Thanks to the addition of in-app purchases, Trendy Entertainment has made the Android version of Dungeon Defenders: First Wave free-to-play. The updated version of the hack-and-slash, tower defense hybrid game will allow Android users to purchase "pets, armor, equipment, and a host of other in-game items," and it's available now on the Android Market.

Trendy has also updated the iOS version of the game, which is now optimized for iPad 2 (though the app is still universal). To celebrate, the game has been discounted to $0.99 for the next week. Check out a video of the iPad 2-optimized Dungeon Defenders after the break.

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Dungeon Defenders: First Wave goes Free-to-Play on Android, shows off optimizations for iPad2

Trendy launches a free-to-play version of DD:FW supported by Google's new in-app purchasing, discounts iOS version to $0.99
Gainesville, FL – 29 March 2011 –

Trendy Entertainment will publish a free-to-play version of Dungeon Defenders: First Wave to the Android Marketplace today, now that Google has launched their new in-app purchasing system. This version will allow users to buy pets, armor, equipment, and a host of other in-game items via in-app purchasing.

"Android Market's in-app-billing is a huge way for developers to provide content to gamers and Trendy is thrilled to celebrate this new feature by offering DD:FW for free to Android devices. We hope everybody with a capable device will try it out and tear up some orcs & goblins with us online!" -Jeremy Stieglitz, Development Director, Trendy Entertainment

Dungeon Defenders: First Wave is also available on iOS, where it will go on a week- long sale of $0.99 to celebrate its optimization for the iPad2. Dungeon Defenders: First Wave is one of the only games on the iOS App Store to support full multi-threading on the iPad2's dual-core processors, as you can see in the amazing iPad2 performance video linked below.

"The iOS version of Dungeon Defenders: First Wave is one of the first applications to take full advantage of the iPad 2's dual-core processor and beefy GPU, providing gamers with an eye- watering, HD action-packed online RPG experience! To make the game accessible to everyone, we're discounting it to $0.99 on iOS. Put simply, if you own an iPad 2, you owe it to yourself to play this game and experience what your powerful new device is truly capable of!" -Jeremy Stieglitz, Development Director, Trendy Entertainment

This article was originally published on Joystiq.