BRING ME THOSE BEANS! The year is '93, and in an attempt to bring the obscure Japanese puzzle title Puyo Puyo to the leagues of American gamers (with hopes that it would actually SELL), Sega upped and decided the best way to do so - slap a popular company character on the cover and watch the dough roll in. And thus Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, the bastard child of Compile and Sonic Team was born. A carbon copy of Puyo Puyo with an AoStH paint job, the game featured googly-eyed puzzle pieces known as the Bean People. In the story (a story? For a puzzle game?) the nefarious Robuttnik (accompanies by Scratch, Grounder, Coconuts, and a number of other robutts) have kidnapped the good citizens of Beanville and are roboticizing them like its going out of style. With this being one of the only Sonic game where Sonic does not appear anywhere (which is hilariously ironic in the fact that the game only sold because it was under the Sonic brand), its up to the players to free the Bean People from 'buttnik's clutches through good old fashion puzzlin'. The Bean folk came in a number of colors, of which had to be mixed and matched and zapped away. They aren't really individual characters as they don't have much personality, or any personality, but hey, they still look kinda cute.