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. Mary Ann from Nanuet, NY says:

    Playing your latest full story Clutter. Thank you for so many wonderful clutter games. I have enjoyed your stories along with the game (yes, I have always read your comments and quotes, at least the first time through). Looking forward to whatever you decide to do next,

  2. Velvet Edwards says:

    Hi Joe,
    I am currently playing Killer Clutter. I have played the other versions. I enjoy all of them. I now have Apple products, so am limited in what I can play. In the past I downloaded from Big Fish – that’s where I first encountered your games. I’m already missing your new game Clutter RefleX since I won’t be able to play. Not a complaint against you though!
    I do have a suggestion – since there is an option for almost everything, so your games can be customized – I was wondering if you could add an option to change the timer? As much as I am enjoying Killer Clutter – the timer gives way too much time for us competitive sorts – I don’t get the adrenaline rush I get with the other games to beat the time. It would be nice to be able to set it so it challenges me, instead of drifting lazily along! Thank you for the wonderful, upbeat colors – no doom and gloom. I must say – everytime I play a game with the donuts – I start craving those delicious treats! I enjoyed learning your history – you have a brain I could never comprehend, along with determination and authenticity in knowing who you are. Amazing games – thank you for your brilliance and sharing it with the world!

  3. nancy M says:

    My friend Joe,
    I checked Big Fish Games this morning to see if there was a new version of clutter out for me to buy, and seeing none it led me to search and I found this website. I’m sad to hear that you’ll no longer be providing mac versions of your games. Fortunately, I have 5 different versions of clutter on this computer alone, all of which are re-playable and some of the later ones still have levels I couldn’t complete with a green dot! I am stubborn and don’t consider the game done til every level is green, sometimes playing a level 20, 30, 40 times til I get it, whatever it takes!
    I want to thank you for years of fun puzzling, including your battleships from games magazine, which I had a subscription to for a long time.
    Best of luck for any new projects you create.

  4. Stephen R Boyer says:

    Is there a place to review the games?

    I first encountered the Clutter series through shockwave.com. The last one I downloaded from them was Clutter 1000. At some point, I became aware that Joe had a website of his own and I decided that, eventually, I would buy all of the games direct from him. Yes, shockwave.com is nice but I was thinking that buying the games from Joe gives him more of the profit and keeps him creating. I’m still working on that but I downloaded Clutter RefleXIVe CE about two weeks ago.

    To anyone who hasn’t played Clutter for a while, it’s time to reconnect. You’ll be pleased.

    I was playing today and I realized that the Clutter series is my favorite game of all time for one simple reason–it’s the most playable game of all time.

    In less than a month, a high-end gaming studio is going to release another in game in one of their premier series. I’ll play it (probably) but it’s unlikely I’ll play it more than once.

    With Clutter, you can play *endlessly* and the game is never the same twice. It gets easier as you start to recognize things faster. It’s a brain massage. And it’s more relaxing than other games because you don’t have to kill anything and you don’t have to worry about a character being killed.

    One other note and I’ll end this–when I said “it’s time to reconnect,” Joe has put a couple of tricks into the game that are absolute delight., You’ll be playing along (as if with an old friend) and something will happen that changes the game. My first reaction was, “Joe, you stinker, you!” but i said it with affection and pleasure.

    Thanks, Joe. I’ll keep playing.

    • joe says:

      Thanks Stephen:
      The best place that reviews help is over on Big Fish when the game goes on sale there.
      (Which for Clutter RefleXIVe won’t be until the middle of June at the earliest).
      Thank you for the kind words.
      I’m so glad you’re still enjoying the games.

  5. Sandy Pettyjohn says:

    Hi Joe,
    Enjoying Clutter 14CE very much.
    Question regarding the Super HOG Piles Variation. Can I not drag the items? If I click on them they spin and sometimes a second click prompts them to move to a different pile or stop spinning. I’ve scrutinized the settings thought I must be missing something.
    Truly, your games are amazing and I own all the ones from Wild Tangent I think. This one I couldn’t wait and ordered directly from you. 🙂 Thanks for your assistance in clarifying. Blessings for the success of your games!

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