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Game Info:

Clutter 1000
Developed by: Puzzles by Joe
Published by: Grey Alien Games
Available on: Android, macOS, Switch, Windows
Release date: June 1, 2021
Genre: Puzzle
Number of players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Not rated
MSRP: $9.99

Thank you Grey Alien Games for sending us a review code!

Clutter 1000 is the prequel to Ki11er Clutter which we reviewed earlier this year. While this title doesn’t have commentary or as many levels as Ki11er Clutter, it’s still a worthy title that will keep you entertained for many hours.

The most common level scenario is to find matching items and to clear all of the clutter before the time runs out. Though the puzzles are usually timed, I found the amount given to be fair. The ability to get hints helps out tremendously if you need it. Later in the game, you’ll get to match multiples of three.

To keep things interesting with the matching levels, some will have extra items that will disappear from the clutter pile with each match you make. Some levels will have shadow silhouettes on the bottom that you’ll have to find in the pile of junk.

Along with the matching puzzles, you’ll find some other game types to keep things fresh. There are some sliding picture puzzles and Mahjong levels mixed in too. Some of the puzzles let you move the clutter around and others don’t. Many levels have the objects constantly moving which makes it harder to find matches.

Highlights:

Strong Points: 1,000 puzzles with plenty of variety to keep things interesting
Weak Points: Some of the similar item pairings don’t make sense
Moral Warnings: None!

The visuals are quite detailed. The chocolate candy matching levels started triggering my chocolate cravings. The emoji levels are quite challenging with the similar facial expression. There’s a good amount of variety in the clutter offered in this game. You’ll find pens, silverware, plastic utensils, USB drives, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, cell phones, purses, gloves, shoes, toys, candies, food, and plenty more.

True to the game’s theme, the interface is little cluttered and not explained very well. I’m not sure what many of the icons mean when starting a level. I do like how you can skip a level and continue on with the game if a particular one is too challenging.

The background music ranges from peppy country-like tunes to classical music tracks. When you make matches you’ll hear beeps, boops, and clacks.

Clutter 1000
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 84%
Gameplay - 16/20
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 100%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

Not surprisingly, Clutter 1000 is family-friendly and I didn’t find anything morally objectionable in it. This game can be safely enjoyed by casual gamers of all ages.

I do have a couple of nitpicks worth mentioning. Some of the more challenging levels for me were the ones that had me match similar but not identical items. Matching different colors of the same items is easy enough but some matches were a bit vague. For example, matching shoes wasn’t inclusive enough. You have to match up high tops together and not with dress shoes. Different silverware types didn’t work either. Different bread types matched though.

Overall, Clutter 1000 is a solid entry to the Clutter series. One thousands levels for $9.99 is a very reasonable price. If you have to choose between Clutter 1000 or Ki11er Clutter, I would go with the latter since it has 1,700 puzzles for the same price. This is a fun and challenging series and I look forward to more “Puzzles by Joe”.


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