Still eagerly awaiting your invitation to play Merlin: The Game? Check out our review and find out what you can expect when you enter the world of Camelot!

The MerlinFacebook game was created by Bossa Studios, and while pre-registration has been available for months, fans with special Comic-Con codes are only just beginning to gain access to the beta.

Previously, Hypable brought you an exclusive interview with the creators of the game, and now we are happy to present an early review!

As soon as the game loads up, you are automatically thrust into the magical world of Merlin‘s Camelot, and find yourself in the Darkling Forest surrounded by giant spiders.

At this point you might find yourself at a panic of what to do and how to go about defeating these dark magical creatures you’ve suddenly been faced. Don’t worry, Merlin fans – one thing this game does very well is instruct you how to play as you go along.

Players meet Merlin right from the get-go and he becomes your guide, showing you how to control your player and helping you find your way to Camelot.

The Camelot citadel acts as your home base. This is where you will go to collect your rations, buy armor and weaponry, and learn of the tasks you must complete to move forward in the game.

As far as how the game plays, it should be noted that Merlin: The Game is very user friendly.

Whereas some computer games require you to use multiple keys to make your character move around or fight off danger, here you have the ability to use your mouse for most things. Moving your character from one place to another to swinging your sword when you’re being attacked can easily be done with the click of a button.

Additionally, simple keyboard shortcuts for things like casting spells are introduced as you make your way through the quests set upon you by characters like Gaius, Arthur and Merlin.

While easily being able to control your character might make playing easier for those who consider themselves to be computer game novices, more advanced gamers might find the easy skill level of the game to be a bit boring. However, the creators have expressed the desire to continue the development of the game based on an ongoing interaction with fans and players, so expect more content and gameplay to be added later!

In our exclusive interview with Merlin: The Game creators at Bossa Studios, we reported that you play the game as a character of your own design. While the beta test allows for some modifications of what your character looks like, there aren’t as many choices as far as modifying a character’s appearance as some fans may have originally hoped for.

Players have the option of choosing the gender of their character and adjusting their skin tone but as far as physical features go, you are limited to picking one of the six pre-designed characters the game has available.

The one thing that is a bit bothering about the game is that you need a certain number of rations to complete quests and if you run out, you are stuck waiting until rations are distributed in the citadel before you can play again. This makes it difficult for continuous play of the game as rations are distributed every half hour. On the other hand, your rations seem to build up over the course of the day even if you walk away from your computer.

Bottom line, Merlin: The Game will offer players a different way to experience adventure inspired by the show itself. Fans of the series will thoroughly enjoy this fun new way to immerse themselves into the magical world of Merlin while they fight alongside their favorite characters to protect Camelot from the forces of evil.

Have you been invited to play in the closed beta testing of Merlin: The Game yet? If so, let us know what you think of the game in the comments below!

And don’t forget to check out Hypable’s brand new Merlin podcast, Talks of Camelot! The first episode is coming soon, and you can follow @TalksCamelot on Twitter to find out exactly what the exciting new show has to offer!

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?