About This Slot
A vengeful Western narrative is the basis for the latest Push Gaming release. It comes around the same time as Quickspin’s dark, revenge-fuelled game, Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood, but it’s somewhat less sombre and definitely runs on a more forgiving maths model than that highly volatile slot.
The Deadly 5 might also conjure up images of Tarantino’s blood-soaked Western, The Hateful 8, but the comparisons stop right there too. Push’s new slot offers balanced gameplay and simple features that make it a light, fun and easy-playing game instead. The action takes place in a classic Western town setting with the main street providing the backdrop to a 5×4 reel set, with cacti and barrels to the left and right. The artwork is typical of Push’s studio – clean with sharp edges, charismatic figures and their standard buttons and info screen making you feel at home if you’ve played their games before.
The official release date for the Deadly 5 is 31st August, after which you’ll find it at most slot sites in the UK.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
Turning to the maths model here and the variance is far more forgiving than the Deadly 5’s treacherous sounding characters might suggest. Push rate it as a medium variance slot which is unusual for them and suggests it will appeal to a wider audience than most of their previous output which leans towards the much higher end of the volatility spectrum.
The RTP is a good-value 96.39% and the top payout is maxed at 5,000x. This is reasonable for a mid-variance game but falls far below what we have come to expect from Push whose recent releases have included Bison Battle and Big Bamboo, both with 50,000x top payouts.
Spins start at just 10p per play.
Symbols and Graphics
Onto the symbols and the low payers here are made up of horseshoes, cowboy boots, flasks and pistols with a maximum 5x payout for five of the best value.
Now here is a weird thing – there are just FOUR outlaw characters populating the reels. We can only guess that the fifth of the Deadly 5 must be the Sheriff himself who makes up the Wild character in the game. Anyway, four outlaws are named Billy the Bull, Eliza Ryder, Irene Bullseye and El Fuego! And it’s a notable feature of the Deadly 5 that the symbols all have very good value – if you land FIVE of the El Fuegos you will pocket 75x for example.
The Sheriff Badge Wild is particularly useful because not only does he sub in for all other symbols to form lines but he’ll also score you a 250x payout for five on a payline. Now that is definitely worth shooting for!
Also, look out for the scatters because you’ll need them to unlock the main event, the free spins, as explained in the next section.
What We Like
Balanced payouts with regular wins
Nice artwork and smooth animations
Sticky Wild Reels in Free Spins round
High paying wild - 250x top payout
Scatters pay as well as triggering spins
What We Don't Like
5,000x jackpot is low
Fewer features than many new slots
Gameplay and Features
The Deadly 5 keep the action simple – there are none of the crazy symbol interaction and innovative event-led payouts of Mad Cars. What there is will be easy to follow and utilises familiar features including wilds and free spins.
Here is what to look out for:
Sheriff’s Bonus – the main man is dishing out the free spins, maybe in an effort to ensnare the outlaws in the games title. Scatters here will get you both free spins AND instant payouts as follows:
- 3 Scatters – 10 free spins and a 3x win
- 4 Scatters – 15 free spins and a 10x win
- 5 Scatters – 20 free spins and a 50x win
During the round a Sheriff Wild is going to occupy the far-right reel for EVERY spin. That is a sticky, wild reel and as such increases your odds of a win.
You’ll also spot a WANTED poster sitting above each reel. These posters will each display one of the FOUR premium symbols. If a matching premium lands on the reel beneath then that premium EXPANDS AND TURNS WILD.
This means you can, if you get really lucky, land 5 Wild Reels on one spin!
We are deep into an era when online slots are becoming more and more complicated and chaotic. Load up the latest No Limit City experience and it’s no surprise if you are cross-eyed just trying to follow the action on the reels for 5 minutes. So sometimes it can be a pleasant surprise to load up a game by one of the new wave of slots studios and find they’ve decided to keep things simple instead. And that is exactly what we enjoyed about Deadly 5 from Push Gaming.
This is a great-looking slot with a nicely balanced pay model and a really simple feature list. It won’t serve up the kind of wins you might get in Bison Battle or even Mad Cars, but it won’t confound and frustrate to the same level as those slots either. Plus there is still the outside chance of hitting 5 wild reels in the free spins round – and who’d turn their noses up at that!