''Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine'' is an 1993 SegaGenesis video game, being an interesting SpinOff of the SonicTheHedgehog video game series--or in this case, a spinoff of [[Creator/DiCEntertainment DiC]]'s ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' cartoon series. Wheras most Sonic games are typical platformers, this game is, of all things, a puzzle game--or specifically, an [[DolledUpInstallment American mock-up]] of the japanese puzzle classic PuyoPuyo!

The plot is centered around [[MemeticBadass AOSTH's Dr. Robotnik]], who, in an attempt to guarantee no fun or music on Mobius, kidnaps the citizens of [[PlanetOfHats Beanville]] to be thrown into a Roboticizer-esque device, the eponymous Mean Bean-Steaming Machine, to be [[UnwillingRoboticisation converted into robotic slaves]] for the doctor. Unfortunately, Sonic himself is nowhere to be found, [[NoFourthWall so you, the player,]] must take up the noble deed of bringing down Dr. Robotnik's scheme, but not before beating his mooks in their bean puzzle games!

Despite getting [[AntagonistTitle top billing]], you do NOT get to play as Dr. Robotnik in this game. Gamers would have to wait until ''VideoGame/SonicDrift'', ''VideoGame/SonicR'' and ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' before gamers could play as him, and this was only franchise's main Robotnik/Eggman character, but it would be another few years before he got his own fangame to himself, ''SuperRobotnikLand''.

Compare [[SonicTheHedgehogSpinball Sonic Spinball]], which is a SpinOff game very loosely based on [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM Sat AM Sonic the Hedgehog]]. Also compare [[{{Kirby}} "Kirby's Avalanche"]] for the [[SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]], which was another Puyo Puyo mockup.


* AffectionateParody: [[http://sonicfanon.wikia.com/wiki/ROBUTTNIKS_MEAN_BEAN_MACHEAN ROBUTTNIKS MEAN BEAN MACHEAN]]
* AntagonistTitle
* AscendedExtra: The majority of enemies you face in this game were minor characters in the pilot episode for ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' ("Sonic Search And Smash Squad"). Most of them aren't even granted real names or speaking roles outside this game.
* BodyHorror: The beans being turned into robots via the Mean Bean Machine.
* BriffitsAndSqueans: Plewds appear when enemies are close to losing. When they're in really big trouble, they start flashing as well. It's really disheartening to lose after this.
* TheCameo: Scratch and Grounder make background appearances initially, and you get to challenge both of them later, as well as Coconuts. Many characters from the Adventures of Sonic pilot appear as boss characters in this game.
* CollapsingLair: What happens to Robotnik's lab when you defeat him.
* CompilationRerelease: Is a staple of many {{Sega}} and Sonic the Hedgehog collections.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Scratch (the penultimate opponent, before Robotnik himself) outright informs the player that he cheats. Several of the AI characters move their beans with supernatural speed and are guaranteed enormous combos if the player doesn't hit them hard and early.
* CutSong: While heavily-redone versions of "Theme of Puyo Puyo" and "Brave of Puyo Puyo" were used in the final game, more faithful remixes of both songs are buried within the game's audio data.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: Dynamight explodes upon defeat.
* DolledUpInstallment
* DramaticWind: Sir Ffuzzy-Logik has this in his intro.
* TheDragon: [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog Scratch]], being the opponent you face right before Robotnik.
** Also Dragon Breath (right before Scratch) to a lesser extent, as he's the leader of the bounty hunters in the pilot episode of the show.
* EasterEgg: If you press buttons on the title screen, you can make some of the letters jump.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Coconuts.
* EvilLaugh: Wait long enough on the Game Over screen, and Robotnik delivers a grainy one--he also does this if you lose during the final battle against him.
* ExcusePlot: Robotnik is turning beans into robots [[ForTheEvulz just to be a jerk]], so you have to beat him and his robots in puzzle duels.
* {{Expy}}: Has Bean for [[PuyoPuyo Puyo Puyo's]] mascot, Carbuncle.
* FlyingSaucer: Arms is shaped like one.
* HotBlooded: Dr. Robotnik, evidently.
* MechaMooks: Robotnik's minions.
* {{Miniboss}}: Coconuts, Grounder and Scratch, in that order. They appear every 4th level, concluding a tier.
* NintendoHard: The entire game from stage 6 and onward, especially if you manage to get as far as Robotnik.
** Justified, since a unique password function was added to this version of the game, the difficulty has been upped slightly. In addition, each stage is faster than the last. [[spoiler: Robotnik's stage is the fastest of all.]]
* NoFourthWall: Yes, YOU, the player, are really the one who has to save the day. No sign of Sonic, Tails, or Arle anywhere.
* NoMouth: Sir Ffuzzy-Logik doesn't have a mouth.
* OhCrap: Most of the opponents do a variation of this when their area begins to overfill.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Dragon Breath, an armored robot with a dragon-like head.
* ThePioneer: Davy Sprocket.
* {{Pun}}: The first robot you fight isn't above making a crack about his extendable arms.
** ''Every single enemy'' does this in their banter to some extent.
* PunnyName: Has Bean, the little guy who sticks in the middle of the gameplay columns.
* SlasherSmile: Most enemies bear a particularly evil grin whenever you're on the losing end.
* SmugSnake: [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110917233854/sonic/images/9/94/Mean_Bean_Machine_-_Scratch_win.jpg Scratch when he's winning]]. That's the face of nightmares!
* SongsInTheKeyOfPanic: A particularly frantic one is used whenever you overstack your beans. Especially effective since it is remixed from the final boss theme from the original ''PuyoPuyo''.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: The final opponent, Dr. Robotnik himself, is the 13th one you fight.
* ToothyBird: Scratch, when he shows an EvilGrin whenever he gets the upper hand over you. And you won't like it when those goons grin.
* TrueFinalBoss: Not really a secret, but initially Scratch appears to be the last opponent in the line-up. Once you beat him, that's when it's revealed that you have to face Dr. Robotnik himself in one final showdown.