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    Title of Game: Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
    Name of System: Genesis/Mega Drive
    Type of Guide: FAQ
    Number of Version: Version 1.3
    Last Revision Date: 30-04-13
    Name of Writer: Tails333
    
    Table of Contents
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    1.  Introduction
    2.  Version History
    3.  Story
    4.  Game Overview
    	4.01 - Game Controls
    	4.02 - Main Menu
    	4.03 - Game Screen
    	4.04 - Bean Diagrams
    5.  Scenario Mode Guide
    6.  Hints and Tips
    7.  Frequently Asked Questions
    8.  Credits
    9.  Contact Information
    10. Copyright Information
    
    TIP: If you want to find a section in the Table of Contents more quickly and
    easily, press Ctrl + F simultaneously to bring up the 'Find' function menu.
    Type or paste the name/number of the section into the menu.  Click on 'Find
    Next' to go to the section you've typed or pasted.
    
    NOTE: This FAQ was written using Sonic Compilation's version, but it can be 
    used with all versions of the game.
    
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    1.  Introduction
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    Thank you for choosing to read my Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine FAQ.  I hope
    this guide gives you some assistance in completing this game.  I've written a
    Game Overview, Scenario Mode Guide, Hints and Tips, and much more.  Beware of
    the spoilers, though.  The game's storyline is based on Adventures of Sonic the
    Hedgehog, an old American Sonic animated television series.
    
    Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is a modified version of the Japanese Puyo
    Puyo puzzle game series.  Since the latter was not at the time a well-known
    franchise in the West, the Sonic-related game was released in an attempt to
    turn things around.  The attempt proved to be successful, as many western Puyo
    Puyo players started playing the series when they played this game.  Although
    the game was never released in Japan for the Mega Drive (it was probably too
    similar to Puyo Puyo), it was finally released on Sonic Mega Collection.
    
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    2.  Version History
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    Version 1.0, 14th August 2006:
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    *Submitted the FAQ.
    
    Version 1.1, 19th August 2006:
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    *Added ASCII art to the top of the FAQ.
    
    Version 1.2, 2nd September 2006:
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    *Changed the Credits section.
    
    Version 1.3, 30th April 2013:
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    *Tidied up "Version History".
    *Rewrote "Scenario Mode Guide".
    
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    3.  Story
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    Dr. Robotnik, that malicious mastermind of planet Mobius, is always coming up
    with new ways to menace the world and its inhabitants.  Witness his newest
    plan: the Mean Bean-Steaming Machine, a nasty device that changes the jolly
    folk of Beanville into devious little robots that will help the deranged doctor
    rid Mobius of music and fun forever!
    
    Robotnik's henchbots are rounding up all the unfortunate bean folk they can
    find and grouping them together in dark dungeons.  Once four or more beans are
    grouped together, they are sent to the Mean Bean Machine and a horrible fate!
    
    Here's where you come in: You can group the bean folk together and allow them
    to escape! However, there is only a short time before the holding area
    overfills and bursts open.  To make matters worse, the henchbots have noticed
    you, and are trying to short-circuit your plans for good!
    
    You must move more beans through your dungeon than the henchbot jailer next to
    you, and at the same time bust your enemy's dungeon wide open.  If you succeed,
    you'll be sent up the line to deal with the wilier henchbots, and eventually
    with that rotten Robotnik himself!
    
    The beans are counting on you!
    
    (Taken from Instruction Manual)
    
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    4.  Game Overview
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    This section overviews everything you should know prior to starting this game.
    
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    			4.01 - GAME CONTROLS
    ===============================================================================
    
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    			Menu Screen Controls
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    Name			| Description
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    +Control Pad		| Choose selections
    Start Button		| Make selections
    A Button		| Make selections
    B Button		| Same as A
    C Button		| Same as A
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
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    			Game Screen Controls
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    Name			| Description
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Left/Right		| Move your beans left or right
    Down			| Move your beans down faster
    Start Button		| Pause/resume the game
    A Button		| Arrange your beans
    B Button		| Same as A
    C Button		| Same as A
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    
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    			4.02 - MAIN MENU
    ===============================================================================
    
    When you press the Start Button at the Title Screen, you'll be sent to the Main
    Menu.  There are 4 options (Scenario Mode, 1P Vs 2P Mode, Exercise Mode, and
    Options) to choose from.
    
    Scenario Mode
    -------------
    If you want to begin the 1-Player Mode, select Scenario Mode.  Choose Start if
    you want to start a new game.  If you want to continue a game, select Continue.
    This mode is divided into 13 stages.  After you clear a stage, you can play the
    next one.  Passwords allow you to continue at the stage where you left off.
    At the Options screen, there are four difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, Hard,
    and Hardest) to choose from.
    
    1P Vs 2P Mode
    -------------
    If you want to begin the 2-Player Mode, select 1P Vs 2P Mode and you'll be sent
    to the Level Selection screen.  There are five difficulty levels (Easiest, Easy,
    Normal, Hard, and Hardest) to choose from.  Since players can pick their own
    difficulty level, beginners and veterans of this game can have great matches
    against each other.  When one player wins a majority of the matches, your wins
    and losses are tallied.
    
    Exercise Mode
    -------------
    If you want to practice, select Exercise Mode to improve your skills, alone or
    with a friend.  There are three difficulty levels (Easiest, Normal, and Hardest)
    and three bonus settings (No bonus, 40,000 point bonus, and 90,000 point bonus)
    to choose from.  Unlike Scenario Mode and 1P Vs 2P Mode, no garbage beans will
    be dropped into your dungeon.  Two characters named Has Bean and Big Bean can
    drop down to help you out.  When the former walks over beans, they will change
    to the same colour and disappear.  If the latter drops onto them, they'll
    immediately vanish.
    
    Options
    -------
    If you want to see the options, select Options and you'll be sent to the
    Options Selection screen.  You can customize the functions of Buttons A, B and
    C on your Control Pad for the 1-Player and 2-Player Modes.  You can also change
    the difficulty level for 1-Player Mode, adjust the number of game matches for
    2-Player Mode, turn sound effects on/off, and see if the buttons on your
    Control Pad are working correctly.
    
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    			4.03 - GAME SCREEN
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    This section gives information about the Game Screen.
    
    Normal Beans
    ------------
    Normal Beans will drop from the top of your dungeon in pairs.  If two beans of
    the same colour touch each other, they link together.  You can make the beans
    disappear by linking up four or more beans of the same colour vertically or
    horizontally.  If you drop a pair of beans on an uneven surface, any bean left
    hanging will seperate from the pair and drop to the lowest point.  When a group
    of beans disappears, any beans left on top drop into the remaining space.  You
    can exploit this to create chain reactions.
    
    Garbage Beans
    -------------
    When you make your beans disappear, they are dropped into your opponent's
    dungeon as Garbage Beans.  These beans can only vanish if they are linked to a
    neighbouring group of four or more Normal Beans.  Use chain reactions to dump
    more Garbage Beans into his/her dungeon.
    
    Score System
    ------------
    The Score System consists of points and bonus points.  Pick up the former by
    speeding up the descent rate of the beans dropping into your dungeon.  Pick up
    the latter when your beans vanish and create chain reactions.  If you win a
    game within a certain amount of time in Scenario Mode (110 seconds for a normal
    game), you receive a Time Bonus for each second remaining.  Watch the game's
    demos to see examples of the above actions.
    
    Next Meter
    ----------
    This is displayed in the centre of the screen.  It indicates the colour of
    beans that will be dropped into your dungeon.  For example, if a pair of yellow
    beans is shown on the meter, a pair of yellow beans will be dropped into your
    dungeon.
    
    Game Over
    ---------
    When you play the game, beans will start dropping faster and faster into your
    dungeon.  The dungeon is a 12x6 grid, so it can only hold 72 beans.  If they
    reach the top of your dungeon's third column, the bottom collapses and you lose
    the game.  When the Game Over screen appears, you can choose to quit or
    continue the game.
    
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    			4.04 - BEAN DIAGRAMS
    ===============================================================================
    
    This section lists bean diagrams of normal linking, chain reactions and garbage
    erasing.  Bs represent blue beans, Gs green, Ps purple, Rs red, Ys yellow, and
    Os garbage.  More examples can be seen in the game's demos.
    
    Normal Linking
    --------------
    B	P	R Y	BB
    B	P	Y 	BB
    B      PP	Y
    B		Y	GGGG
    
    Chain Reactions
    ---------------
    B P R Y
    G G G G
    B P R Y
    B P R Y
    B P R Y
    
    Garbage Erasing
    ---------------
    B      OP	R Y	BB
    B      OP 	Y	BB
    B      PP	Y O	OO
    BO		Y O	   O
    O			GGGGO
    
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    5.  Scenario Mode Guide
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    This section lists the stages in Scenario Mode.  As you clear stages, you'll 
    face tougher opponents and beans will fall faster.
    
    Stage 1
    -------
    Opponent:	Arms
    Difficulty:	Easy
    Opening Quote:	"Beans, beans let me give you a hand - or two.  I've to prepare
    		Dr. Robotnik a beautiful bean feast. Come to Arms my beauties."
    Note: Arms is basically a warm-up for all the opponents you'll face in the 
    later stages.
    
    Stage 2
    -------
    Opponent:	Frankly
    Difficulty:	Easy
    Opening Quote:	"Arms is always too wrapped up in himself to do anything
    		useful.  I'm a bright spark though and I reckon I know how to
    		beat you."
    Note: Frankly will fill up half of his dungeon with beans for a few minutes and 
    then concentrate on setting off chain reactions to finish you.
    
    Stage 3
    -------
    Opponent:	Humpty
    Difficulty:	Hard
    Opening Quote:	"Gracious! You're here already.  I'm shell shocked! But please
    		eggscuse me if I scramble your chances of seeing Dr. R."
    Note: BIG difficulty spike.  Humpty always seems to get the best of me.  Be 
    prepared to lose a few times.  This henchbot always makes a comeback when I 
    least expect it.  Just as I'm about to win, he sets off loads of chain 
    reactions to dump dozens of Garbage Beans into my dungeon.  Your best bet is to 
    use his own strategy.  The longer the battle goes on, the more likely Humpty 
    will win, so try to dump loads of Garbage Beans into his dungeon as soon as 
    possible.
    
    Stage 4
    -------
    Opponent:	Coconuts
    Difficulty:	Easy
    Opening Quote:	"I'm Coconuts and I'm Dr. Robotnik's favorite robot, because
    		I'm gonna finish you in a flash."
    Note: Coconuts is easy to beat in comparison to Humpty.  The henchbot 
    concentrates on filling up the far left and far right corners of his dungeon 
    with beans.  While he's doing this, he won't have time to set off chain 
    reactions, so you can set off yours first to dump his dungeon with Garbage 
    Beans.  By the time Coconuts can recover from your onslaught, you should be 
    able to defeat him after a while.
    
    Stage 5
    -------
    Opponent:	Davy Sprocket
    Difficulty:	Normal
    Opening Quote:	"A squirt like you has been reuniting too many beans.  I reckon
    		I'll have to pioneer some new techniques."
    
    Stage 6
    -------
    Opponent:	Skweel
    Difficulty:	Normal
    Opening Quote:	"I've got more sizzle than a rasher of bacon.  I'm hungry and
    		it ain't meals on wheels I'm after - it's you."
    
    Stage 7
    -------
    Opponent:	Dynamight
    Difficulty:	Normal
    Opening Quote:	"Well blow me away! As if Dr. R hasn't had enough stick
    		already.  Here I am to provide a fireworks display."
    Stage 8
    -------
    Opponent:	Grounder
    Difficulty:	Normal
    Opening Quote:	"I'm Grounder, but you can call me SAM, 'cos I'm like a
    		Surface to Air Missile and I'm gonna have you for launch."
    
    Stage 9
    -------
    Opponent:	Spike
    Difficulty:	Hard
    Opening Quote:	"C'mon squirt, let's see what you're made of.  Forget those
    		rivet-brains you've seen.  I'm Spike and I'm gonna stick it to
    		ya!"
    
    Stage 10
    --------
    Opponent:	Sir Ffuzy-Logik
    Difficulty:	Hard
    Opening Quote:	"Milord is troubled by thy success, Sire.  But thou art
    		destined to proceed no further.  Prepare to duel Lord
    		Robotnik's champion."
    
    Stage 11
    --------
    Opponent:	Dragon Breath
    Difficulty:	Hard
    Opening Quote:	"Ol' Ffuzy Fface got tied in knots, huh? I guess that's why the
    		Doc's sending the boys 'round.  So long sucker!"
    
    Stage 12
    --------
    Opponent:	Scratch
    Difficulty:	Hard
    Opening Quote:	"You've been scratching around here for too long, worm-bait.
    		Time to cross the road and head home, pal.  I'm winning this by
    		fair means or fowl."
    
    Stage 13
    --------
    Opponent:	Dr. Robotnik
    Difficulty:	Very Hard
    Opening Quote:	"You dopey duncebots - Can't you do anything right? Now I'll
    		have to do my own dirty work and blend those beans."
    
    When you beat the Final Boss, you can see the ending and watch the credits.  
    The Mean Bean Machine is destroyed, freeing the jolly folk of Beanville in the 
    process.  Robotnik flies away in his Egg Pod and escapes from his exploding 
    fortress.  The character cast appear in this order: Arms, Frankly, Humpty, 
    Coconuts, Davy Sprocket, Skweel, Dynamight, Grounder, Spike, Sir Ffuzy-Logik, 
    Dragon Breath, Scratch, Dr. Robotnik, and finally, Has Bean.  Congrats on 
    completing this game.
    
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    6.  Hints and Tips
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    This section lists hints and tips on how to progress through this game.  They
    are useful to know if you want to have an easier time completing this game.
    
    *If two beans of the same colour touch each other, they link together.  You can
     make the beans disappear by linking up four or more beans of the same colour
     vertically or horizontally.  If you drop a pair of beans on an uneven surface,
     any bean left hanging will seperate from the pair and drop to the lowest
     point.  When a group of beans disappears, any beans left on top drop into the
     remaining space.  You can exploit this to create chain reactions.
    
    *Check the top of your dungeon for a warning of how many Garbage Beans are
     about to drop in.  If you see one small clear bean, one garbage drops in.  If
     you see one big clear bean, six garbages drop in a row.  If you see one big
     red bean, thirty garbages drop in five rows.
    
    *Sometimes the descend rate of the beans speeds up suddenly.  It happens even
     in the early stages.  This is only temporary, so don't worry.
    
    *If you're having trouble with an opponent, taking a break and resting may be
     a good idea.  Be prepared to lose a few times and keep in mind that practice
     makes perfect.  Keep trying, and don't give up.
    
    *When you are progressing through Scenario Mode, I advice writing down the
     passwords you receive after defeating an opponent.  With the exception of the
     PlayStation 2 and XBox versions, this game doesn't have a save function, so
     you must take note of the passwords to record your progress.
    
    *Check the Next Meter to see what colour of beans will be dropped into your
     dungeon.  You can use this information to set up beans in positions where you
     can initiate chain reactions.  Your Scenario Mode opponents will use this
     strategy in the later stages, so it's best to learn it.  It's essential for
     completing Scenario Mode on the higher difficulty levels.
    
    *If you're winning a match, don't get too complacent - your opponent can make
     make a comeback when you least expect it.  When I face the opponents in the
     later stages of Scenario Mode, they somehow manage to get very lucky and are
     able to set off chain reactions, even when I've dropped dozens of Garbage
     Beans into their dungeons. 
    
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    7.  Frequently Asked Questions
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    Q: Can I permanently save my High Scores?
    A: In the PlayStation 2 and XBox versions, yes.  In the other versions, no.  To
       save your High Scores in the PlayStation 2 and XBox versions, go to the
       game's menu and select "Save Game Data".  By Saving Game Data, you can
       permanently record the High Scores to your Memory Card or Hard Drive.
    
    Q: What's the difference between the Scenario Mode's difficulty levels?
    A: Beans descend faster, opponents set off chain reactions quicker, garbage
       beans appear more frequently, etc.
    
    Q: I'm stuck.  How do I defeat [name of opponent]?
    A: Read the Hints and Tips section.  Keep trying, and don't give up.  Remember,
       practice makes perfect!
    
    Q: I have the Genesis/Mega Drive Multi-Game Unit's version of this game.  I
       can't access 1P Vs 2P Mode.  Why?
    A: The Genesis/Mega Drive Multi-Game Unit is designed for 1-Player only.
       Therefore, you can't play 1P Vs 2P Mode on its version of the game.
    
    Q: How do I input my High Score?
    A: When you get a Game Over, you can input your High Score, if you've achieved
       a greater score than the ones on the High Score screen.  You can enter three
       initials to represent your High Score.  Note that your High Scores will be
       erased each time you turn off the game, unless you select "Save Game Data"
       in the PlayStation 2 and XBox versions.  By Saving Game Data, you can
       permanently record the High Scores to your Memory Card or Hard Drive.
    
    Q: How do I input my password?
    A: When you choose Scenario Mode, select Continue and you'll be sent to the
       Password screen.  Once you've entered your password, press the Start Button,
       or select End and press Button A or C.  The Opponent Lineup will appear and
       you can continue on the stage where you left off.  Note that passwords save
       your progress but not your score.  If you select "Save Game Data" in the
       PlayStation 2 and XBox versions, you can record your progress and score to
       your Memory Card or Hard Drive.
    
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    8.  Credits
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    - Thanks to me for writing this FAQ.
    
    - Thanks to you for reading this FAQ.
    
    - Thanks to GameFAQs for hosting this FAQ.
    
    - Thanks to Instruction Manual for information regarding the Game Overview
      section.
    
    - Thanks to Compile for developing this game.
    
    - Thanks to Sega for publishing this game.
    
    - Thanks to en.wikipedia.org for information about this game regarding its
      background and the Game Overview section.  This article is licensed under the
      GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article
      "Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine"
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Robotnik's_Mean_Bean_Machine .
    
    - Thanks to www.network-science.de/ascii for the ASCII art at the top of this
      FAQ.
    
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    9.  Contact Information
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    If you have any questions, comments or corrections regarding my walkthrough, I 
    can be contacted by posting a topic on the GameFAQs message board of this game
    (I prefer not using an e-mail address).  Contributions to this guide are
    appreciated.
    
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    10. Copyright Information
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