Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
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|Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine|
|Developer(s)||Sega Technical Institute (16-bit only)
|Series||Sonic the Hedgehog|
|Release date(s)||Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, known as Dr. Robotnik and His Mean Bean Machine in Europe, is a puzzle game developed by Compile and released by Sega for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System. It is the Western release of Puyo Puyo and the first Puyo Puyo game to be released in the West. It is based on the animated cartoon series, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. It is also one of a few titles in the Sonic the Hedgehog series to not feature Sonic himself. The game was released in North America on November 26, 1993 and in Europe in January 1994, with the Sega Master System version released in Europe in July 1994.
Dr. Robotnik has hatched a plan to ensure that no music or fun remains on Mobius. To do this, he kidnaps the jolly citizens of Beanville and stuffs them into a giant roboticizing machine called the Mean Bean-Steaming Machine (hence the name, Mean Bean Machine), before they become devious little robot slaves, as well as getting rid of them. The instruction manual states that the disappearing Beans are sent to the Mean Bean Machine, regardless of which character does this. And so the player sets off on a daring adventure to stop Robotnik (Sonic is never mentioned throughout the game to rescue or help the player). The game ends after a face-off with Robotnik, in which the player frees the beans. On the Game Over Screen, Robotnik starts laughing after the timer reaches zero. Opponents: Arms, Frankly, Humpty, Coconuts, Davy Sprocket, Skweel, Dynamight, Grounder, Spike, Sir Fuzzy Logik, Dragon Breath, Scratch, Dr.Robotnik
The game is played with two opponents, each controlling one of two grids. Beans fall from the top in groups of two, coming in various colors and one pair falling each "turn". The player must attempt to arrange the beans into groups of at least four beans all of the same color; should they do this, the beans in the group will disappear.
Players must also contend with clear, or 'refugee' beans which are deposited in the player's grid by their opponent removing larger chains of beans. If a player is able to cause a chain reaction by removing one set of beans, and hence causing another set to group and disappear, and so on, the resultant number of refugees deposited will be far higher. Refugee beans cannot be removed by being arranged into groups of four; the only way to remove them is to remove normal beans adjacent to the refugee. A player can attempt to send refugees to their opponent in order to frustrate their attempts to remove beans. The player whose screen fills up with beans first loses.
The game has three main modes. Scenario Mode has the player going through thirteen levels facing against Robotnik's badniks (which include Scratch, Grounder, Coconuts, and various badniks from the first episode of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog) before facing off against Robotnik himself. As the game is played, Robotnik's henchmen become increasingly skilled and beans begin to fall faster, making it more difficult to arrange them into desirable configurations. Upon the completion of a level, the game gives the player a password enabling them to start from that point in the game next time they play. Exercise Mode allows the player to play without a CPU opponent, with gameplay going faster as the game goes on. Another player may join in at any time. 1P vs 2P Mode allows two players to compete against each other. The Game Gear version of the game also features Puzzle Mode, in which players must use a limited supply of beans to clear a screen.
The music used in the Mega Drive version of Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine are an assortment of remixes from the original Puyo Puyo game as well as having its own soundtrack.
The game was released on November 26, 1993 for North American markets. The game was never released as a standalone game in Japan, only appearing in the country as part of compilations.
An 8-bit version was also released for the Sega Game Gear in the same year and the Sega Master System in the followng year, which featured similar game play, but also included a "Puzzle Mode", in which the player must clear a series of flashing beans amidst a large pile.
The game was re-released in Sonic Compilation for the Genesis/Mega Drive, Sonic Mega Collection for the Nintendo GameCube in 2002, Sonic Mega Collection Plus for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2004; which also contains the Game Gear version, and Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection (also known as Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection in North America) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2009. In 2006, Sega released the game on the Wii's Virtual Console. On the 13th Sep 2010, it was also released on Steam.
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