Hot off the press in the Wild Wild West – DOA 2!
This April Dead Or Alive 2 from NetEnt
Dead Or Alive 2 – the meanest video slot in the west from NetEnt, will be released on the 21st of April. A sequel no one realised they were waiting for or expected, but a great gift indeed. Anyone who likes high volatile slots is surely jumping up and down in their seats just as we at Guide2Gambling!
The slot trailer for Dead Or Alive 2 by NetEnt
The first sequel by NetEnt of a classic
NetEnt has been cautious when it comes to do sequels to their most popular slot machines, take Starburst, twin spin and the relatively new classic Warlords. A collection of classic NetEnt slot games with no sequels, which Dead Or Alive have been a part of as well until now. Other game providers like Yggdrasil quickly released Vikings Go Berzerk the sequel to Vikings go Wilds. It became a smash hit and even more successful than the original a recipe that worked out great for Yggdrasil. Perhaps it’s a strategy NetEnt copied or is this just a NetEnt in crisis and grasping at straws to stay relevant?
NetEnt has been in decline every since releases like Joker Pro and Wild Wild West, which we saw in 2017. To years later there hasn’t been any notable release from NetEnt something which really is reflected in the stock price for the Swedish game manufacturer.
Either way, the decision behind the sequel doesn’t matter – I’m, super excited for this release, I mean Dead or Alive is one of the most legendary online slots on the web. Any experienced slot player will have a relationship to this beast of a slot.
There is a big resemblance to the original in the symbols. Fortunately with a huge graphical improvement, which on the other hand is no surprise. The characters keep true to the cartoonish style, without looking too childish similar to Wild toro by Elk. There is playfulness in the graphics but still, manage to feel targeted towards adults.
The low-paying symbols are represented as royals – more or less exactly the same look as in the original.
Lets advance to the heart of the slot, the bonus game!
The sequel features not 1 but 3 different bonus games. You trigger the bonus game by getting 3 scatter symbols. You can choose which out of the 3 bonus game you want to play. Something I really like. It’s always great when you as the player get to decide what bonus to play, instead of getting it randomly picked for you. The feel or should I say illusion of control in a game of chance is what makes it great!
This feature has an increasing multiplier. If you get the maximum of 16 you will get an additional free spin of 5.
How to get increase the multiplier? Every wild that land on the reels during the free spins increase the multiplier, but the wilds are not sticky and thus won’t stay.
For some reason, I get a feeling it will feel a bit like the bonus round in Montezuma by WMS, which also has a multiplier. Even though mechanically they do not work in the same way I think the anticipation will be just the same! I can’t wait to try this bonus feature with real money.
High Noon Saloon
High Noon Saloon where wilds are sticky and give an x2 multiplier, but if you get a full reel of wilds they turn x3. Adding numerous ways to get huge winnings! I assume you get the additional 5 free spins once you have landed wild symbols on each reel.
For me, the mechanics of this bonus makes me feel like the money is far, far away. It will be incredibly difficult to reach full potential. Landing 3 wilds on the same reel to get the x3 multiplier on more than 1 reel – to secure huge winnings. Feels as difficult as winning the Mega Moolah jackpot. Well, one of my rules, I have is, if a slot game makes you feel like winning huge in a the bonus game is as difficult to win a jackpot – I’m better of playing a jackpot game instead!
This is from what I could see from the video exactly the same as the original. You get Sticky Wild symbols and all wins are x2. You get an additional +5 free spins if you manage to land a wild symbol on each reel – the dream very few of us will experience, but the reason we keep coming back, to the slot over and over again.
It feels worthy as a sequel but also a bit lazy, there is nothing that blows my mind, in terms of innovation. It feels like NetEnt has tried to play it safe.
Only time will tell us if the sequel can live up to the original or if this is just a desperate attempt to revive the old NetEnt we all love. Seemingly an attempt by a gaming supplier who lost its identity in the last couple of years and slowly falling apart!