The game has you take on the role of Blitz Ymir, once a warrior for the Aesir, who is made an offer by Loki. Besides the trickster god, Blitz meets other important figures and warriors in Norse mythology, from the gods to einherjar and valkyries.
Balmung Cycle uses rips from the game Treasure of the Rudra. Beyond that, it stands on its own legs, with its own take on an active-time battle system, RPG character tropes and minigames (including dueling and rescuing a man from heart failure).
Tropes found in Balmung Cycle:
- Hijacked by Jesus: Most of the world seems to inexplicably follow a monotheistic religion that seems unrelated to any of the Norse Gods who are present in the setting.
- Limit Break: By building up your adrenaline points, each character can perform wicked, over-the-top Hyper Attacks. You can also spend adrenaline on minor skills.
- She Is All Grown Up: Elm following the time skip, though no one really comments on this.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: A lot of sub-plots drop off without explanation, notably Hod's.