Most Maxis titles were simulation-based, though none were considered traditional simulations. Maxis founder Will Wright, likened them to "digital playgrounds". Maxis had also released games developed by other production houses, such as A-Train, sometimes with less than stellar results.
Contrary to popular myth, the company's name was not based on the words "six AM" spelled backwards. Rather, it was derived from a formula suggested by Jeff Braun's father: computer game companies should have two-syllable names and should include an 'x'.