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 65-Plus 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. Joe graduated 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. Noreen says:

    I am a 70 year old grandmother who first played Clutter 10 years ago or so. I loved the concept, but was not fast enough to make the timed puzzles and was frustrated at having to redo a puzzle if I just cannot move fast. I saw Clutter 6 a few years ago, and was delighted to find that I could continue a puzzle after the timer goes off. I have been buying all versions that I find on Big Fish, and will see what you have on your website. Just wanted to say thanks for continuing to make more games.

  2. TonyD says:

    Hi Joe,
    I have two of your other Clutter games (Clutter and Clutter 1000) purchased though Big Fish and I just bought Clutter’s Greatest Hits directly after discovering your site.
    Since getting my first computer (running Windows 95) in 1996, I found I prefer single-player casual games such as hidden object, puzzles, etc. as opposed to the MMO games my (adult) kids seem to favor. So the Clutter series is a perfect fit.
    There are a couple of things I really like about your Clutter games. They remind me of games from the mid-late Nineties, with nice big images and controls, an overall “happy” visual aesthetic.
    I also like being able to communicate with the creator of this fine series and to say thanks and keep up the great work!

  3. Karen L Kelly says:

    I just have a question. Love all the clutter games – have them all. This latest – is their a list of the music you used somewhere? There is one song I just love and would like to get.

  4. Karen says:

    Clutter games got me thru COVID! A week ago I tested positive for COVID. First days I didn’t feel like doing much of anything — but some Clutter helped to get me thru. I tackled the games I had bypassed or was stumped by. They helped me thru the next 6 days I quarantined. Who’d of thought? Anyways, thanks… just what I needed. I bought #13 this morning. Have a good day Joe.

  5. Cait says:

    I have all of the Clutter games, and #13 is the only one I have an issue with. In the singleton rounds, sometimes the loners are hiding at the top center of the screen, and they are obscured by the count/timer circles. This is a problem in the rounds with smaller items, like the stuffed animals or the shoes. Maybe future versions could either move the circles or not hide the one-off items in the very top center.
    Otherwise, thank you for continuing to make this series and keep up the good work!

    • joe says:

      Hi Caitlin:

      I don’t disagree with anything you said about the singletons….however….

      Did you know you can click through those counter/timer circles?

      I thought about altering the placement slightly (like I do in the Outside-In puzzles),
      but decided it was another “feature” of the puzzle.

      1. You can click through all 3 of those circles up there, so they’re not unreachable.
      (And the circles are slightly transparent as well.)
      2. Although you can’t see them clearly, you can see them clear enough to figure out
      that they are a singleton (or not).
      3. You probably will miss them when it’s a full screen, but they will stand out when you’re
      down to the last few matches.
      4. They are only randomly “singletons” most of the time, they’re not, and will fall off way
      before it matters.

      I do appreciate you taking the time to send me the comment on my Website.

      I’m also happy that you’re enjoying my games.

      I’m also reachable on Facebook either through my Clutter page, or my personal page,
      (Joe Cassavaugh) if you’re on there. It’s better than my website for getting updated
      information on future Clutter games.

      Hope you’re having a great week.
      Thanks again.


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