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by TantonXHX - Jam Entry

<TFOS> is a simple game which try to tells a small-fable about the inconspicuous shift of life stage.
process main contains 3 different short chapters, were correspond respectively with​ different life-stage.

recommend resolution : 1920*1080( it was built under this set).
*** Controll***

Just need [Z] & [C] with ArrowKeys
hit or hold (some times.)

Art/Audio and mostly Animation was built in the first three days...
sound and music was created on sfxr & otomata & tonematrix respectively...(Thanks alot for these tool ,love them so much!)

(ps: only the-end-music <glow in the dark> is from the

Impressions & Version:

May 2nd v1.2
May 4th. v1.2.4
May 8th v1.3 !! fix some problem which from this page's feedback
( huge love! thanks a lot for these friends which provide me their precious feedback ! )

my first compo challenge was failed...
Time was ample but my hand just too green... disacquaintance

at that time,for the player's whole experience, decided might as well finish it just in one vigorous effort while the iron is hot ...too struggling and too slow...(´>ω<`)

in the past few days,tasted exciting feeling from the challenge which may long-lost for me,and this progress also let me experience quite a lot.
this process both troublesome and interesting...

of course,hope i could be more fast and highly-active next time



All in all, This game is not long and not too much fast-paced

( ps: If you still encounter some difficulties, I wrote some small tips at the end of the description in / gamejolt ...
but i still recommended you experience this game before reading it,certainly wish it could be useful,as well )

Hope you like it and enjoy this journey then have a relax experience

Any feedback is precious and needed!


Downloads and Links




Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:36pm

The game is graphically good

nihilaleph says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:04am

We seem to bump into each other every LD now xp The main screen is lovely! Can't wait to play it! (But I think you should've posted the jam version the way it is and then post a complete post-jam version...)

Tanton-H2X says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 12:43am

Thanks for comments~ @mayank
@nihilaleph I am so happy to see you each LD! meanwhile,i found your game more ande more cool each time.
my execrise this time is too much emphasis is placed on content experience ...there was only 1 level could be use in the past ToT(why my hand sooo slow...)so in this situation.... deeply afraid and worry about the basic feeling can not be transmission /interpretation effectively to player,because these fragmentary content...
After all,for small exercises like this ,there would may only be one time that people often to,since have started it, i decided might as well finish it just in one vigorous effort while the iron is hot .
not for perfect ,just for basic reach the standard :D
(also eager it could give a relatively complete experience to my game's first player ToT)
I will finish it in these two days! also hoping that you will like it

Apr 27, 2016 @ 5:09am

Your screen shot looks really nice, even a semi-playable version would be nice to try. :)

runvs says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 4:27pm

a version to play would be nice

Geckoo1337 says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 12:59pm

I guess that we cannot play with your game. What happended?

SIN Gaiiden2 says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 10:56am

The game will be better with a tutorial :).

Uson Chen says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 3:45pm

国人参赛者?!是我喜爱的画风,先留印,明天再评分~之前The Last Witch的团队很强大,这次竟然参加compo了?!anyway,很佩服!加油加油~

Tanton-H2X says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 6:16pm

@uson chen 谢谢留言!今天刚开始陆续试玩参赛者的作品(我好慢),今早刚开始时就计划首先要逐个先把nova那边露了面/有印象的朋友的作品逐个都玩下来; 你们的作品刚好是我列表里的最后一个,傍晚时候已经开始玩你们的作品了!(评论都在你页面下写差不多了) 刚刚晚上吃饭回来正准备继续时,发觉版本和资料还需要更新一下,于是就临时屁颠跑去整这些了>o< ,刚才一弄完就见你在这里出现了,真是奇妙的感觉!
晚上如果我再效率高些,最先给对方留言的差点就是我了哈哈~ 此外,就像我的手速一样,也比我之前的伙伴低太多啦!

Fabraz says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 8:24pm

The graphics and music are pretty good. After experimenting with the first level, and reading the readme doc, I still couldn't understand if I was making it to the next levels or not. The hidden barriers also made it difficult to understand where I could and could not move. I can see where this is going with shape shifting but I unfortunately could not tell if I was making any progress.

Tanton-H2X says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 1:48am

Thanks alot for my game's foremost player!your feedback/ advice are so precious~

@Sin Gaiiden2 i have absorb your advice,and add a readme text and update these online doucement last night, i realized that i was not did enough in tips aspect! i will be pay more attention to this in future,thank you so much gaiiden2!

@ Fabraz really rich feedback! you are so kind!thank you Fabraz, you let me realized that my level1 still too ungood and hard to understand! ToT it also seems like the trigger conditions was be set not conform enough....orz i will fixing just now,and try to update the tips more clearly.
Thank you fabraz again!

Tselmek says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 11:13am

Nice graphics, the controls were a bit confusing as well as what we're supposed to do.

Yetikatt says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 12:07pm

Nice graphics, nice ambient music, but I couldn't work out what I was supposed to be doing.

Uson Chen says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 2:36pm

看得出花了大量时间在环境营造上,包括玩家和电脑物体的动作,移动,液体流动,粒子和音乐等细节,十分十分用心~ 整个环境很灵动,很流畅,从美术上,我觉得是十分成功的。

Tanton-H2X says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 4:11pm

@Tselmek @Yetikatt Thankyou Tselmek&Yetikatt! you all remind me that i need do more about my level,it really have so many problem,for example Level-A,i just fixed the target-trigger of it afternoon today,after i have read your comment...

Tanton-H2X says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 4:17pm

omg! help me very much & super useful,i really have the similary feeling that just like you said to me in your page's reply!and so fantastic,i have just fixed/add the audio-effect problem this morning! because i also got some similary enlighte just like what you have said by comments,the method was by played this game which i found yesterday:
< Flutterby >
(it also help me to feel your advise + analysed really correct and professional. )

Then about the size..awwhhh~! you found it!XwX haha !
at frist day , was not projected enough and unexpected i will use these sprites to build a huge scene....orz so,just use 1920x1080 to draw these sprite which may only plan to use in mainmenu originally,also not zoom everything in a fitness scale before i output them...ToT..( 用一大堆根不用那么大的超大素材块拼关卡,我自己测试的时候都卡爆了..哈哈)
LevelA and LevelC are also a big problem for me...the design , also about the controll-adjustment and the visual elements's progressive just like you remind to me, it seems like i could try to extend the Movable-space for L-A (so do the L-B)

Finally, i think your last words have already gaves me great enlightenment and could help me to find the key point, i want to say thankyou uson again! your comment really useful and i will think more and fix more for my game through it!

May 5, 2016 @ 4:47am

Hey Tanton, I provided an alternative download on for my game as you requested :)

guoboism says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 10:00am

I'm sorry to try your game this late:>

The graphics is really nice, and beyond "looks nice", the visual elements are used in a innovative way. It feels like you are experimenting in the layer of interactive graphics.
In game jam, we make game that looks humble, and games that looks nice, even games looks like commercial product. But this game looks ultra-beautiful while remaining indie.

Because you are creating visual styles, rather than just borrowing or copying.
Two or three days, no one can walk very far. But it's obvious that you took your unique path.

Along with the audios, you bring me into a world that is really hard to describe. Underneath the graphics and sound, you build an emotion. Game is but an emotion generator.
In each level, the emotion shifts a little. And the best part of this game is how the emotions passes through the wall of logic, is how these abstract signals triggers the our brain to feel.

Rules and Goals
Have you ever played "Everyday Shooter"? Your game is same with that because you are both abstract themed. But even though everything is abstract, but player do need to understand the relative reason inside the game. The player always needs to know the goals and how to reach the goal.

If you decided to have them explore and understand these themselves, you have to be more carefully. You must rely on your audio, visual, animation, changed of mood, screen-fx to express if he did a good thing or bad thing.

You have to inform the player when the level progresses, when the game is in deadlock.
You have to express the logic through interaction. And the player would feel great if they get the hidden message.

Congratulations on your first solo!

nihilaleph says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 11:47am

@Tanton-H2X Oh thank you, you are too kind! I always try to learn something new to bring and test in LD, but this time I couldn't (well, I did mess around with vector graphics, but that was about it)...
I see, well, hope you improve enough to be able to do everything faster ^^

About the game, lovely graphics and music! Mood and concept is great! But as others pointed out, is really confusing what I'm supposed to do (even with the tips).. In my first play I got stuck after finding the green flower(?).

I think the main reasons for the confusion were the maybe too subtle goals and feedback, I didn't know what I was supposed to do or go (those leaves and little flowers kinda seemed in the background, the other stuffs seemed more important, and at the end I needed to go to the left screen edge...?); and control, it was a bit hard to maneuver, especially without knowing what were the boundaries. Also when I got the green fella the control rules seemed to change suddenly, so it was really hard to go to other places (though I'm not sure if I needed to go somewhere else).

Then I played for a second time and I realized better what I was supposed to do, and I was able to finish!

The last stage was a bit confusing too, but I just followed the pattern of trying to get leaves, and then I saw there was pollination(?) and everything went well!

Anyways, great work! See you later, I guess xp

Sabina Lis says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 6:48pm

Nice mood with the graphics and sound, i couldn't quite understand what to do :/

yuigoto says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 7:57pm

Nice work! :P I still didn't fully get the whole idea, got stuck in the second level but I took the game not only as a game, but also as a great experience in visual and audio! :)

The abstract graphics gave me that feeling of a very small "creature" in its evolutionary stages of life, and the work on the audio really pairs pretty nicely with it! Both totally set up a great mood for the game, and it's really a great one.

Apart from the challenges, the game feels really relaxing while playing an gives me a nice vibe! :)

Great work!

Cheers! :)

Tanton-H2X says ...
May 6, 2016 @ 10:52am

omg! excited~ got 3 new feedbacks yesterday!ahahaha happy!

@guoboism It should be me to say that(about not play your & mizou's game in the first time QoQ) i swear i will more quick next time.
Thanks alot for your feedback,these encouragement really makes me inspired(also important for me) and reminder help/enlightenment me alot from multiple perspectives ; no matter for rethink my level-design or to integration some experience from what i see and learn recently...
(btw, have just known "Everyday Shooter" ,is it this:? )
Finally,very glad to got feedback from you! Cheers~

@nihilaleph Thank you nihilaleph! nomatter your blessing or your precious feedbacks!(also so happy see you again!^^)
now i really relaized that the feedback in my game have some problem..QoQ then about the lyaer in visual, omg,that a big problem!just relaized it ,thank for you remind me!

About L-3,you really smart!!super cool and clear feedback about this scene. otherwise,at the beginning,only think about let these little-yellow-guys to seems like some little creatures originally,fexp,ehhh...some flower-spirit? (btw,i called them YoYo,:P haha!) or maybe symbolizes about protect or these "chance"which waiting to be collected in our life @#$@#$.... but that you said really to remind me some new points i have just not relaized before your said.( pollination = very nice!/cool!) it inspired me more!
maybe,that is the power of feedback? i think. Happy and hope see you again!~

@yuigoto Haha we see agian!very nice&coo!> < your encouragement and feedback very useful for me, Thank you yuigoto~!
by the way, about L-B ,try to find "the[xxx]",then will be clear~ ToT (now,i think my L-A L-B are really too failed ...orz I think maybe i need to fix them and give them a new tidy up recently...)

@keyboardmonkey yup,i have downloaded and played it just the moment when i saw your comment :D
really nice game and great design.also thanks alot for you leave comment for my game at the beginning.

pirate_shell says ...
May 6, 2016 @ 6:38pm

This was a nice little game. I enjoyed the graphics quite a lot and the music was very calm and fitting. The gameplay was quite minimal but I did like the small touches you added, such as the way the character wasn't 100% responsive, almost as if outside forces were pushing him. That was very fitting because I assume the game took place in an environment such as water, where currents are a thing. I couldn't quite figure out the goal of the game, so a tutorial would have been nice, but outside of that - neat enrtry!

phi says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 6:58am

As others have said, the controls are confusing and a tutorial would be nice. Otherwise, very interesting mood and great graphics.

Geckoo1337 says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 10:26am

Ok. Now it works fine. This is a good little game with a quiet aesthetic. Music and sounds are great. It could be better with another controls. Overall, a great entry. Well done ++

ajayajayaj says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 3:20pm

Very confusing, seemed to be moving in the wrong direction, but was very interesting. I think some more detailed instructions could help make this less confusing.

Green Soda says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 5:42am

the graphics!! o_o could do better with a tutorial... a solid entry :D

pavel_insight says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 2:12pm

Good day, Tanton-H2X, thank you for a very kind feedback for my game. I visited your page with a curiosity and - wow! - was impressed with your game, too. It has very good vibes, great mood and graphics. A meditative experience. I agree with guoboism, you build an emotion. Music could be a bit softer, more meditative, but I like it as it is. And I like the title - "The Flower of Sphynx". Your game has a metaphoric language (I appreciate this aspect in games).

Good luck to you! I'm looking forward to playing your game on the next LD!

PowerSpark says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 4:39pm

This game looks very impressive! It is difficult to move around though... Still very interesting to play :D

Tanton-H2X says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 7:06am

@pirate_shell you are so kind ,a slow transition of gameplay really have so many shortcoming,how to let player found it surely need more adjustment to keep balance,and thanks for your feedback.
@phi @ajayajayaj the controll really worth to be adjusted more and more~ thank you!
@Geckoo1337 haha so nice to see you again!
@pavel_insight your advice and feedback really precious! also really encouragement me alot, thank you so much pavel!
@powerspark thankyou spark! very glad to see you each LD,feel very happy~ you always give great game for us~
at the final day of this festival(when the results delivered ,it will be another festival haha XP )
I really appreciate these friends who played my game and gave me your precious feedback! i corrected and adjusted so many points at recently.
in this process i also always think that if this game could be finished more early, it may could collected more meanningful feedbacks/advices... i feel that this section almost have more importance and let me study more than the process of building...(got feedback>adjustment,reciprocating,more and more realize the feedback is so important,espiclally these which wrote by heart.)
i think that's precisely the unique-charm of the LD.have a chance to get these meanningful feedbacks also have chance to send feedback to other people. hope we could make good use of this chance in future and let our game more better.
Thanks alot! Cheers

davor10105 says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 8:37pm

lovely stuff, great job!

Alphish says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 10:53pm

Alright, um, the audiovisuals are really cool and set the mood alright...

...but I have not a slightest idea how to play it. >.<
I can do some Z-swings, I can increase gravity, and I don't know how I'm supposed to turn these skills into.

Too bad, because the rest seems pretty solid. Maybe with clearer instructions/feedback I could figure it out...

medidog says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 11:52pm

You really set the mood very well! Very interesting graphics, love the colors, and the audio is really good. It creates this feeling that you are inside a creature or something like that, like an embryo ^^ Would be nice if there are some tutorial how to play, or even a walk-through video. Overall, good job! Next time, compo! We both can do it next time ;)

Tanton-H2X says ...
May 10, 2016 @ 4:54pm

@davor10105 thankyou davor! and so sorry for that i missed to play your game before the vote-stage finish ToT(because the time which you appeared in my area was deepnight,i sleep too long and when i woke up,the scores have already publish) but i also play and leave my feedback for your game today! really nice work, and also hope my feedback could be useful.^ ^ let's meet next LD! your comment in my page will be the portals for future!

@Alphish very surprise and happy to found that you gave me your feedback when i woke up today!you are so kind~
actually,there are still a core key point in this game is the" find the/your flower",just the flower is different things in each chapters,but surely,the scene-A in my game is really a big problem now...orz, although i enhence the visual-effect for these cues recently, but the scene-A really also easy to let people lost...but i also think it have some connection with the player's enviorment and the frame of mind ...but i also not sure are there some contradictions between my original-design and player's intuition ToT
so... now,i also a little bit confused with my sceneA's design ..orz and i hope there are not some too big core problem to need change it in a large-scale... all in all, i really need more check /re-think/testing for it in future and really thanks for your play and feedback!

@medidog I am really happy that the last comment was from you! really a perfect ending~ and very appreciate a lot for you play my game + remind me about my link's problem!
also i always think,it is really precious that people could came across eachother,which may have/choose similary emphasis for their work.
of course, so agree with you! i think compo could really exercise and inspire people's power, very useful to break some comfort zone and more learn how to more cope with stress great. really glad could meet you this time ^ ^
wish we all could keep going and be better next time

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