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Dead Canary is an online slot developed by Nolimit City. It has a shifting layout across a 3-4-3-4-3-4 area and has between 36 and 1728 ways to win. The highest po...ssible RTP is 96.02%, and the variance is high. Set in a mine, its features include cascading symbols, wild bombs, multipliers and free spins.

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  • Changing layout with up to 1728 ways to win
  • Cascading symbols
  • Free spins with multipliers


Animal lovers beware: you may not enjoy the premise of the Dead Canary slot...

Forcing cute little birds into a deadly mine may seem a touch on the cruel side - but that'd what we've come to expect from Nolimit City!

For those who can bear it, this is an immersive slot with incredible graphics and a highly creative layout that spans a 3-4-3-4-3-4 area. Sometimes there are 36 ways to win, and sometimes there are 1728.

It’s non-stop thrills, a worthy successor to the previous two Nolimit City slot mining games.

Theme, Graphics & Soundtrack

Coal mining can be hugely important but also incredibly dangerous. Traditionally, one way to reduce the risk was taking a canary in with you. The canary would detect poisonous gases, particularly colourless, odourless carbon monoxide, before humans knew it was there. They were an early warning system used until the 1980s.

Of course, these mines didn’t have a dwarf. He’s more out of Tolkien, adding a fantastical element to this highly detailed, incredibly atmospheric slot.

You wouldn’t think a setting of darkness and rock, with an underground lake of sickly yellow (research suggests it could be beer), could be so captivating. 

Perhaps it’s the crafted look of the wood and metal reels or the vivid realism in symbols including tools, rats and the dwarf. You can hear the heavy sound of the blocks moving along with dramatic, adventurous music.

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Dead Canary RTP and Variance

An annoying trend among modern online slots is variable RTP. Yes, we tell you not to take RTP too seriously, but it’s difficult to measure it at all when, as with Dead Canary, it can be 92.11%, 94.12%, 96.02%, or higher during features.

We’re glad for free casino slots where you can get a feel for returns yourself without risking real money, especially when risky high variance is involved.

How to Play Dead Canary

Helmet on? It’s a dangerous world!

  1. You do get some info on the loading screen to help with preparation.
  2. Some things are familiar, at least if you’ve played online slots before. There’s a menu that opens to the paytable and rules, with links to settings and game history.
  3. Settings allows you to mute or enable music and sound effects separately. There is a separate toggle on the main page, too.
  4. The last button in the bottom left is bet, where you can view every option. Just remember your budget. 
  5. Now head to the bottom right. It’s time to play and have fun! Stop when you hit your budget.

Bet & Win Sizes

Open the bet window to see a 0.20 minimum and 100 maximum. There’s a top win of 65,000x labelled “Happy Wife, Happy Life” for the dwarf’s marriage.

Ways to win may change, but you still need combinations of between 3 and 6 symbols, like most online slots. Here are the top values:

  • 10, J - 0.20
  • Q, K - 0.25
  • A - 0.30
  • Rope, Flask - 0.40
  • Compass - 0.50
  • Rat - 0.75
  • Dwarf - 1.50
Max-win 65,000x
Volatility High
Top RTP 96.02%

Dead Canary Bonus Features

Reel Area

You may be wondering how to unlock the Dead Canary online slot so its initial 3-3-2-2-1-1 layout turns into 3-4-3-4-3-4. One way is through winning combinations. Winning symbols explode and new ones cascade down before a row is unlocked. Other features, like xBomb explosions and wild mining, also unlock rows, or you can pay through xBet. Multipliers are awarded from the bottom.

Wild Mining

If you don’t have a winning combination but do have 3 or more symbols in a diagonal line, they’ll be removed and a wild placed in the centre position(s). These wilds are bombs, exploding after wins to increase multipliers and destroy other symbols. xBomb wild multipliers are similar.

Canary Free Spins

Find 3 scatters (xBet can help) and the reel area becomes 4-3-4-3-4-3-4 with 4 locked corners that open with xBombs. xBombs also reset your free spins count to 3. The aim is to collect coins, multipliers and upgrades.

  • Coins: Value between 1x and 100x.
  • Multipliers: x2 or x3.
  • Gas: Poisons adjacent birds and reduces scatter hit points.
  • Dwarf: Turns scatter into a persistent collector of other scatter spins and adds scatter hit points.
  • Rat: Turns scatter into a persistent payer that shares its value with other scatters and adds scatter hit points.
  • Upgrade: Turns silver scatters into gold and adds scatter hit points.

Dead Canary Review

There’s a lot going on here, to the extent that it can be hard to follow. Our Dead Canary slot review barely scratches the surface. What we can say with confidence is that this slot has a lot of depth, from graphics and gameplay to features, and the drama and detail isn’t without a sense of fun.

It’s worth savouring, like Mystery Museum.

Disclaimer: Dead Canary trademark / license is owned by NoLimit City. This site is not endorsed by NoLimit City.

Slot Data
Slot Name: Dead Canary
Software: NoLimit City
RTP: 96.02%
Volatility: High volatility
Paylines: 36
Reels: 6
Min Bet (all lines covered): £0.20 (GBP)
Max Bet: £1 (GBP)
Top Win: 65000
Features: Wild Symbol, Scatter Symbol, Multiplier, Free Spins, Respins, High volatility, 6 Reels, Cascading, Reel Modifiers, Hold and Spin
UK Available in UK? Yes. NoLimit City have a UKGC license and are allowed to offer their games at UK licensed casinos.


What is the RTP of Dead Canary?

That depends on the casino where you play and if you have any features activated. The base game could be 92.11%, 94.12% or 96.02%, which is very bad, pretty bad or pretty good respectively, but using the xBet feature could push it up even higher. As ever, these are only theoretical figures and matter less in free casino slots.

How does the layout of Dead Canary change?

You start with a 3-3-2-2-1-1 layout. Then, by finding winning combinations (and the subsequent cascading symbols), wild mining (diagonal rows of symbols replaced by wild bombs) or paying extra through xBet, you can unlock sealed areas until the layout is 3-4-3-4-3-4 and the multipliers at the bottom are released to you.

What happens during the Dead Canary free spins round?

Entering free spins expands the layout even further, to 4-3-4-3-4-3-4. You can collect coins and multipliers to increase your prizes, or increase or decrease your scatters with various upgrades and downgrades. xBombs will help you unlock the treasures sealed in the 4 vaults and reset your free spin count to 3 again.

What features does Dead Canary Slot have?

xBomb Wild Multiplier - Canary Freespins, xBet, Wild Mining amd Happy Wife Happy Life features

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