"These new Quartermania games are hotter than Hades," said John Sears, IGT’s vice president of MegaJackpots, "which is, well, appropriate since one of them is called Diablo Diamonds."
Sears was referring to the fact that within a few days of "going live" the new Quartermania MegaJackpots theme hit twice, paying the lucky winners over $200,000 each.
IGT is the company that developed Quartermania and 19 other statewide progressive systems in Nevada.
The newly revised Quartermania theme features two 3-coin, 3-line spinning reel slot games: Triple Texas Tea which is based on the wildly popular video slot, and Diablo Diamond, a new spin on the classic Double Diamond theme. Both games feature bonus games where the action moves to the three giant bonus reels where Texas Ted or Diablo, himself, announce the mounting grand total win.
In addition to the large progressive award, Quartermania also offers a "MiniMania" award that starts at $2,000.
To win the progressive, three Quartermania symbols must land on the third payline with a maximum bet. The Instant Winner MegaJackpots award is paid instantly upon verification of the jackpot.
Colorful graphics, lifelike sound on the enhanced audio system and big wheel excitement all add to the fun.
"We have added more bells and whistles to update the theme and, while we were at it, we tried to build in some laughs," Sears said. "The chance of winning a big jackpot is exciting but we want every spin to be entertaining."
IGT launched the original version of Quartermania in 1988 in response to the popularity of Megabucks. It was the first quarter MegaJackpots game and at one time had 1,200 machines in service in Nevada