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Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Box of Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Developer(s) Compile
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Yoji Ishii & Noriyoshi Oba (Producer)
Tetsuo Shinyu
Graphic Designer:
Takaya Segawa
Saori Yamaguchi
Hideaki Moriya
Keisuke Saka
Manabu Ishihara
Tsukasa Aoki
Composer(s) Tate Norio
Engine Puyo Puyo
Platform(s) Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Virtual Console
Release date(s) Mega Drive/Genesis
NA November 1993
EU November 1993
Game Gear
NA December 1993
EU January 1994
Master System
EU July 26, 1994
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single Player / Double Player / Endless / Puzzle Mode (8-bit versions only)
Rating(s) VRC General Audiences(GA)
Media Cartridge
Input methods Control pad

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, also known as Dr. Robotnik and his mean bean machine in parts of Europe, is a Puyo Puyo game released for the Sega Mega Drive, Game Gear, and the Sega Master System. Set in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog universe, it is the first Western Puyo Puyo release, and features Dr. Robotnik wanting to turn the beans of Beanville into robot slaves. This is also one of the very few games in which Sonic does not appear at all. The Mega Drive version was re-released in Sonic Compilation for 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 Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2009.



in-game screenshot of the last level of Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.

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 colours 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 colour; should they do this, the beans in the group will disappear.

Players must also contend with clear, or 'mean' 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 aim of the game is to keep the third column (from left to right) from filling up (failure to do so causes the player to lose) and to prevent the opposition from doing likewise. 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.

Boss list

  • Stage 1: Arms
  • Stage 2: Frankly
  • Stage 3: Humpty
  • Stage 4: Coconuts
  • Stage 5: Davy Sprocket
  • Stage 6: Skweel
  • Stage 7: Dynamight
  • Stage 8: Grounder
  • Stage 9: Spike
  • Stage 10: Sir F-Fuzzy Logik
  • Stage 11: Dragon Breath
  • Stage 12: Scratch
  • Stage 13: Dr. Robotnik

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 robotising machine called the Mean Bean-Steaming Machine (hence the name, Mean Bean Machine), so that 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. The game ends after a face-off with Robotnik.


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. These include:

  • The Title Theme uses minor chords from the beginning part of Memories of Puyo Puyo.
  • The Password music is Memories of Puyo Puyo (but not the full-length song).
  • The VS Mode music is Final of Puyo Puyo (without the intro).
  • The Panic music is a remix of Final of Puyo Puyo.
  • Dr. Robotnik's Intermission music is a looping segment from Brave of Puyo Puyo.
  • Exercise Mode uses Sticker of Puyo Puyo.
  • The Cast music is Theme of Puyo Puyo.
  • The Credits music is Sunset of Puyo Puyo.
  • The Game Over music is a minor-chord segment remix of Sticker of Puyo Puyo.

A few tracks that were unused from the game include renditions of Theme of Puyo Puyo, Brave of Puyo Puyo, the original Puyo Puyo win fanfare, an arrangement of the BGM in Stages 9–12, and a fast-paced arrangement of Dr. Robotnik's BGM. Unlike Kirby's Avalanche, where the only original music was Warning of Puyo Puyo, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is the only western release of Puyo Puyo game to feature music from the original Puyo Puyo game.


The Game Gear version in Exercise Mode

The game was released in November 1993 for North America markets. The game was never released as a standalone game in Japan. Compile declined the opportunity most likely because the game was too similar to the popular Puyo Puyo, whose sequel was, at the time, already in development (Puyo Puyo Tsu). When the game finally reached Japan, thanks to Sonic Mega Collection, it became known in that country as "Dr. Eggman's Mean Bean Machine".

An 8-bit version was also released for the Sega Master System and the Game Gear in 1993, 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.

On December 11, 2006, Sega released the game on the Wii's Virtual Console, at a price of 800 Wii Points.[1]

The game's latest appearance is in Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


The game, released for the Game Gear, received positive reviews. The Genesis/Mega Drive versions both received 76%.

Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 76%
GamePro 100%
IGN 75%


  1. ^ Parish, Jeremy (2006-10-31). "Wii Virtual Console Lineup Unveiled". 1UP.com. http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3154811. Retrieved 2006-11-01.  

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Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Box artwork for Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.
Developer(s) Compile
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date(s)
 November, 1993
Genre(s) Puzzle
System(s) Sega Genesis, Sega Channel, Sega Master System, Game Gear, Wii Virtual Console, Windows
Players 1
Mode(s) Single player, Two player, Endless, Puzzle Mode (8-bit versions)
VRC: General Audiences
Series Sonic the Hedgehog

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is a video game set within the Sonic the Hedgehog universe. It is a modified version of the Japanese puzzle game Puyo Puyo and has characters from the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Developer(s) Compile
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date Sega Genesis:
November 29, 1993 (NA)
Game Gear:
December 1993 (NA)
Sega Master System:
July 26, 1994 (EU)
Virtual Console:
December 11, 2006 (NA)
Genre Puzzle
Mode(s) Single player
1-2 players
Age rating(s) N/A
Sega Master System
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Genesis
Game Gear
Virtual Console
Platform(s) Sega Master System
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Genesis
Game Gear
As part of:
Sega Puzzle Pack
Sonic Mega Collection
Sonis Mega Collection Plus
Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
Input Sega Master System Controller
Sega Genesis Controller
Gamecube Controller
Wii Remote
Classic Controller
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Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is a remake of Puyo Puyo released for Sega Genesis and Game Gear which uses characters from the TV series Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. The Game Gear versions's Puzzle Mode was the origin of Nazo Puyo.



Dr. Robotnik has kidnapped the citizens of Beanville and is turning them into robots - to save them, you must pair them up, while your opponent is working for Robotnik.


Pair up groups of four or more beans (horizontally or vertically) to clear them. When a bean is cleared, the one on top fall down. If more beans are cleared this way, it is a chain. Chains are a major source of points, and send Refugee beans to your opponent.

Boss list

  • Stage 1: Arms
  • Stage 2: Frankly
  • Stage 3: Humpty
  • Stage 4: Coconuts
  • Stage 5: Davy Sprocket
  • Stage 6: Skweel
  • Stage 7: Dynamight
  • Stage 8: Grounder
  • Stage 9: Spike
  • Stage 10: Sir F-Fuzzy Logik
  • Stage 11: Dragon Breath
  • Stage 12: Scratch
  • Stage 13: Dr. Robotnik


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