Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 6: Vanity Fair Hollywood, Game Your Video, Tank Battalion Blitz, Order Up!! To Go

Feb 6, 2012
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It’s almost time for this year’s Academy Awards, so get primed up for your Oscar ballot with Vanity Fair Hollywood, an app full of information about the nominees so you can make informed picks. After you’re done thinking about the best in Hollywood, you can make videos of your own with effects app Game your […]

It’s almost time for this year’s Academy Awards, so get primed up for your Oscar ballot with Vanity Fair Hollywood, an app full of information about the nominees so you can make informed picks. After you’re done thinking about the best in Hollywood, you can make videos of your own with effects app Game your Video. In games, we’ve got Tank Battalion Blitz, a top-down tank battling game that includes offline and online multiplayer play. After that, there’s Order Up!! To Go, a time-management restaurant game that uses gesture controls for your cooking.

Vanity Fair Hollywood update (iPhone, iPad) Free

With the days left before this year’s Academy Awards dwindling away, you can put all your Oscar winner predictions in one place using Vanity Fair Hollywood. The app brings you all the information you need about each Oscar category to make your own predictions and fill out your Oscar ballot, like the list of nominees, trailers from each film, and information about each nominee in every category.

Vanity Fair also brings you a little extra information that gives you an edge over your friends. The app will show you how many people using the app are voting for which nominees, so you can get an idea of how other people see each category. It also ties you into Vanity Fair’s Twitter feed so you can follow the magazine and its editors as the awards draw closer.

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Game your Video (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

You’ve shot videos on your iPhone, you’ve got some great ideas and you’re seeing your chance to become famous on YouTube. Now you need to edit your footage, which you can do using Game your Video. The app makes it easy to adjust your film and add affects, using the kind of controls you’d expect to see in a video game.

Game your Video has a number of effects to be applied to your videos. You can choose the “flavor” of your video by choosing the best combination of visuals and sound for the atmosphere you’re trying to achieve. There are also a number of video and audio effects that can be added on their own, including motion effects to give your videos an action-packed feel.

Tank Battalion Blitz (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Jump in a tank and take on other commanders in Tank Battalion Blitz. It’s a top-down game in which you join a squad of tanks to blast another group of tanks. Over time, you’ll gather up more and more tanks into your arsenal, using them to take down your enemies both offline and on.

Tank Battalion Blitz includes multiple game modes, including offline single-player against the computer and online and local multiplayer, so you can take on your friends or players from all over the world. The game includes authentic tanks for you to gather, plus Game Center support for leaderboards, achievements and friends lists.

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Order Up!! To Go (iPhone, iPad) Free

Time management game Order Up!! To Go puts you in the kitchen at a restaurant to start filling orders. You’ll start out in a fast food restaurant, working to flip burgers, cook fries and fill drinks in order to get everything done as quickly as possible. Each food item you make has different degrees of quality, requiring you to cook them the right way and for the right amount of time to get the best score possible.

Order Up!! Also mixes up the time management genre by throwing in touch controls that require you to think about what you’re doing a little more than other similar games. You’ll need to use gesture controls to flip burgers and lower fries into the fryer, for example. As the game advances, you’ll cook your way through multiple different restaurants and buy new tools with the money you earn along the way.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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