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Developer(s) Idol Minds
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Version 5.05
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release date(s) Download[1][2]
NA November 29, 2007
EU March 20, 2008
Blu-ray Disc[3]
EU June 24, 2009
AUS June 25, 2009
UK June 26, 2009
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: T
PEGI: 16+
Media Digital Download, Blu-ray Disc
Input methods Gamepad, PlayStation Move

Pain is a 2007 video game for the PlayStation 3, developed by games studio Idol Minds. It was originally released as a downloadable title available from the PlayStation Store and was first released in North America on November 29, 2007 and in Europe on March 20, 2008 and became the most popular downloadable game on the PlayStation Store.[4] In June 2009, SCEE announced that the game is to be released on Blu-ray Disc in Europe on June 24, 2009, in Australia on June 25, 2009 and in the UK on June 26, 2009. The Blu-ray version includes the original game as well as several other levels and features released as downloadable content for the PSN version.[3]



Pain is a video game in which players attempt to damage the ragdoll character they play and the environment as much as possible by flinging them from a rubber-band catapult, using the Havok physics engine. Replay videos can be watched, and can be edited and uploaded to YouTube or the PlayStation 3's hard disc drive.[5]



The player starts with the character Jarvis McBalsy. Other characters can be unlocked or purchased from the PlayStation Store, including Buzz (the host of a video game series of the same name[6]), David Hasselhoff, and Daxter.[7] Non-playable characters are in the background of the game and can be targets of a playable character.

Additional downloads

Originally, the only playable area was the Downtown theme which was the theme that was released with the game. As of September 11, 2008, both Downtown and the "Abusement Park" are playable; the Abusement Park is accessible via the PlayStation Store. The Movie Lot Environment was released on November 13, 2008. The "Sore Spots" expansion, released on May 14, 2009, added two new environments: Area 69 and the Morningwood High gymnasium; both accessible via the PlayStation Store. The Pain museum pack add-on has also been released.

Theme song

The Pain theme song was made by Chuck Carr, and is downloadable through the PlayStation Store.


PainLabs are small levels, one of which takes the place of the last one released every Thursday.


The game has received mixed reviews and has an aggregate score of 71% on Metacritic.[8] GameSpot gave the game a 7.5/10, praising the game for its "great use of Havok physics engine" and "smartly sophomoric sense of humor", but criticized it for having just one level.[9] IGN gave the game a 6.8/10 commenting that "One level, two characters, no online multiplayer and no way to share crazy clips sucks. However, there are a ton of trophies to unlock."[10]

Since the time of these reviews, several levels, online multiplayer, and new playable characters have been added.


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