Even if title screen says 1993, Rayforce was released in January 1994 in Japan.
Rayforce had great BGM and graphics, so it was very popular in the Japanese gamer community in its time. But not for long... When Street Fighter 2 was released, many a shoot'em up fan turned into an SF2 fan.
The first work of the game producer, Yukio Abe, was "Master of Weapon
" were you can easily find similar gameplay and ideas.
The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'BOO'.
This game is known in European arcades as "Gunlock
Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Rayforce - PCCB-00153) on April 21, 1994.