Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

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Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Screenshot MeanBeanMachine Title.png
Title Screen (Mega Drive version)
DeveloperCompile
Sega Technical Institute
PublisherSega
PlatformsMega Drive, Master System, Game Gear, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Wii Virtual Console, Mega Drive Mini
Players1-2 players
Release dateMega Drive
United States December 1993
Europe January 1994

Master System

Europe July 26, 1994

Game Gear

United States 1993
Europe 1993

GameCube (Sonic Mega Collection)

Japan December 19, 2002
United States November 10, 2002
Europe March 7, 2003

Xbox (Sonic Mega Collection Plus)

Japan December 9, 2004
United States November 2, 2004
Europe February 4, 2005

Playstation 2 (Sonic Mega Collection Plus)

Japan December 9, 2004
United States November 2, 2004
Europe February 4, 2005

Microsoft Windows (Sonic Mega Collection Plus)

United States March 9, 2007
Europe March 31, 2006

Wii Virtual Console

United States December 11, 2006

Mega Drive Mini

United States September 19, 2019
Europe October 4, 2019

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is Sega's localized version of Puyo Puyo (1992) using characters from the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon.

Story

The evil Dr. Robotnik has hatched yet another plan to ensure that no music or fun remains on Mobius. To do this, he kidnaps the citizens of Beanville and stuffs them into a machine called the Mean Bean-Steaming Machine, turning them into robot slaves. The player, a citizen of Beanville named Has Bean (a renamed Carbuncle, must now defeat each of the robot guards and Robotnik himself to foil his evil plans.

Stages

Unlike Puyo Puyo, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine gives players a password after each stage so they can continue (or start) from any point in the story mode. There are 13 stages.

Easy levels

  • Arms - A weak red UFO shaped badnik with long stretchy arms. Plays like Draco Centauros.
  • Frankly - A purple macho bot who likes to smile. Plays like Suketoudara, and shakes the board like Zoh Daimaoh.
  • Humpty - A shy robot based off Humpty Dumpty, who will peel at the bandage on his face when worried. Plays like Sukiyapodes.
  • Coconuts - A monkey who claims to be Robotnik's favorite robot, but is always put on sanitation duty. He still does his best to capture Sonic any chance he gets, and is a recurring character in the TV series. Plays like Harpy.

Normal levels

  • Davy Sprocket - A pioneer-based bot who's always searching for trouble and adventure. Plays like Sasoriman.
  • Skweel - A snobby pig on wheels who's a literal road hog, arguably the most hated. Plays like Panotty.
  • Dynamight - A TNT–based badnik with an "explosive" personality. Plays like Zombie.
  • Grounder - The successor to Dr. Robotnik's Burrobots. This specific Grounder is a failed clone of another robot, Scratch, and was placed on Robotnik's "Super Special Sonic Search and Smash Squad" alongside him. He isn't very smart, much like his partner. He is a recurring character in the series. Plays like Witch.

Hard levels

  • Spike - A fat rebellious robot who insults fellow badniks. Plays like Zoh Daimaoh, though he doesn't shake the board like Frankly and Dragon Breath.
  • Sir Ffuzzy-Logik - A scary-looking knight who carries a trident. Plays like Schezo Wegey, which is odd since they're both old fashion warriors.
  • Dragon Breath - A reptile bot who teases or holds rivalry toward Ffuzzy-Logik, they could be possibly be friends though. Plays like Minotaur.
  • Scratch - Robotnik's right-hand Badnik. He is Grounder's partner in the S.S.S.S.S. Squad, and is the smarter of the two, though this doesn't say a lot considering his own stupidity. He is a recurring character in the TV series. Plays like Rulue.

Final level

  • Dr. Robotnik - The demented doctor himself. He thrives on pain and suffering, and hates joy, fun, and most of all, his nemesis Sonic the Hedgehog. Fed up with his minions' incompetence, he decides he has to "do his own dirty work and blend those beans" himself. Plays like Satan.

Passwords

These are passwords that can be used to start at any stage in the scenario mode on the specified difficulty.

Easy difficulty

Stage Password
Stage 2 - Frankly MeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.png
Stage 3 - Humpty MeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.png
Stage 4 - Coconuts MeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 5 - Davy Sprocket MeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.png
Stage 6 - Skweel MeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.png
Stage 7 - Dynamight MeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.png
Stage 8 - Grounder MeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.png
Stage 9 - Spike MeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.png
Stage 10 - Sir Ffuzzy-Logik MeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.png
Stage 11 - Dragon Breath MeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.png
Stage 12 - Scratch MeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 13 - Dr. Robotnik MeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.png

Normal difficulty

Stage Password
Stage 2 - Frankly MeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 3 - Humpty MeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 4 - Coconuts MeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.png
Stage 5 - Davy Sprocket MeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 6 - Skweel MeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 7 - Dynamight MeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.png
Stage 8 - Grounder MeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 9 - Spike MeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.png
Stage 10 - Sir Ffuzzy-Logik MeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.png
Stage 11 - Dragon Breath MeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.png
Stage 12 - Scratch MeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 13 - Dr. Robotnik MeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.png

Hard difficulty

Stage Password
Stage 2 - Frankly MeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 3 - Humpty MeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.png
Stage 4 - Coconuts MeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.png
Stage 5 - Davy Sprocket MeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.png
Stage 6 - Skweel MeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.png
Stage 7 - Dynamight MeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.png
Stage 8 - Grounder MeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 9 - Spike MeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.png
Stage 10 - Sir Ffuzzy-Logik MeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 11 - Dragon Breath MeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.png
Stage 12 - Scratch MeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.png
Stage 13 - Dr. Robotnik MeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.png

Hardest difficulty

Stage Password
Stage 2 - Frankly MeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 3 - Humpty MeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.png
Stage 4 - Coconuts MeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.png
Stage 5 - Davy Sprocket MeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.png
Stage 6 - Skweel MeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 7 - Dynamight MeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.png
Stage 8 - Grounder MeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png
Stage 9 - Spike MeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.png
Stage 10 - Sir Ffuzzy-Logik MeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.png
Stage 11 - Dragon Breath MeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine PurpleBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.png
Stage 12 - Scratch MeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine GreenBean.pngMeanBeanMachine HasBean.pngMeanBeanMachine BlueBean.png
Stage 13 - Dr. Robotnik MeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RedBean.pngMeanBeanMachine RefugeeBean.pngMeanBeanMachine YellowBean.png

Development

The success of Sonic the Hedgehog resulted in an increase of Mega Drive sales and boosted Sega's popularity. During Sonic's popularity in the early 1990s, two Sonic cartoons were created by DIC Entertainment (which was later folded into Cookie Jar Entertainment, then later folded into WildBrain, formerly known as DHX Media). One was light-hearted, while the other was more serious in tone. The characters from the light-hearted cartoon, Adventure of Sonic the Hedgehog, would be used in Mean Bean Machine to replace the Puyo Puyo characters.

Trivia

  • This game retains the AI glitch from Puyo Puyo (1992)'s original arcade and Mega Drive versions. Holding left or right on Controller 2 will disable the AI's ability to manually drop pieces.
  • Four songs from the original game can be heard. The two-player competitive mode uses the theme "Final of Puyo Puyo," the practice mode uses "Sticker of Puyo Puyo," the cutscene before the battle with Dr. Robotnik uses "Brave of Puyo Puyo" like in the original, and the character roll uses an altered version of "Theme of Puyo Puyo."
    • Interestingly, the original "Theme of Puyo Puyo" can be found in the game's data.
  • Arle's graphics in the original Puyo Puyo (1992) must be loaded alongside the dialogue boxes. As such, the developers left her sprites in, and chose not to draw them during pre-battle cutscenes. There is also a set of Harpy sprites, as well as Lesson/Endless Mode graphics, VS difficulty sprites, the "PAUSE" graphic from the original, the original game over screen, the original victory and loss graphics from VS mode, the original high score screen, the original font, and a credit counter from the arcade version.
  • This game is one of the selections on the Sega Genesis Mini/European Sega Mega Drive Mini, replacing Puyo Puyo (1992). Switching the system language of the Genesis Mini/EU Mega Drive Mini to Japanese, Traditional Chinese or Korean replaces this game with its overseas counterpart. Interestingly, when M2, the creators of the Mini's emulator, localized SEGA Ages Puyo Puyo, they did not include Mean Bean Machine at all.
  • The Mean Bean Machine is a boss in the video game Sonic Mania, in act 2 of the Chemical Plant Zone. Sonic will be forced into a Mean Bean match against Dr. Robotnik, the loser being dropped into a spike pit. This mode is identical to the original Puyo Puyo, meaning offsetting is not possible. The match also plays a remixed version of "Final of Puyo Puyo."
    • It can also be played as an unlockable mode, if 21 of the 32 total medals are obtained. The background of the unlockable mode is based on the background of Puyo Puyo's Endless Mode.

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