Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (1993)

Video Game  -  Action | Animation | Comedy  -  December 1993 (USA)
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Dr. Robotnik from "Sonic the Hedgehog" has invented a machine called The Mean Bean Steaming Machine, which Robotnik will use to transform the fun-loving citizens of Beanville into robot ... See full summary »

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Dr. Robotnik from "Sonic the Hedgehog" has invented a machine called The Mean Bean Steaming Machine, which Robotnik will use to transform the fun-loving citizens of Beanville into robot slaves to serve his evil purposes. Not even Sonic can stop this maniac this time. Who can? You. You must match witd with 12 of Robotnik's robot bad guys, including Coconuts, Grounder and Scratch. If you are successful, Robotnik will be defeated and the beans will be saved! Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Release Date:

December 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Eggman no Mean Bean Machine  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The game is a variation of the Mega Drive version of Puyo Puyo, a Tetris (1989) clone that has a sizable fanbase in Japan. The characters of the Puyo universe have appeared in over 50 games across 15+ platforms ranging from MSX2 to Sega Dreamcast. Series star Arle Nadja began her magic training in 1989 on an MSX2 RPG called Madou Monogatari, and in 1991 the more well-known Puyo Puyo was created using characters from the Madou Monogatari series. See more »

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At the end of the game when the machine is destroyed and the beans are all free, Dr. Robotnik escapes in his hover craft and the cast of characters roll, each one with three different faces: 1) Triumphant, 2) Normal, 3) Losing. See more »


References Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) See more »

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Very mean indeed
14 February 2010 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Falling block games reached the pinnacle of their evolution fairly quickly as Dr. Robotnik's MBM from 1993 is easily the most complex and fun example of the genre that began with Tetris, a primitive Russian strategy game from 1984 that has since become iconic. MBM is hardly an iconic game, but it is very cute if punishingly difficult.

I first played the game way back when it was first released at the age of twelve. I got to about level three before it got too hard from my kid's brain to cope with. Now, with the HD version on the PlayStation 3, I am able to save my progress and easily restart each level the moment I lose it is STILL nearly impossible and that's on medium difficulty.

There are 13 stages in total (the Robotnik level is a hidden final stage) and with each progression the falling beans get slightly faster with greater variation between them. It was certainly luck and not skill that took me to the final stage and end credits, but what a relief when it was finally over!

Graphics B Sound B Gameplay A- Lasting Appeal A-

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