first game obsolete.
One of the best aspects of Dead or Alive 2 is undoubtedly the huge payout for hitting all five scatters - at 2,500x the total bet, this dwarfs the return of every other combination on the paytable. A premium is also attached to the wild symbols, which can award up to 166x your stake when all five appear on a payline. The highest-paying regular symbol is the sheriff's star, offering a payout of 111x the total bet for a full payline of five of a kind. Next, the gun and holster can pay up to 83x the bet for all five symbols, followed by the cowboy hat, which has a return of 424x for a complete payline. The final two high-paying symbols are the cowboy boots and whiskey bottle, boasting payout of 33x and 22x, respectively. As for the low-paying royals, those payouts range between 3x for five tens up to 11x for five aces.
Dead or Alive 2s wager options are a tad more restrictive than those of its predecessor, but there’s still a decent range of options between the minimum bet of €0.09 a spin, and the maximum stake, which reaches up to €18.00. So, to conclude, it shouldn't matter what size your bankroll is when you enter the game, as a stake should be available that's relative to it and allows you to have plenty of spins.
base game & modifiers
Dead or Alive 2 slot base game
Dead or Alive 2 is a relatively straightforward online slot, but I’d argue that this is probably one of its greatest strengths. The game uses a traditional 5x3 video slot layout, spanned by just nine fixed paylines. The small number of lines means that you won’t be winning as often as you would on a game with 243 ways, but the wins you do hit are inevitably much larger. The paylines are arranged a tad differently from some other nine and ten line games, so it’s possibly worth checking the paytable diagrams before you begin to play.
DEAD OR ALIVE 2 slot bonus features
Dead or Alive 2 slot free spin feature
Hitting three or more bonus scatter symbols anywhere on the reels will trigger the free spins feature, which always awards 12 spins as standard. Triggering combinations that feature four or five scatters also benefit from a cash payout of 25x or 2,500x the total bet, respectively.
After the free spins have been triggered, the game will offer three choices of bonus rounds with varying degrees of volatility:
Train Heist Free Spins (Low Volatility) - This mode features an ascending multiplier that will increase by 1x every time a wild symbol lands on the reels. Each wild also adds one additional free spin to your remaining counter. Five more free spins are awarded if the multiplier reaches 16x.
Old Saloon Free Spins (Medium Volatility) - The second free spins mode plays identically to the bonus included in the original Dead or Alive. All wins are multiplied by 2x, and wild symbols become locked in place immediately after landing on the reels. If one or more wilds appear on all five reels, five additional free spins will be added to your remaining total.
High Noon Saloon Free Spins (High Volatility) - This is the option to choose if you are going for the game's top jackpot but be warned – you’ll almost certainly win very little in this mode the vast majority of the time. Whenever two wilds land on the same reel, they will be transformed into 2x multiplier wilds. Likewise, if all three positions on a reel are filled with wilds, all three will be converted into 3x multiplier wilds instead. Once again, hitting one or more wilds on all five reels during a single set of free spins will add five more spins to your remaining counter.
bonus buy feature
This is the only unique feature of the ‘feature buy’ version of Dead or Alive 2. You now have the option to purchase a set of free spins for 60x the normal price per spin. After making your purchase, you can choose your favourite free spin mode as if you had hit the scatters naturally.
DEAD OR ALIVE 2 SLOT REVIEW FINAL THOUGHTS
I’ve won more playing Dead or Alive than any other online slot, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this sequel. I wasn’t disappointed – this is still largely the same great online slot, but the new features make it even more exciting and interesting than before. And as for that 111,111x jackpot…. I’m determined to hit it someday!