The 10 best PC games of 2016

The calm between the storms
This is it. 2016 is over, and it’s time for us to take a long look back—all the way back to January, through 12 months of games. One will be crowned our “Game of the Year” and the remaining nine are all “First Runners Up” or “Second Place” or whatever you prefer.

Our first review of 2016 was Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak; our last was Batman: The Telltale Series. We’ve seen some surprise hits (Doom, mostly) and also quite a few buggy, high-profile flops—Mafia III, No Man’s Sky, and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst are three that come to mind.

Yes, 2016 was a weird year, and maybe not the best in recent memory, but one that also gave rise to some games we could be talking about for years to come. So without further ado, let’s talk about some of the standouts, with PCWorld’s games reviewer Hayden Dingman and games editor Brad Chacos chiming in.

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And again, before you start a fight: These are in no particular order. It’s just nine entries tied at second place, each with some arbitrary designation like “Best multiplayer;” that’s followed by “Game of the Year,” and some honorable mentions. Got it? Good.

Best toilets (oh, and best builder): Planet Coaster
Hayden: I lost something like 20 hours of my life to Planet Coaster in a single weekend—placing rides and building coasters, sure, but also doing weird stuff like “Constructing the perfect Spanish Colonial-themed bathroom.” With extensive scenery and building construction tools, Planet Coaster is the Sims-crossed-with-RollerCoaster-Tycoon I never knew I needed until I had it; the range of custom items on the Steam Workshop says everything you need to know about its appeal. If you’re looking to build the theme park of your dreams, strap in.

Oh, and the coaster construction tools are decent too—you know, once you’ve finished building that perfect bathroom.

Brad : I’d tell you what I love about Planet Coaster, but within five minutes of booting the game, my family hijacked my PC and have played it for dozens of hours since then—and my wife never plays games. I’d guess diehard park sim fans may dislike the easy-peasy management aspects, but not me; that easy money lets you focus on crafting creative parks rather than spending hours optimizing traffic logistics.


5+ Best Ad blocker apps for Android to block ads on android

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Below are the best Android ad block apps that will make your Android device ad-free in no time.


1. Adblock Plus (FREE)

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2. Adblock Browser for Android (FREE)

The popular Adblock Android app returns to the google play store as an ad blocking browser app that lets you surf the internet without ads. Not only it gives you clutter free smooth experience on the web, but it also loads pages faster and reduces the chance getting affected by various malware. What we love about Adblock Browser for Android is it gives full controls to users so they can decide what they want to see, disable trackings and even let ads shows on their favorite websites.

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4. NoRoot Ad-Remover Lite (FREE)

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5. TrustGo Ad Detector (FREE)

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Are you wary of mobile ad networks collecting personal information through the apps that you use? TrustGo Ad Detector scans and dually protects your Android device from possible privacy violations and identity leaks that could occur via ads displayed within an Android app. Use your Android device with the clarity of mind to know that your personal information is safe and secure. An all-to-common occurrence, TrustGo Ad Detector is a different type of ad blocker, but one that will keep your personal information safe and secure.

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An app similar to TrustGo Ad Detector, AppBrain Ad Detector detects apps that are guilty of sending unwanted Push Notifications your way, Desktop icon spam ads, or apps that could leak your personal information to third-parties. It also alerts you as to which apps have permissions that can access your accounts and messages (which could invade your privacy) and helps you to remove them. In all, AppBrain Ad Detector looks for 70 different dimensions of concerning app activity, making this one of the best apps for keeping your device (and your personal life) safe and private.

7. Ad-Vanish Pro (FREE)

With the ability to block ads from offline apps without the need to root your Android device, Ad-Vanish Pro is another Android app that is worth your while if you want to see the end of annoying ads in your favorite apps. Much like NoRoot Ad-Remover, Ad-Vanish has a lite version that will block ads within a few apps if you want to try it out for yourself.