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Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine Expands the Sonic Universe – Today in Retro Gaming – November 26th, 1993

Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

It is not all that often that we see two competing companies licensing the same game from overseas. That is exactly what happened between Sega and Nintendo when they licensed the Puyo Puyo game from Compile. Nintendo released Kirby’s Avalanche on the Super Nintendo and Sega released this game, Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, on their Sega Genesis console. Fans of this particular puzzle genre finally didn’t have to buy the competing console to enjoy it. The characters contained within, though, were another story.

The basic play mechanics of Puyo Puyo are kept completely intact in Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine by Sega. Pieces fall in pairs from the top of the screen and must be paired up in sets of four or more. Matches are made horizontally and vertically but also in squares and rectangles (2×2, 2×4, and so on). When completing pairs, the above beans will drop and if they create more matches, then you create combos. This is where things get frenetic. As combos are created, you send/receive trash from your opponent when playing in the competitive modes.

The story behind Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine is all evil incarnate. Dr Robotnik has conceived an idea to rid the planet of Mobius of fun and music. What ensues is a mass kidnapping craze at the hands of the evil doctor. The citizens of Beanville are captured, fed into the Mean Bean-Steaming Machine and turned into little robot critters that do the doctor’s evil bidding. Your job in Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine is to stop this atrocity.

What is interesting about Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine is that Sonic is not mentioned one time in the game–never. This makes Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine one of the few titles to not feature Sega’s former mascot in some form.

Grab a copy of Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine on eBay. Thanks to Sega keeping the game alive on various compilations, it is easier to grab that way than on cartridge, at least for many gamers.

Carl Williams

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