Fresh iPhone Apps for July 18: The Warhol: D.I.Y. POP, Meteoric Download Manager, Z The Game, Shake Spears!

Jul 18, 2011
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Start your week with a little bit of art, using The Warhol: D.I.Y. POP. The app allows you to create Andy Warhol-style artwork using your own photos. You can also view all kinds of iOS-capable media with Meteoric Download Manager, an app chock full of features. For old-school PC game fans, snag Z The Game, […]

Start your week with a little bit of art, using The Warhol: D.I.Y. POP. The app allows you to create Andy Warhol-style artwork using your own photos. You can also view all kinds of iOS-capable media with Meteoric Download Manager, an app chock full of features. For old-school PC game fans, snag Z The Game, a strategy game from way back in 1996; then check out Shake Spears!, a casual arcade experience in which you play a knight in a series of jousting battles.

The Warhol: D.I.Y. POP (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Straight from the Andy Warhol Museum comes D.I.Y. POP, an app that lets you create Andy Warhol-style pop art prints from your own pictures. You can import photos from your device’s Camera Roll and follow Warhol’s process through each of its steps in order to create new images that you can share with others via social networks and email.

Along with the art creation aspects of D.I.Y. POP, the app is also filled with information about the Warhol Museum and its artists and staff. D.I.Y. POP contains integration with Twitter and Facebook, so you can share your work in the app with your friends across the Internet.

Meteoric Download Manager (iPhone, iPad) $1.99

At its heart, Meteoric is a download manager that can accelerate downloads, but it’s also a file manager and a media player that is capable of finding and procuring all kinds of files that iOS devices are capable of playing. The app has lots of different features, including live streaming.

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Apart from the app’s file and download management capabilities, you also get Dropbox integration with Meteoric, so you can access files you save there from your computer. It also can integrate with Firefox, allowing you to bring your bookmarks, tabs and history into the app whenever you use it.

Z The Game (iPhone, iPad) $4.99

Fans of old-school PC games will recognize Z The Game, a port of a real-time strategy title from 1996 that also appeared on Sony’s original PlayStation. The game puts players in control of an army of red robots fighting another army of blue ones to conquer several planets across the galaxy.

Like other RTS titles such as Gameloft’s Starfront: Collision, troops in Z are controlled by tapping them and giving them orders by tapping around the game space, either to capture certain territories or go on patrols, or to attack other groups of soldiers. The game is a bit of a throwback, but RTS fans will find 20 fun levels and a goofy atmosphere.

Shake Spears! (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Take up your spear and mount your horse – it’s time to take on other knights in jousting tournaments across the realm in Shake Spears! The game is fairly simple, giving you control of your shield and spear as you race across the screen toward your enemy. The goal is to block your enemy’s attack with your shield by dragging your thumb up and down the left side of the screen, while trying to get your spear past your enemy’s shield to strike his body by moving your thumb on the right side.

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Between battles, you’ll earn gold for your victories that can be applied to buying new equipment to strengthen your knight and magic spells that can give you the edge. Each tournament pits you against five jousters, and in each of the four realms you’ll eventually take on a tougher boss jouster. Your scores get logged on Shake Spears! leaderboards thanks to support from Game Center and OpenFeint.

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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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