Higgins ZX Spectrum Emulator Home Page

This ZX Spectrum 48K/128K/+2 emulator is dedicated to provide you the sense of a real Spectrum machine, as it was (and still is) in real life. The stoutness and precision are our major objectives, just like in Snooker.


23 May, 2008 - Higgins 8.10 alpha 3 available (changes).



We do not like lots of options, at least until implementation is free from sensible deviations.

The emulator provides complete and precise emulation of:

Known deviations are:


Elite Exolon Manic Miner Ms. PacMan Rex Rick Dangerous


This software is a subject to the BSD-like binary license terms:

Copyright (C) 2008, Someone Higgins (jhiggins@yandex.ru)

Redistribution and use without modification is permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

This software is provided by the copyright holders and contributors "as is" and any express or implied warranties, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose are disclaimed. In no event shall the foundation or contributors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement of substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this software, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.


Currently, only the Linux* binary versions available.

higgins810a3.tgz (140KB, 8.10 alpha 3)

Previous versions

higgins810a2.tgz (85KB, 8.10 alpha 2)

higgins810a1.tgz (80KB, first alpha)


To run the emulator just type

in command line and be sure the 48.rom, 128.rom and 128plus2.rom files are in the same directory. The program ignores any command-line options.

Generally, the emulator mimics the spectemu user interface with that difference that Higgins use its own communication console. The control keys recognized are the following:

When using the emulator please keep in mind that all these points are powered by the Not Designed for Game Cheating(TM)* technology.

Keyboard mapping

All letter and digit keys match their PC keyboard equivalents. ENTER and SPACE work for themselves, left SHIFT works for CAPS SHIFT and right SHIFT works for SYMBOL SHIFT.

Problems known


We would like to thank people whose great work help us make this software work properly (sometimes):


We hope this work let you experience the spirit of ZX Spectrum. If you feel something about this work, please let us know at

so we will know what to do next weekend. Thank you too!

Changes history

Higgins 8.10 alpha 3:

Higgins 8.10 alpha 2:

Higgins 8.10 alpha 1:

The latest version can be obtained at



This page last updated 16 May, 2008.

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