At Pain Factory the player faces different tasks which get harder from level to level. After a level is completed points will be awarded. The player can end the game with the earned points or go on with the next level. If the game is aborted during a level, earned points will be halved.

From the second level on 3 lifelines will be available: change task, halve difficulty, standard task. Every lifeline can only be used once and should therefore be used with care. Furthermore lifelines are not available at level five.