Roy Coates, who converted the classic platformers Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy to the Dragon, went on to form his own company, Micro Vision Software, and this was his first stand-alone release.
Beanstalker is similar to Loderunner, with a small man running around ladders and platforms to pick up various items. Once all items are picked up, a ladder to the next level is introduced. The screen is guarded by nasties such as mice, worms or spiders, which vary according to the level. They can be stopped in their path by digging a hole in the ground for them to fall into.
The game features 60 screens, runs in monochrome high resolution and has a (password-protected) level editor.