About Joe

Joe is not Leon

Anyone who's played the original Clutter game knows a little bit about Joe. Joe is not Leon, but some of the details of Joe's life were worked into the story. Here are just some of the real facts of Joe's almost 60 years of life.

Joe was born in a little town called Penacook N.H., a voting district of Concord N.H. but a separate town (population was about 3000 back then). Joe attended Immaculate Conception School until 6th grade and then attended Merrimack Valley High School. Joe decided to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Joe only took one computer course at RPI.

Joe moved on to work at iWin creating the highly successful Mah Jong Quest I, II and III (and little game called Sproink). After leaving iWin at the end of 2009 to work on his own games he joined an Atlanta Slots/Gaming company beginning in 2011 and ending in 2013. Joe now devotes 100% of his time to Puzzles By Joe and The Clutter Series.


  1. joyce virant says:

    Hi Joe.
    Thank you so much for the Clutter series. It has been fun playing them over the last few years. I hope you keep coming up with new ideas. I do not look forward to an end to the series. I love the stories. Black and white is my least favorite. It hurts my eyes after a while. I look forward to many more Clutter Games. Again thank you. Joy

  2. Dee says:

    Joe, I just wanted to take a moment to let you that I really enjoy playing the Clutter games. I find myself playing Clutter 2 over and over – especially the stockpile challenges. I try to beat my times without making mistakes. I do read your stories. It’s nice to get to know the game developer a bit. You also bring a smile to my face each time I play an HO game and find familiar game pieces. Ever think about doing a full Stockpile Challenge and Extreme Challenge Clutter with all new game pieces? I cannot get enough of them. Keep up the great work!

  3. Michele L says:

    I love your games! Thank you for making them I get hours of fun from them. Unfortunately, I think another company took your game idea for themselves. Message me if you want.

  4. Alf Flowers says:

    Hi Joe,

    Clutter 7 is great! I just finished the main story, really enjoyed playing the game and reading your story. Glad to know you are continuing with the Clutter line.

    The music is outstanding!

    Just a couple of requests. All of the puzzles were fun except the ones where the pieces keep moving around. And, as there are fewer pieces left, they move faster. I don’t really want to skip the puzzles, so is it possible to either slow down the movement or turn it off altogether. Just a minor stress point.

    After the main story, I am now playing the separate puzzles. When I exit, it appears the game does not save and I have to start over.

    Thanks again for Clutter!

    • joe says:

      Hi Alf:
      What do you mean by the “separate puzzles”?
      What do you mean that the game is not saving? (Can you do screen shots?)
      (Are you saying you don’t see progress in the Control Screen?)
      Any additional information would be appreciated.

  5. Shirley says:

    Hey Joe.
    LOVE the Clutter games – especially Clutter II. By far my favorite activity is Big and Small. Would you consider a version of all Big & Small? I suspect (from other comments I’ve read) that it would be a big hit.
    Enjoyed reading your bio and felt a kinship since we’ve been in the same stomping grounds. I’m in Ithaca, NY and one of my daughters (and her fam) lives in Durham, NH.
    Thanks for many enjoyable gaming hours.

    • joe says:

      Hi Shirley
      My son, Daniel graduated from Ithaca and my Goddaughter from Cornell. Very nice area.
      I’ll make sure I put more Big & Small in the next game.

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