GameSpot: "Dawn of Discovery for the Wii has a delightful visual style, with vivid colors and simple but appealing designs for structures and ships that makes furnishing the world all the more pleasurable, such as creating a charming clockwork miniature. You can zoom in close to get a good view of the market carts going to and fro along your roads and zoom out far enough to look down upon entire islands.
Lovely clouds drift across the sky, your ships glide happily across smooth blue seas, and the idealized world of Dawn of Discovery is an enchanting place to spend time. The jaunty music befits the visuals and evokes the adventurous spirit of settling on a new frontier. There's plenty of voice acting on hand, too. Most of it comes from your two advisors, the bookish Cornelius Devenport and the bold Evelyn Bellard, who do a fine job of nudging you in the right direction without being overbearing about it, and should you grow tired of their hints, you can always turn them off.
It doesn't have the era-spanning historical scope that many games of this type have, nor does it bring anything new to the table. And despite a somewhat misleading statement on the back of the box, there's no meaningful multiplayer of any kind here--the second player can't do anything more significant than point at the screen, honk horns and shoot off fireworks.
But the flaws here aren't enough to overshadow the pleasure of building your cities, sailing the seas, and discovering what awaits over the horizon. The brisk pace and accessible city-building mechanics make Dawn of Discovery a game that should appeal to the adventurous spirit in just about anyone."